WA sheep-cropping farms top global profitability comparison

WESTERN Australia’s top mixed sheep-cropping farms are the most profitable in the world, according to an agri-benchmark report released by Meat & Livestock Australia today…Read More

Terry Sim, May 14, 2021

Chicken and red meat align over plant-based protein labelling

CHICKEN and red meat groups have sided in a show of unity between the two large competing animal protein sectors to call for Australian Governments to regulate to protect against terms such as meat, chicken and beef from being hi-jacked by plant-based alternatives…Read More

James Nason, May 14, 2021

Wool prices slip lower as premium 1PP bales feature in Sydney

AUSTRALIAN wool prices generally fell slightly at auctions this week, with crossbred wool values dropping by up to 40 cents, as the national offering increased by 2213 bales to 49,771 bales…Read More

Sheep Central, May 14, 2021

Strong demand puts Merino and crossbred lambs on equal pegging

LAMB prices surged at saleyards in Victoria early this week, with heavy Merinos and crossbreds at times making equal money on a carcase weight basis…Read More

Sheep Central, May 14, 2021

Movement at the station: Sheep and goat properties feature in listings

THIS week’s property review includes a number of interesting recent listings of interest to sheep and goat producers. Well known poll Merino stud for auction Carbon income on Thargomindah’s Wombula..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, May 14, 2021

Forward wool trading continues in limited volumes

FORWARD wool market trading continued with limited volumes this week, with firm bidding the spot auction market slipped for the second week in a row…Read More

Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Markets partner, May 14, 2021

SafeWork NSW has ‘failed’ on shearing shed safety issue – SCAA

A NEW South Wales shearing contractor fined $16,500 after roustabout Casey Barnes was scalped by an overhead shearing gear shaft in 2017 wants mandatory use of safer equipment in wool sheds…Read More

Terry Sim, May 12, 2021



Industry Dashboard

$A / $US Graph

Updated 7am daily
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0.7730
Source: NAB

ASX Market Index

16 May 2021 (updated 10am daily)
Company Price Trending
Elders $11.58
Australian Agricultural Co $1.13
Graincorp $5.26
Ridley $1.00
Woolworths $40.94
Wellard $0.06
Source: ASX

ESTLI

Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator. Ac/kg cwt

Last Week

855
Source: MLA's NLRS

EMI

Eastern Market Indicator. c/kg clean

Today

1277
Source: Australian Wool Exchange

SOI Graph

Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

Today

0.28
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Goat Graph

Eastern States 12.1-16kg c/kg cwt

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813
Source: MLA

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News

WA sheep-cropping farms top global profitability comparison

WESTERN Australia’s top mixed sheep-cropping farms are the most profitable in the world, according to an agri-benchmark report released by Meat & Livestock Australia today…Read More

Terry Sim, May 14, 2021

Chicken and red meat align over plant-based protein labelling

CHICKEN and red meat groups have sided in a show of unity between the two large competing animal protein sectors to call for Australian Governments to regulate to protect against terms such as meat, chicken and beef from being hi-jacked by plant-based alternatives…Read More

James Nason, May 14, 2021

Wool prices slip lower as premium 1PP bales feature in Sydney

AUSTRALIAN wool prices generally fell slightly at auctions this week, with crossbred wool values dropping by up to 40 cents, as the national offering increased by 2213 bales to 49,771 bales…Read More

Sheep Central, May 14, 2021

Strong demand puts Merino and crossbred lambs on equal pegging

LAMB prices surged at saleyards in Victoria early this week, with heavy Merinos and crossbreds at times making equal money on a carcase weight basis…Read More

Sheep Central, May 14, 2021

Markets

Chris Howie’s market wrap: Season in south starting to bite

DETERIORATING pasture conditions have brought lambs forward, covering processor requirements into May, but the impact of African Swine Fever is still driving demand, Chris Howie writes in his monthly wrap of market trends and opportunities…Read More

