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Minister for Agriculture has signed off on new Aussie lamb definition

Sheep Central, 21 November 2018

AUSTRALIA’S move to align its lamb definition with New Zealand gained teeth in Canberra today, with Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud declaring his support for the change at Red Meat 2018.

Wool growers seek changes to WoolPoll after 1.5pc levy vote

Terry Sim, 21 November 2018

AUSTRALIA’S wool grower bodies are seeking a full review of, and changes to, the triennial WoolPoll process that determines the compulsory levy that growers pay to fund industry research, development and marketing campaigns.

Australian Lamb Paddock to Plate Story to tour after Canberra launch

Sheep Central, 21 November 2018

AUSTRALIA’S paddock to plate lamb story will brought to life in a virtual reality showcase to be taken on the road next year. How Australia produces the world’s most sought-after lamb, from the farm to the consumer, has been brought to life using innovative 360 degree virtual reality technology.

Virtual rural reality: Littleproud ‘tours’ Victorian sheep farm from Canberra

James Nason, 21 November 2018

  WE may not be able to take metropolitan Australia to the bush to improve urban understanding of how Australian agriculture operates, but thanks to virtual reality and 3D camera technology, we can take the country to the city. On the second National Agriculture Day, Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud told this morning’s Meat &

Weekly rainfall wrap + rain outlook, 21 Nov 2018

Guest Author, 21 November 2018

A weak cold front resulted in light to moderate falls in southeast Australia at the start of the week, while a broad surface troughs across northern Australia produced thunderstorms and showers with moderate falls.

Online wool buying improves with slight lift in physical auction prices

Sheep Central, 20 November 2018

ONLINE wool buying strengthened on AuctionsPlus Wool late last week, as prices for some wool types improved at physical auctions.

Minister Littleproud expects implementation of 1.5pc wool levy rate

Sheep Central, 20 November 2018

MINISTER for Agriculture David Littleproud is expecting to implement a 1.5 percent wool levy from July 1 next year, after the 2018 WoolPoll ballot results was announced last week.

GIC and AWI seek stamp duty agreement to free up $20 million distribution

Terry Sim, 19 November 2018

MORE than $20 million in Australian wool grower capital held in the defunct Graziers Investment Company won’t be distributed until the GIC liquidator and Australian Wool Innovation agree over an unresolved stamp duty issue.

The Mountain Dam Merino Stud sells to ‘friendly competitor’

Terry Sim, 19 November 2018

WELL-KNOWN western Victorian Merino stud The Mountain Dam has been sold to the Close family’s Kurra-Wirra Pastoral Company for an undisclosed amount.

Anthrax outbreak on Swan Hill sheep property prompts quarantine

Sheep Central, 19 November 2018

AN anthrax outbreak on a Swan Hill property has led to the disposal and vaccination of sheep by Agriculture Victoria veterinarians and animal health staff.

MLA updates sheep, goat meat and beef market snapshots

Sheep Central, 19 November 2018

PREMIUM lamb consumption and import demand are forecast to continue increasing in Middle East and North Africa markets, particularly in Gulf Cooperation Council countries, Meat & Livestock Australia says in its latest global and domestic red meat market snapshots.

NSW turn-off boosts AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb listings

Sheep Central, 19 November 2018

THE continued sheep and lamb turn-off in New South Wales boosted AuctionsPlus’ online offering last week, with listings increasing by 9500 nationally to 102,303 and the New South Wales offering rising 18,000 to 70,285.

Wool market uncertainty highlights value in hedging strategies

Guest Author, 19 November 2018

VOLATILITY continued in the wool auction and forward markets last week, highlighting the value in growers implementing hedging strategies.

Wool growers reduce compulsory levy to 1.5pc in historic protest vote

Terry Sim, 16 November 2018

BIG wool growers protesting at Australian Wool Innovation’s governance record have played a key role in voting to reduce the compulsory levy on gross clip proceeds by 25 percent to 1.5pc in WoolPoll 2018.

Sheep meat prices to stay strong, lamb above five-year average – Rabobank

Sheep Central, 16 November 2018

AUSTRALIA’s sheep meat and beef producers are set to enjoy strong prices into next year, supported by a growing global appetite for meat amid limited supply availability, according to Rabobank’s just-released Global Animal Protein Outlook 2019.

Middle East demand for boxed sheep meat continues to grow

Sheep Central, 16 November 2018

MIDDLE East boxed lamb and mutton imports from Australia increased since the suspension of some live sheep trade operators in April this year, according to Meat & Livestock Australia.

Fewer sheep cutting less wool to drop Australian clip to 305 million kgs

Sheep Central, 16 November 2018

AUSTRALIA’S wool production for the current financial year is predicted to be 305 million greasy kilograms, almost 11 percent lower than in 2017-18, due to dry conditions, lower fleece weights and increased slaughter of sheep.

Sheep Producers Australia set to elect new president after 2018 AGM

Sheep Central, 16 November 2018

SHEEP Producers Australia will need to elect a new president after current office-holder Allan Piggott was not among the two candidates recommended for election at the 2018 annual general meeting.

Australian wool price indicator lifts, but fine wool rates languish

Sheep Central, 16 November 2018

PRICES for Australian wool prices improved for all but finer Merino types at auctions this week as buyer confidence improved.

Recruitment: Five tips to secure quality staff in a shrinking resource pool

Sheep Central, 16 November 2018

Hiring the best people for your business is never easy, particularly when there is a small pool to choose from with the particular skills you need. It is fast becoming an employees’ market in many rural and regional areas, and that means fewer applicants who demand better employment offers. Here are five tips to making great appointments when the candidate pool is looking thin.