Victoria proposes sheep mulesing definition change ‘by stealth’

OPPOSITION is mounting this week to a proposed change “by stealth” of the definition of sheep mulesing in Victoria…Read More

Terry Sim, September 16, 2019

English shearer will be aiming for a record in memory of his Grace

ENGLISH shearer Stu Connor is mounting possibly the bravest of world record challenges as he hunts-down a record of 867 lambs in nine hours next Saturday…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, September 16, 2019

Sheep meat processors bid on reduced AuctionsPlus offering

SHEEP meat processors were active again on mainly light lambs and mutton sheep in a reduced online offering last week…Read More

Sheep Central, September 16, 2019

Sheep carcase trait accuracy to benefit from new DNA test

SHEEP carcase and eating quality trait breeding value accuracies are expected to be the biggest benefactors of a new multi-trait DNA test now available to Australian sheep producers…Read More

Sheep Central, September 16, 2019

MLA releases videos to help sheep and cattle producers use breeding values

MEAT & Livestock Australia has released a series of timely tips and tools for wool, sheep meat and commercial beef producers looking to buy high-performing sires to improve productivity in their flock or herd…Read More

Sheep Central, September 16, 2019

Western Australian Merino breeders reminded to use their Yardstick

WESTERN Australian Merino sheep producers have been reminded to access the latest objective measurement information captured by the Yardstick sire evaluation project…Read More

Sheep Central, September 16, 2019

Live sheep importer looks to South Africa as WA trade resumes

LIVE sheep shipments to the Middle East from Western Australia will resume this month after an extended trade moratorium amid increased concerns exporters are looking elsewhere for supplies…Read More

Terry Sim, September 13, 2019



Industry Dashboard

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ASX Market Index

16 Sep 2019 (updated 10am daily)
Company Price Trending
Elders $6.83
Australian Agricultural Co $1.04
Graincorp $8..18
Ruralco $4.40
Ridley $1.03
Woolworths $36.43
Wellard $0.05
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ESTLI

Eastern States Trade Lamb Indicator. Ac/kg cwt

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815
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EMI

Eastern Market Indicator. c/kg clean

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1535
Source: Australian Wool Exchange

SOI Graph

Southern Oscillation Index (SOI)

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-2.99
Source: Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Goat Graph

Eastern States 12.1-16kg c/kg cwt

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902
Source: MLA

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News

Victoria proposes sheep mulesing definition change ‘by stealth’

OPPOSITION is mounting this week to a proposed change “by stealth” of the definition of sheep mulesing in Victoria…Read More

Terry Sim, September 16, 2019

English shearer will be aiming for a record in memory of his Grace

ENGLISH shearer Stu Connor is mounting possibly the bravest of world record challenges as he hunts-down a record of 867 lambs in nine hours next Saturday…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, September 16, 2019

Sheep meat processors bid on reduced AuctionsPlus offering

SHEEP meat processors were active again on mainly light lambs and mutton sheep in a reduced online offering last week…Read More

Sheep Central, September 16, 2019

Sheep carcase trait accuracy to benefit from new DNA test

SHEEP carcase and eating quality trait breeding value accuracies are expected to be the biggest benefactors of a new multi-trait DNA test now available to Australian sheep producers…Read More

Sheep Central, September 16, 2019

Markets

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – August 2019

WHEN livestock, wool or grain prices are good, lock some away, writes Chris Howie in this month’s update of southern livestock market trends and opportunities…Read More

Chris Howie, September 3, 2019

Murray Arnel report: Sheep, wool markets and season stymie Wycheproof sale

A SMALL number of negative market signals has taken the shine off what was anticipated to be a buoyant Elders Wycheproof store sheep sale last Friday…Read More

Murray Arnel, September 2, 2019

Sheep and lamb prices lift for reduced AuctionsPlus offering

PRICES improved for a reduced online sheep and lamb offering on AuctionsPlus last week, with numbers falling 9000 to 49,800 head…Read More

Sheep Central, August 19, 2019

Wool sellers balk at auction price drops of up to 200 cents

MORE than half the wool scheduled to sell at Australian auctions this week went unsold as growers balked at the biggest market downturn in more than 10 years…Read More

Sheep Central, August 16, 2019

Lamb Production

WoolProducers seeks new Foot and Mouth Disease trainees

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia is seeking nominations from industry people interested in real-time Foot and Mouth Disease training in Nepal…Read More

Sheep Central, August 19, 2019

Agriculture Victoria canvasses sheep and goat duty options

VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers are being asked to have their say on potentially increasing the 12-cent sale duty or levy they are charged when an animal is sold…Read More

Terry Sim, August 16, 2019

Sheep breeder seeks government commitment on AWI

AUSTRALIA’S Federal Government was sent a strong message to commit to full implementation of governance changes within Australian Wool Innovation, during an ANZ Agribusiness lunch panel session at Hamilton’s Sheepvention rural expo this week…Read More

Terry Sim, August 7, 2019

Tom Bull at ICMJ: Lessons from a livestock leader

Tom Bull didn’t have a farm to go home to when he graduated from ag college, and knew he would have to find his own way to succeed in agriculture. 20 years later, it seems safe to say he found it…Read More

James Nason, July 17, 2019

Wool Production

WoolProducers seeks new Foot and Mouth Disease trainees

PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia is seeking nominations from industry people interested in real-time Foot and Mouth Disease training in Nepal…Read More

Sheep Central, August 19, 2019

Australia’s wool production tipped to hit lowest level in 95 years

AUSTRALIA’S wool production is forecast to hit its lowest level in almost 100 years this financial year, with market and seasonal conditions not indicating a quick turn-around…Read More