Chris Howie, May 3, 2021

Online sheep and lamb listings surge for cautious buyers

ONLINE sheep and lamb listings almost doubled last week, crashing clearance rates and prices in some categories, and especially for joined and scanned in-lamb ewes as producers look to their feed reserves…Read More

Sheep Central, April 19, 2021

Buyers hit AuctionsPlus for fine wools after Easter break

ONLINE wool buying activity increased on AuctionsPlus last week as physical auctions resumed to softer demand after the Easter recess…Read More

Sheep Central, April 19, 2021

Fine Merino wool in demand at post-Easter auction sales

FINE Merino fleece prices improved in national auctions this week, reaching a two-year high for 17 micron wool in Melbourne, as sales resumed after the annual one-week Easter recess…Read More

Sheep Central, April 16, 2021

Lamb Production

Ouyen saleyards upgrade set to lift capacity

VICTORIAN Mallee town Ouyen expects to increase its sheep saleyard throughput after a $111,000-plus upgrade that was officially opened yesterday…Read More

Sheep Central, April 16, 2021

Most sheep producers to rebuild flocks without buying ewes

MOST Australian sheep producers intend to maintain or increase their breeding ewe flock without buying in over the next 12 months, a recent survey has indicated…Read More

Sheep Central, April 14, 2021

Ewe and lamb survival tools are webinar focus

TOOLS to optimise ewe and lamb survival and manage risk will be outlined in a webinar next week…Read More

Sheep Central, April 14, 2021

Will our sheep dogs need to learn how to fly? + VIDEO

FARM quality assurance programs could one day specify the use of drones rather than dogs or motorbikes to muster livestock, after research showing mustering with an unmanned aerial vehicle was less stressful for sheep and goats…Read More

Sheep Central, April 12, 2021

Wool Production

This genetic option to mulesing can keep quality wool on Merinos

MERINO breeders selecting for high follicle density can breed a high wool and meat-producing dual purpose sheep that would not need to be mulesed, according to South Australian breeder Andrew Michael…Read More

Terry Sim, March 31, 2021

WoolProducers is ‘Raising the Baa’ for industry youth … again

PEAK grower body WoolProducers Australia is seeking new nominations for its ‘Raising the Baa’ Leadership in Agriculture Program…Read More

Sheep Central, March 31, 2021

No WoolQ revenue after $6.3 million spent over five years

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has spent $6.3 million in growers’ levy funds on the WoolQ Market platform over the past five years but it has failed to generate any revenue, Senate Estimates was told yesterday…Read More

Terry Sim, March 24, 2021

AWI grilled on 2019 election and agri-political activity claim

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has been grilled over its 2019 board election nomination process and a claim of agri-political activity, at a Senate Estimates hearing yesterday…Read More

Terry Sim, March 24, 2021

Processing

Could bullet train technology be the shot for lamb processing?

RED meat researchers are looking at how the magnetic conveying technology used in bullet trains to get millions of Japanese commuters home safely might be used in the lamb processing sector…Read More

Sheep Central, April 16, 2021

Scott wins $10m lamb boning system contract with TFI + VIDEO

Australian meat processor Thomas Foods International has awarded a $10 million automated lamb boning systems contract to New Zealand’s Scott Technology Ltd…Read More

Sheep Central, April 14, 2021

Red Meat R&D: Upping our game in processing efficiency

WHAT could video games and the Australian meat processing sector possibly have in common? If you’ve always thought of game-playing as an activity that happens outside work, it might be time to think again. ..Read More

Sheep Central, March 28, 2021

Shearing rate increase continues, but would KPIs work?

