WA online tool analyses flock composition profitability

RECENT Western Australian analysis of the profits inherent in minimising ewe mortality has underpinned the release of an innovative flock composition tool…Read More

Sheep Central, December 13, 2019

Australian clip tops $1 billion mark – two months later

AUSTRALIA’S national wool auction turnover passed the $1 billion dollar value mark this week, two months later than last season…Read More

Sheep Central, December 13, 2019

Wellard sells second ship, Ocean Shearer, for $77m

Wellard Limited today announce to the ASX that it has signed a term sheet to sell the MV Ocean Shearer, the world’s largest purpose-built livestock export vessel, for US$53.0 million (AUD $77 million)…Read More

Sheep Central, December 13, 2019

Superfine wool leader backs growers’ rights and new AWI board

AUSTRALIAN superfine wool grower leader Danny Picker has renewed support for Merino flock owners to decide individual best practice animal welfare for their flocks, even above the demands of the..Read More

Terry Sim, December 13, 2019

London’s historic Smithfield meat market set to close, after 800 years + photos

  CENTRAL London’s famous Smithfield market, which has been used by meat and livestock traders for more than 800 years, is expected to close in coming years and relocate to..Read More

Jon Condon, December 13, 2019

Recruitment: Engaging with job candidates over Christmas/New Year

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching and so we ask does the festive season affect recruiting and is it worthwhile to advertise vacancies over the holiday period?..Read More

Ray Johnson, Agricultural Appointments*, December 13, 2019

Queensland looks at ways to get more wool in the bag

QUEENSLAND’S wool industry is exploring new ways to get their sheep shorn despite failing shed and yard infrastructure in some areas. Some western Queensland graziers are putting shedding or cleanskin..Read More

Terry Sim, December 11, 2019



Industry Dashboard

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Elders $6.46
Australian Agricultural Co $1.10
Graincorp $7.85
Ridley $1.10
Woolworths $37.42
Wellard $0.06
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What readers are saying

WA sheep and cattle fund releases grants for wild dog control

These ideas can work well when the beneficiaries truly appreciate the sacrifice others make for them...and that means constant surveillance of the fencing and fixing it properly themselves. If....

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$20 million-plus GIC distribution now expected early next year

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Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

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News

WA online tool analyses flock composition profitability

RECENT Western Australian analysis of the profits inherent in minimising ewe mortality has underpinned the release of an innovative flock composition tool…Read More

Sheep Central, December 13, 2019

Australian clip tops $1 billion mark – two months later

AUSTRALIA’S national wool auction turnover passed the $1 billion dollar value mark this week, two months later than last season…Read More

Sheep Central, December 13, 2019

Superfine wool leader backs growers’ rights and new AWI board

AUSTRALIAN superfine wool grower leader Danny Picker has renewed support for Merino flock owners to decide individual best practice animal welfare for their flocks, even above the demands of the..Read More

Terry Sim, December 13, 2019

Recruitment: Engaging with job candidates over Christmas/New Year

CHRISTMAS is fast approaching and so we ask does the festive season affect recruiting and is it worthwhile to advertise vacancies over the holiday period?..Read More

Ray Johnson, Agricultural Appointments*, December 13, 2019

Markets

Online wool sales hit by falling demand before Christmas

AUCTIONSPLUS wool sales were confined to a 25-bale line of Merino fleece wool last week as demand followed the pre-Christmas trend of auction trading…Read More

Sheep Central, December 10, 2019

Merino ewe hoggets sell to $262 on AuctionsPlus

DEMAND intensified for breeding sheep on AuctionsPlus last week, with Merino ewe hoggets selling to $262 and older ewes making to $252…Read More

Sheep Central, December 9, 2019

Saleyard numbers move trade lamb price closer to mutton rate

SALEYARD trade, export and restocker lamb prices slipped across the eastern states in the past week as seasonal conditions and water concerns increased sales of lighter lambs in the north and the southern sucker turn-off gained momentum…Read More

Sheep Central, December 6, 2019

Shipping deadlines, a stronger dollar and volumes hit wool demand

AUSTRALIAN wool prices continued to deteriorate this week as demand was hit by a stronger dollar and increased supply, and tightening shipping deadlines leading up to the Chinese New Year…Read More

Sheep Central, December 6, 2019

Lamb Production

South-west Qld graziers offered loans up to $1.3m for exclusion fences

SOUTH-WEST Queensland graziers are being offered loans of up to $1.3 million to help fund their share in private exclusion fencing cluster projects…Read More

Sheep Central, December 11, 2019

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

AWEX is maintaining silence on its position on sheep freeze branding as some Merino breeders mount a campaign opposing the procedure’s recognition as a ‘non-mulesed’ classification on the National Wool..Read More

Terry Sim, December 9, 2019

Chris Howie’s southern market wrap – November 2019

The sheep, lamb and goat space is bouncing along nicely, with lambs from Victoria and south-east South Australia yielding well and many being trucked to northern New South Wales and southern works for slaughter…Read More

Chris Howie, December 4, 2019

Low methane sheep in New Zealand – what a gas….

