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AWH launches a ‘China Plan’ based on domestic wool-handling growth

Terry Sim, 23 August 2017

AUSTRALIA’S biggest wool handler AWH is hoping efficiency initiatives and data-driven innovation can “pull-through” more bales into its farm to port network, leading to an expansion into China.

Breed for ‘bricks’ to produce efficient ewes, says NZ sheep scientist

Guest Author, 23 August 2017

A LOW, squat, wide brick of an animal will be the efficient breeding ewe of 2027. New Zealand sheep scientist Dr Mark Ferguson is urging producers to reduce selection pressure for big framed sheep.

Superfine wool growers adopt policy encouraging an end to mulesing

Sheep Central, 23 August 2017

AUSTRALIA’S superfine wool growers have adopted a policy encouraging the ultimate removal of the need for mulesing.

Goat meat prices fall in August following stronger Australian dollar

Sheep Central, 23 August 2017

GOAT meat prices have fallen this month, following on from the strengthening of the Australian dollar against the US currency, Meat & Livestock Australia has reported.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 23 Aug 2017

Sheep Central, 23 August 2017

A vigorous cold front produced moderate falls across southeastern Australia at the start of the week. A cut-off low pressure system and cold front generated showers and thunderstorms in southeastern South Australia later in the week.

Ewe forums helping lamb industry reach lean meat yield and MSA goals

Sheep Central, 22 August 2017

LEADING sheep meat scientists are outlining the latest eating quality research at It’s Ewe Time forums in Western Australia and Victoria this month.

Australia’s largest wool handler AWH announces digital initiatives

Terry Sim, 21 August 2017

AUSTRALIA’S largest wool handler AWH believes a 10-15 percent saving in handling charges for its broker clients is achievable through a revolutionary suite of digital data applications and “game-changer” farm-to-market wool-handling innovations.

Wool growers warned on viewing Wool Exchange Portal as sale option

Terry Sim, 21 August 2017

WOOL-HANDLING giant AWH’s new chief executive officer Michael Jones has warned growers against viewing Australian Wool Innovation’s proposed Wool Exchange Portal as a means of bypassing brokers.

Scanning powers planning for Victorian prime lamb producer

Sheep Central, 21 August 2017

LOWER rainfall in two of the past three years has forced Heywood district prime lamb and beef producer Georgina Gubbins to increase forward management planning.

Australian wool production forecast kept at 340mkg for 2017-18

Sheep Central, 21 August 2017

AUSTRALIAN wool production is expected to stabilise at 340 million kilograms in 2017-18 due to a slight increase in sheep shorn and despite an expected dip in fleece weights.

Six-monthly shearing is paying off for Mumblebone in NSW

Guest Author, 21 August 2017

A MOVE to double shearing combined with a balanced breeding program has generated extra profit from maiden ewes for New South Wales breeder Chad Taylor.

Western Australian appoints new Lifetime Ewe Management co-ordinator

Sheep Central, 21 August 2017

WESTERN AUSTRALIA’S program to lift sheep productivity has been boosted by the appointment of Albany local Brydie Creagh as a Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) co-ordinator.

Wool prices surge as Chinese processors move to buy forward

Sheep Central, 18 August 2017

AUSTRALIA’S wool price benchmark has broken through 1600c/kg clean for the first time as Chinese buyers switch from “hand-to-mouth” to forward buying.

Exclusion fencing program could put one million sheep back into Qld’s Central West

Sheep Central, 18 August 2017

UP to one million sheep could be returned to Queensland’s central western region, if current and proposed exclusion fencing projects are fully executed, an economic analysis has determined.

Recruitment: Online rural job ads continue to grow

Sheep Central, 18 August 2017

The total number of online job advertisements for employment in the rural sector grew again in 2016, an agribusiness update issued by recruitment specialist Rimfire Resources says. Within 2016, the Rural Jobs Index compiled by Rimfire recorded 30.75pc more online job ads than 2015, while 2015 saw 12.79pc more jobs recorded than the year before.

Australia’s July live sheep exports back sharply to 90,000 head

Sheep Central, 17 August 2017

THE absence of shipments to Jordan has led to Australia’s July sheep live exports falling sharply — by 24 percent — from the previous month to 90,000 head.

Melbourne label wins regional Woolmark Prize final with recycled wool

Sheep Central, 17 August 2017

MELBOURNE label BLAIRARCHIBALD has won the menswear section of the 2017/18 International Woolmark Prize Australia and New Zealand regional final at an awards event in Sydney.

Wool forward market opens with renewed interest

Sheep Central, 17 August 2017

THE wool forward market opened with renewed interest from the bid side this week, with an offer sweep across the board ahead of the auction opening.

Victoria’s mandatory sheep and goat EID roll-out to get federal funds boost

Terry Sim, 16 August 2017

DATA-DRIVEN value adding and innovation in Victoria’s sheep and goat meat supply chain will be developed through a unique agreement between the state and Meat & Livestock Australia’s Donor Company.

Victorian saleyard managers told EID implentation dates are ‘locked in’

Terry Sim, 16 August 2017

VICTORIAN saleyard managers have been told sheep and goat electronic identification implementation dates would not be changed despite rumours some stock agents might seek an extension.

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