New world sheep dog pup record set at Skipton UK

A NEW world record price of $£6,100 or A$10,820 was paid for unbroken pup at the most recent Skipton Auction Mart online working sheep dog sale…Read More

Sheep Central, January 27, 2021

Weekly non-mulesed wool focus needed, not special sales

DESIGNATED non-mulesed wool sales could interfere with the normal flow of wool onto the market and create a supply squeeze at other times, according to New England Wool managing director Andrew Blanch…Read More

Sheep Central, January 27, 2021

Wool sector tested in virtual exotic disease exercise

A VIRTUAL wool industry emergency animal disease response exercise has highlighted the need for improved communications and an enhanced wool traceability system in the sector…Read More

Sheep Central, January 27, 2021

Project highlights Victorian sheep and lamb income increases

RECORD high lamb and beef prices have enabled south-west Victorian farms in the state’s Livestock Farm Monitor Project to record their highest gross farm incomes in fifty years…Read More

Sheep Central, January 27, 2021

Goat fertility study estimates cost of kid losses

KID loss is a significant cost to Australia’s growing farmed goat meat sector, an on-farm and desktop research study has found.  ..Read More

Sheep Central, January 27, 2021

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 27 January 2021

Rainfall was recorded in all states and territories, with moderate to heavy falls across the northern tropics…Read More

Bureau of Meteorology, January 27, 2021

Rural achievers recognised in 2021 Australia Day honours

Victorian meat processor Colin McKenna, Angus cattle industry pioneer and innovator the late Andrew Gubbins, and former secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture Daryl Quinlivan have been recognised in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List announced this morning…Read More

Sheep Central, January 26, 2021



Industry Dashboard

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Elders $10.66
Australian Agricultural Co $1.10
Graincorp $4.20
Ridley $0.92
Woolworths $41.87
Wellard $0.61
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ESTLI

Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator. Ac/kg cwt

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EMI

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Eastern States 12.1-16kg c/kg cwt

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What readers are saying

Weekly non-mulesed wool focus needed, not special sales

I do hope Australian wool growers heed your advice Andrew. In an increasingly complicated world it is reassuring to see our exporters communicating vital messages directly to the growers.....

Peter Small
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UNE researchers find virtual fencing is less stressful for sheep

I like the reference to sheep intelligence in this report. I always say it takes a smart man to out-think a sheep. New applications might be shrinking the....

Lloyd Dunlop
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Shearing contractors canvass above-award pay rates

You only need to shear 500 a week on the current rate to make about $80,000 a year. So you want the rate to go up $2.50 to $5.80....

Tom Casey
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Landline’s popular Kerry Lonergan axed by ABC

It was the last decent show on the ABC, but this is nasty treatment of Kerry and the last time I'll bother with the ABC.....

Ken Wright
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News

New world sheep dog pup record set at Skipton UK

A NEW world record price of $£6,100 or A$10,820 was paid for unbroken pup at the most recent Skipton Auction Mart online working sheep dog sale…Read More

Sheep Central, January 27, 2021

Weekly non-mulesed wool focus needed, not special sales

DESIGNATED non-mulesed wool sales could interfere with the normal flow of wool onto the market and create a supply squeeze at other times, according to New England Wool managing director Andrew Blanch…Read More

Sheep Central, January 27, 2021

Wool sector tested in virtual exotic disease exercise

A VIRTUAL wool industry emergency animal disease response exercise has highlighted the need for improved communications and an enhanced wool traceability system in the sector…Read More

Sheep Central, January 27, 2021

Project highlights Victorian sheep and lamb income increases

RECORD high lamb and beef prices have enabled south-west Victorian farms in the state’s Livestock Farm Monitor Project to record their highest gross farm incomes in fifty years…Read More

Sheep Central, January 27, 2021

Markets

First cross ewes to $424, Merinos to $358 at Deniliquin

BREEDERS’ lines of empty, unjoined ewes and those scanned in-lamb with high percentages met the best demand at the Deniliquin store sheep sale on Friday…Read More

Murray Arnel, January 18, 2021

South-west Victorian sheep and lamb offering dominates online

AUSTRALIA’S online sheep and lamb offering fell by about 54,000 to 135,895 head last week, despite some large commercial ewe sales…Read More

Sheep Central, December 14, 2020

Chinese retail demand prompts lift in Australian wool prices

RENEWED demand from mainly China has lifted the Australian wool market this week, raising crossbred and Merino fleece prices…Read More

Sheep Central, December 11, 2020

Wool auction action spurs forward market activity

BROAD wool-buying interest pushed the spot auction market higher this week as exporters and processors finalised their prompt purchases ahead of the Christmas/New Year recess…Read More

Sheep Central, December 11, 2020

Lamb Production

UNE researchers find virtual fencing is less stressful for sheep

VIRTUAL fencing of sheep using audio signals and electric pulses to train the animals to respect a boundary is far less stressful than other standard farming practices, University of New England researchers have found…Read More

Sheep Central, December 16, 2020

Victorian sheep farmer admits guilt on animal cruelty charges

A VICTORIAN sheep farmer has escaped jail by pleading guilty to four charges of animal cruelty in the Bendigo Magistrates Court…Read More

Sheep Central, December 16, 2020

Kiwis show up Aussies with impressive lamb marking results

A COMPARISON of New Zealand’s latest lamb performance figures with Australian data indicates there is still huge potential for improved lamb survival in this country…Read More

Sheep Central, December 14, 2020

Ewe containment yields big benefits at Wagga Wagga

EWE containment has served up big benefits for New South Wales prime lamb producers Derk and Fiona Meurs, including maintaining sheep condition, pasture conservation and reduced labour costs…Read More