NEW Zealand sheep breeders are testing their sheep for gas to underpin the accuracy of the world’s first breeding value for methane production…Read More

Sheep Central, December 4, 2019

Wool Production

Queensland looks at ways to get more wool in the bag

QUEENSLAND’S wool industry is exploring new ways to get their sheep shorn despite failing shed and yard infrastructure in some areas. Some western Queensland graziers are putting shedding or cleanskin..Read More

Terry Sim, December 11, 2019

South-west Qld graziers offered loans up to $1.3m for exclusion fences

SOUTH-WEST Queensland graziers are being offered loans of up to $1.3 million to help fund their share in private exclusion fencing cluster projects…Read More

Sheep Central, December 11, 2019

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

AWEX is maintaining silence on its position on sheep freeze branding as some Merino breeders mount a campaign opposing the procedure’s recognition as a ‘non-mulesed’ classification on the National Wool..Read More

Terry Sim, December 9, 2019

AWI reviewer to lead Agriculture, Water and Environment Dept

AUSTRALIA’S new Agriculture, Water and Environment Department will be led by Andrew Metcalfe AO – the man who lead last year’s Ernst Young review into Australian Wool Innovation’s performance and governance…Read More

Terry Sim, December 5, 2019

Processing

Queensland looks at ways to get more wool in the bag

QUEENSLAND’S wool industry is exploring new ways to get their sheep shorn despite failing shed and yard infrastructure in some areas. Some western Queensland graziers are putting shedding or cleanskin..Read More

Terry Sim, December 11, 2019

Lamb processor Frewstal goes to solar and wood chips for energy

A PLAN to generate two thirds of Victorian lamb processor Frewstal’s electricity needs with solar energy heads its investments to lift efficiency, productivity, sustainability and product shelf life…Read More

Jon Condon, December 11, 2019

Canada’s Pauline shears record 510 lambs in 8 hours

NEW Zealand-based Canadian shearer Pauline Bolay has become a world record holder in an historic day in a Waikato wool shed…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, December 9, 2019

Hardwick appointed to lead AMIC for next four years

INDUSTRY veteran Gary Hardwick has been appointed chairman of the peak processing, wholesale, retail and smallgoods body, the Australian Meat Industry Council…Read More

Sheep Central, December 5, 2019

Trade

Wellard sells second ship, Ocean Shearer, for $77m

Wellard Limited today announce to the ASX that it has signed a term sheet to sell the MV Ocean Shearer, the world’s largest purpose-built livestock export vessel, for US$53.0 million (AUD $77 million)…Read More

Sheep Central, December 13, 2019

London’s historic Smithfield meat market set to close, after 800 years + photos

  CENTRAL London’s famous Smithfield market, which has been used by meat and livestock traders for more than 800 years, is expected to close in coming years and relocate to..Read More

Jon Condon, December 13, 2019

Lamb processor Frewstal goes to solar and wood chips for energy

A PLAN to generate two thirds of Victorian lamb processor Frewstal’s electricity needs with solar energy heads its investments to lift efficiency, productivity, sustainability and product shelf life…Read More

Jon Condon, December 11, 2019

Non-mulesed flocks act on sheep freeze branding status

AWEX is maintaining silence on its position on sheep freeze branding as some Merino breeders mount a campaign opposing the procedure’s recognition as a ‘non-mulesed’ classification on the National Wool..Read More

Terry Sim, December 9, 2019

Property

SA’s versatile Maylands aggregation tests the property market

PRIZED South Australian grazing and farming aggregation Maylands, spanning 1500 hectares of farmland on the Fleurieu Peninsula is being offered to the market via expression of interest…Read More

Sheep Central, December 5, 2019

Well-equipped NSW sheep feeding property offers options

AN EXTENSIVE capital expenditure program has turned the Mogal Plain Aggregation at Tottenham in central New South Wales into a premier mixed farming operation capable of feeding close to 10,000 sheep…Read More

Liz Wells, November 6, 2019

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

Beef Central

#HerdThat: NTCA highlights importance of NT cattle industry + VIDEO

The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, the largest industry representative body in the NT’s primary production sector,  has launched its new initiative to highlight the importance of the NT cattle industry..Read More

London’s historic Smithfield meat market set to close, after 800 years + photos

London’s famous Smithfield market, which has been used by meat traders and the public for more than 800 years, is expected to close soon, relocating to a site outside the..Read More

Recruitment: Engaging with those ‘passive candidates’ over the Christmas/New Year period

Christmas is fast approaching and so this week we ask the questions: Does the festive season affect recruiting? Is it worthwhile to advertise vacancies over the Christmas/New Year period? Circumstances..Read More

Govt pushes $66m towards strengthening biosecurity defences over exotic disease

The Federal Government has committed $66.6 million to help arrest the threat posed to Australia by the global advance of African Swine Fever, with the extra funding putting more officers,..Read More

Grain Central

WA harvest draws to close at 11Mt

WA harvest winds up with the majority of the tonnage now in the bin. Grain yields have been disappointing, except western regions of the Albany Port Zone and in the..Read More

Proposed Asahi takeover of CUB raises concerns: ACCC

The Australian Consumer and Competition Commission has raised concerns about the proposed merger Asahi and CUB, and called for submissions from interested parties by next month...Read More

Kangaroo grass – super crop of the future?

A Bendigo-based research team’s work to unlock the potential of Kangaroo Grass as a viable cropping option in the face of climate change is receiving Australian Government backing of $1.82..Read More

NSW opens new pathways to ag education

The NSW Government has moved to raise the education profile of agriculture through a new Centre of Excellence in Agricultural Education in the Hawkesbury, and initiatives at Richmond High School..Read More

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