AUSTRALIA’S peak shearing contractor body is continuing a 15pc shearer rate and industry wage increase trial until a review later in the year, when New Zealand-based workers might be able to return…Read More

Terry Sim, March 22, 2021

Trade

ABARES calculates cost of agricultural trade protection

PROTECTIONIST agricultural trade measures have the potential to cost the Australian economy $1 trillion over 30 years, according to an ABARES research paper released today…Read More

Sheep Central, April 19, 2021

Limited global lamb supplies supporting Australian prices

AUSTRALIAN lamb exports dropped 20 percent year-on-year in the 12 months to March, according to Meat & Livestock Australia…Read More

Sheep Central, April 19, 2021

Ouyen saleyards upgrade set to lift capacity

VICTORIAN Mallee town Ouyen expects to increase its sheep saleyard throughput after a $111,000-plus upgrade that was officially opened yesterday…Read More

Sheep Central, April 16, 2021

Australia backs livestock exports despite NZ sea shipment ban plan

AUSTRALIA’S Government and exporters have backed continuing live sheep and cattle exports despite a New Zealand plan to end all livestock shipments by sea by 2023 being applauded by the RSPCA…Read More

Terry Sim, April 14, 2021

Property

Historic Minjah property sale underway to MH Premium Farms

Historic south-west Victorian property Minjah is in the process of being sold to the NSW-based company MH Premiums Farms for about $36 million…Read More

Terry Sim, February 17, 2021

Lamb and beef operations choose high rainfall zone to finish stock

SHEEP and beef producers seeking reliable land for livestock finishing are buying into the higher rainfall areas of Victoria, including former dairy regions, according to Elders rural real estate specialist at Camperdown Rob Rickard…Read More

Terry Sim, February 15, 2021

Local farmer syndicate pays $80m for Victoria’s Banongill station

AGRICULTURAL fund manager, Laguna Bay has agreed to sell its flagship Victorian Western District cropping and livestock holding, Banongill Station, for about $80 million to a consortium of local farming families…Read More

Sheep Central, October 27, 2020

Ag land prices to enter no-to-low price growth phase

AUSTRALIAN agricultural land is entering a new price phase with low-to-no growth in median prices forecast over the next 18 months, according to a new industry report…Read More

Sheep Central, September 14, 2020

Beef Central

Chicken and red meat align over plant-based protein labelling

Chicken and red meat groups have sided in a show of unity between the two large competing animal protein sectors to call for Australian Governments to regulate to protect against..Read More

Beef 2021: Feed efficiency bonus in methane inhibiting seaweed additive

The feedlot industry is set to be the big early winner in beef’s new silver bullet – seaweed. It’s ability to reduce cattle methane emissions to undetectable levels has the..Read More

Recruitment: ICMJ ‘sliding doors moment’ a life changer for Sarah Stewart

In the countdown to the 2021 Inter-Collegiate Meat Judging Association Conference at Wagga in July, Beef Central is publishing a weekly series of case studies on former ICMJ participants, now..Read More

Collaborative action needed to improve soil health

While welcoming national soil health strategies announced this week in the Federal Budget, WA mixed farmer and Nuffield Scholar Johanna Tomlinson says well-funded local research, extension and monitoring are needed..Read More

Grain Central

GrainCorp posts strong 1H21 result, lifts FY21 outlook

GrainCorp has posted an underlying EBITDA of $140 million for the six months to March 31, up $35M on its corresponding 1H20 figure, and has lifted its earnings guidance for..Read More

Federal Budget: Soils, asset write-offs big winners for ag

Farming bodies have reacted favourably to the Federal Government's 2021-22 Budget handed down last night, which includes big spends for soils and biosecurity, and an extension to the instant asset..Read More

Doubled dose for bait approved to help control mice

The allowable limit of zinc phosphide for baited grain is being doubled to help grain growers and handlers get on top of the mouse plague now impacting parts of Australia...Read More

Glencore Ag rebrands as Viterra, March biggest ever rail month

Viterra in Australia has reported its biggest ever rail out-turn month with 215,000t shifted in March as the company rebrands globally from Glencore Agriculture...Read More

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