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Australia untouched, but US-China trade escalaction expected to hurt wool

Terry Sim, 21 September 2018

ESCALATION of the growing China-American trade war will hurt the global wool industry, although no direct impact on Australia’s raw wool exports with China is expected at this stage, leading wool market analyst Chris Wilcox said today.

Financial literacy should be part of the ‘licence’ to farm – Nuffield scholar

Terry Sim, 21 September 2018

FINANCIAL literacy should be part of the essential criteria to becoming a farmer in Australia, Booth Agriculture co-owner Claire Osborn Booth told delegates at the Nuffield Australia national conference in Melbourne yesterday.

Steel post straightener big hit at Henty Machinery Field Days + VIDEO

James Nason, 21 September 2018

Many people would like to re-use steel posts recovered from old fences, but finding a way to successfully and efficiently straighten them has always been a challenge.

Recruitment: Is automated farming a threat to job security?

Sheep Central, 21 September 2018

Will the pace of implementation of automated farming technologies threaten or enhance the job opportunities in agriculture in the future? Agricultural Appointments’ Dr Ray Johnson offers some questions and answers …

Two nominees put forward for MLA board director posts

Sheep Central, 21 September 2018

Two nominees with strong nutrition, consumer and strategic marketing skills backgrounds have been put forward by an industry selection committee to fill vacancies on the board of Meat & Livestock Australia.

Agriculture needs more field officers and ‘framers’

Terry Sim, 20 September 2018

A RALLYING call for more grass-roots engagement with farmers to arrest the decline in farming body memberships and secure agriculture’s future was made at the Nuffield Australia national conference in Melbourne yesterday.

Norton to leave MLA for senior Elders position

Sheep Central, 19 September 2018

MEAT & Livestock Australia has announced its managing director Richard Norton will leave to take up a position as Elders’ general manager – network in about 11 weeks.

Nuffield scholar to investigate ways to make the Merino great again

Terry Sim, 19 September 2018

WESTERN Victorian mixed livestock producer Anthony Close will look outside the sheep industry to investigate how the Merino could be great again.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day rain outlook, 12 Sept 2018

Sheep Central, 19 September 2018

Cold fronts and troughs produced light to moderate falls over southern coastal regions of Australia, while moderate falls were recorded across western Tasmania, due to a series of strong cold fronts and associated low pressure systems.

Sheep-cattle shipment for Jordan and Israel is readied in Fremantle

Terry Sim, 18 September 2018

THE first live sheep shipment to leave Fremantle since licence suspensions halted the trade three months ago is expected to depart Western Australia within a week.

Rising lamb and wool prices add to $60bn farm output forecast – ABARES

Sheep Central, 18 September 2018

RISING lamb, wool and mutton prices are set to contribute to a stable $60 billion in Australian farm production this financial year, according to agricultural commodity forecaster ABARES.

Australian red meat sector’s importance highlighted in report

Sheep Central, 18 September 2018

AUSTRALIA’S annual State of the Industry Report 2018 for the red meat and livestock industry has highlighted the  sector’s key economic and community role and its potential to make a bigger contribution, Red Meat Advisory Council independent chair Don Mackay said yesterday.

Bredwell Fedwell workshop to help sheep producers survive

Terry Sim, 18 September 2018

BREEDING and feeding sheep for drought and post-drought conditions will be covered in a Bredwell FedWell workshop at Forbes in New South Wales on Friday.

Steady wool market demand extends into AuctionsPlus online sales

Sheep Central, 18 September 2018

STEADY wool market demand extended into AuctionsPlus sales last week, with 110 bales sold online.

Rural R&D wastage and cross-over needs addressing – Norton

Terry Sim, 17 September 2018

AUSTRALIA’S search for a new rural innovation vision should address wastage, cross-over in research and development spending and ‘patch protection’ in the nation’s food and agriculture sectors, according to Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton.

AWI withholds updated levy income and reserves data from WoolPoll voters

Terry Sim, 17 September 2018

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is withholding key levy income and reserves information from shareholders voting in the 2018 WoolPoll ballot.

VFF backs WoolProducers for 1.5pc levy in WoolPoll 2018

Sheep Central, 17 September 2018

VICTORIA’S key farmer body is backing the position of the national industry body WoolProducers Australia in advocating a 1.5 percent wool levy in this year’s WoolPoll.

Merino ewes sell to $270 on AuctionsPlus as offering falls

Sheep Central, 17 September 2018

MERINO ewes sold to $270 and first cross ewes sold to $250 in a reduced online offering on AuctionsPlus last week. Sheep and lamb numbers this week totalled 58,071 head on AuctionsPlus last week, a decrease of 2770.

The Conversation: Why yet another visa for farm work makes no sense

Guest Author, 17 September 2018

Rumours have circulated for months that the National Party and National Farmers Federation are pushing for a new so-called agricultural visa for temporary migrants. Now they have gained momentum, and reports indicate an announcement early next week. What does it mean for farmers?

$3.7 million released from SA cattle and sheep funds

Sheep Central, 15 September 2018

SOUTH Australia’s state government has approved $3.7 million in cattle and sheep industry funds for a range of projects in the State including footrot management, enhanced abattoir surveillance, and Johne’s Disease management programs, as well as contributing to the state’s wild dog strategy.

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