Sheep Central, August 16, 2019

Sheep breeder seeks government commitment on AWI

AUSTRALIA’S Federal Government was sent a strong message to commit to full implementation of governance changes within Australian Wool Innovation, during an ANZ Agribusiness lunch panel session at Hamilton’s Sheepvention rural expo this week…Read More

Terry Sim, August 7, 2019

Eight month shearing works for top Elders wool growers

A SWITCH to eight-monthly shearing and containment yard use has helped Tatyoon’s sixth generation fine wool operation Roseville Ridge take out the prestigious Elders Southern Clip of the Year award..Read More

Terry Sim, August 7, 2019

Processing

NZ shearer sets new crossbred lamb shearing record

NEW Zealand shearer Aiden Copp on Saturday became the latest shearer to set world records on both sides of the Tasman Sea with a new record for Merino crossbred lambs achieved in a Riverina shed…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, August 19, 2019

Meat processors condemn illegal abattoir operation

The operators of an alleged illegal slaughterhouse outside Melbourne should face the harshest available penalties, the Australian Meat Industry Council says…Read More

Sheep Central, August 2, 2019

Growing NSW shearing school gets hands-on with politicians

N inspiring shearing school in New South Wale’s New England region introducing rural youth to a career in the wool industry is looking for new students…Read More

Sheep Central, July 10, 2019

Woodward Foods in expansion mood after Chinese investor deal

VICTORIAN lamb and beef processor Woodward Foods has completed a deal to sell a 49pc minority shareholding in the diversified business to a substantial Hong Kong-based Chinese investor. The completion of the deal will provide a capital base for Woodward to embark on an expansion plan for beef and sheep meat production, targeted primarily at China. ..Read More

Jon Condon, June 18, 2019

Trade

Cold Turkey trade steers Wellard to $48.3m loss

UNTIL recently Australia’s largest livestock exporter, Wellard Limited has confirmed it is not currently trading livestock at all and focusing exclusively on chartering its ships, as it reports a significant net loss for a fourth successive financial year…Read More

James Nason, August 29, 2019

AWI CEO McCullough condemned for wool sale mechanism comment

WOOL growers, brokers and exporters have condemned comments by Australian Wool Innovation chief executive officer Stuart McCullough that the industry might consider an emergency strategy or mechanism to manage bale sales…Read More

Terry Sim, August 19, 2019

Elders wool co-ordinator Sam Wan takes service to new level

ELDERS wool technical co-ordinator and auctioneer Samantha Wan has undertaken an array of industry roles while taking her company service role to new levels in technological development…Read More

Sheep Central, August 19, 2019

Russell blends innovation and skills to market wool and sheep

AUSTRALIAN Wool Network’s Russell Macgugan has taken a forward-looking approach to wool marketing in his eight years as a broker, with a strong focus on innovative development of the Merino..Read More

Terry Sim, August 16, 2019

Property

Historic Kadlunga sale will add to Collinsville Merino operations

THE historic Kadlunga aggregation in South Australia’s Clare Valley has been bought in an off-market buyer-initiated deal by Collinsville Merino Stud’s George and Sophie Millington. The 3923ha aggregation near Mintaro..Read More

Sheep Central, June 12, 2019

TFI’s Texas Downs sale to test value of Lower Darling country

ANOTHER corporate investor is set to exit the Menindee district in western New South Wales with Thomas Foods International’s listing of its 5278-hectare property Texas Downs…Read More

Liz Wells, April 30, 2019

Merino breeders buy Victorian showcase Mt Fyans for $37 million

NEW South Wales stud Merino breeders Ian and Camilla Shippen have paid $37 million for Mt Fyans, one of the largest and most highly regarded agricultural holdings in Victoria’s Western District…Read More

Linda Rowley, December 7, 2018

Weekly Property Review: Is it possible to fence in value?

IS the growing momentum being seen in investment in exclusion fencing for wild dog and kangaroo control yet being reflected in property values? Property editor Linda Rowley puts the question to a number of rural land valuers and other stakeholders…. ..Read More

Property editor Linda Rowley, November 29, 2018

Beef Central

Farm invasion laws: Where is each State up to?

With the ink barely dry on new Federal laws passed last week to strengthen protections against illegal trespass and farm invasion, Colin Bettles looks at how moves by each State..Read More

Ferocious debate erupts over ‘vegan terrorists’

A tempestuous political debate has zeroed-in on the rights of farmers to produce livestock for human food consumption, without suffering endangerment due to escalating threats and illegal intimidation driven by..Read More

NT Govt plans will suffocate ag investment: NTCA

The Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association has warned changes being made by the NT Government to the Non-Pastoral Permit system will have dire consequences for future agricultural investment in the Territory...Read More

Farm invasion bill passes Federal Parliament

New laws that will strengthen farmer protections against escalating animal rights activism and harassment have passed the Federal Parliament, introducing tougher penalties for convictions...Read More

Grain Central

Farm invasion bill passes Federal Parliament

New laws that will strengthen farmer protections against escalating animal rights activism and harassment have passed the Federal Parliament, introducing tougher penalties for convictions...Read More

Elders given all clear to acquire AIRR rural wholesaler

The ACCC will not oppose the proposed acquisition of rural wholesale buying group Australian Independent Rural Retailers (AIRR) by Elders...Read More

Drought support kicks in as NSW dry tightens grip

A special, drought support bus is touring the hard-hit regions of NSW, bringing front-line drought assistance and information to farming communities...Read More

Ag prognosis improves slightly, volatility remains: NAB

Agribusiness conditions across the country improved slightly in August 2019, on the back of a solid, late break in southern Australia, according to the NAB’s third Agribusiness Banker Survey...Read More

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