Sheep Central, December 14, 2020

Wool Production

Wool 2030 plan needs commitment and support

A TEN-YEAR Merino-focussed strategic plan for Australia’s wool industry has been released, with aims to increase the size and value of the nation’s flock…Read More

Sheep Central, December 16, 2020

UNE researchers find virtual fencing is less stressful for sheep

VIRTUAL fencing of sheep using audio signals and electric pulses to train the animals to respect a boundary is far less stressful than other standard farming practices, University of New England researchers have found…Read More

Sheep Central, December 16, 2020

Victorian sheep farmer admits guilt on animal cruelty charges

A VICTORIAN sheep farmer has escaped jail by pleading guilty to four charges of animal cruelty in the Bendigo Magistrates Court…Read More

Sheep Central, December 16, 2020

Ewe containment yields big benefits at Wagga Wagga

EWE containment has served up big benefits for New South Wales prime lamb producers Derk and Fiona Meurs, including maintaining sheep condition, pasture conservation and reduced labour costs…Read More

Sheep Central, December 14, 2020

Processing

Cost of arthritis in lambs defined in trim severity project

LAMB producers have lost up to $18 a carcase due to trimming because of arthritis, according to a trim severity scoring system being developed by Gundagai Meat Processors…Read More

Sheep Central, December 11, 2020

AWEX eBale project to go live with first ePacks

WOOL growers are being sought to take part in the latest stage of the Australian Wool Exchange’s supply chain traceability eBale project…Read More

Sheep Central, December 9, 2020

Victorian meat workers to undergo COVID-19 surveillance testing

A QUARTER of workers in Victoria’s larger meat processors will have to be tested for COVID-19 every week, in an initiative announced by the State Government today…Read More

Terry Sim, September 30, 2020

NZ environmental and carbon reforms feed low farmer confidence

GOVERNMENT-LED environmental and carbon reforms are underpinning the biggest surveyed drop in New Zealand farmer confidence in three years…Read More

Sheep Central, September 30, 2020

Trade

TFI breaks ground on new Murray Bridge sheep-beef plant

THE first sods have been turned on Thomas Foods International’s new multi-species plant at Murray Bridge that aims to process up to 15,000 sheep and lambs, and 1200 head of beef, daily…Read More

Sheep Central, December 16, 2020

Lamb and wool demand to stay steady into 2021 – Rural Bank

DEMAND for Australian sheep meat is expected to remain steady and wool prices are expected to steadily recover, in the first half of 2021, according to Rural Bank’s Australian agriculture outlook 2021…Read More

Sheep Central, December 16, 2020

Wool set for boost from cotton-synthetic price ratio comparison

RECENT wool price levels compared to synthetic and cotton fibre values should support demand for Australian wool by garment markers, weavers and knitters, according to leading industry consultant Chris Wilcox…Read More

Sheep Central, December 14, 2020

Victorian lamb plants seek resumption of China exports

AUSTRALIA is seeking the resumption of sheep meat exports from two Victorian abattoirs to China, as trade tensions between the two countries continue…Read More

Terry Sim, December 9, 2020

Property

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

Property: $14m Terrica deal grows Grimwade & Gordon sheep estate

THE 15,990 hectare Terrica aggregation in southern Queensland’s Traprock region has been added to the impressive grazing property portfolio of BRW rich-lister Michael Gordon and well-known sheep breeders Will and George Grimwade…Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, August 25, 2020

Agricultural land prices to defy COVID-19 economic downturn, says report

AUSTRALIAN agricultural land prices are expected to hold firm through 2020, defying the effects of a severe COVID-19-led global recession, according to a new report compiled by Rabobank. In the..Read More

Sheep Central, June 1, 2020

Beef Central

Rural achievers recognised in 2021 Australia Day honours list

Angus cattle industry pioneer and innovator the late Andrew Gubbins, Victorian meat processor Colin McKenna and former secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture Daryl Quinlivan have been recognised in..Read More

Govt grants aim to build national fuel security

Applications have opened for the Boosting Australia's Diesel Storage program, a project that will contribute to the Federal Government’s long-term fuel security goal to increase domestic fuel storage to meet..Read More

Fearless livestock emissions crusader to address Beef 2021 gathering

Prominent US animal scientist Frank Mitloehner has been confirmed as one of the keynote conference speakers during Beef 2021 event in Rockhampton in May. He will feature during an information-packed..Read More

Don’t forget country Australia in COVID-19 vaccine rollout: Rural Health Alliance

With the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine formally approved for use in Australia today, the National Rural Health Alliance is urging Federal Health Minister Greg Hunt to ensure that vulnerable people in..Read More

Grain Central

Govt grants aim to build national fuel security

Applications have opened for the Boosting Australia's Diesel Storage program, a project that will contribute to the Federal Government’s long-term fuel security goal to increase domestic fuel storage to meet..Read More

Rural achievers recognised in 2021 Australia Day honours list

Angus cattle industry pioneer and innovator the late Andrew Gubbins, Victorian meat processor Colin McKenna and former secretary of the Federal Department of Agriculture Daryl Quinlivan have been recognised in..Read More

Anti-irrigator bias perverts Murray Darling water-sharing policy

Next-generation farmer, Sam Heagney, says irrigators unjustly bear the brunt of political point scoring when it comes to water sharing in the Murray Darling Basin..Read More

Strike Energy’s planned urea plant to displace imports

Strike Energy plans to build a plant near Geraldton which can manufacturer 1.4 million tonnes of urea primarily for sale to Australian farmers. ..Read More

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