ELDERS Limited says that despite current dry weather conditions and declining cattle prices, it remains on track to report a net profit after tax for the financial year to September 2018 in the $59-$63 million range.
LIVESTOCK farmers need to reclaim the emotional space in animal welfare policy discussions and align with community and consumer expectations or risk their farming practices being determined by activists.
POLITICAL pressure against live sheep exports increased this week with a second Bill aimed at phasing out of the trade, possibly within five years.
KOJONUP wool and prime lamb producer Steve McGuire believes sheep can be humanely transported to the Middle East, but producers have been let down by the regulator and exporters. The WAFarmers Livestock Section vice president and trade supplier argues activists have underestimated the impact of a live export ban on WA farmers.
AUSTRALIA’S leading veterinary body has advocated an end to live sheep exports to the Middle East during the northern summer months and a 30 percent increase in onboard space for animals throughout the year.
Western District sheep producer Peter Small explains why he believes action is needed on the live export issue, perhaps including a halt to northern summer shipments to the Middle East, a phase-out of the trade and adjustment assistance for affected Western Australian farmers.
FINES totalling millions of dollars and jail terms of up to 10 years for live export company directors responsible for animal welfare breaches are likely under legislative changes being considered by the Turnbull Coalition Government.
MUTTON sheep prices generally improved across Australia yesterday, in the first saleyard sales since the Easter break.
TURKEY is emerging as a growing live export destination for Australian sheep. The Eurasian country was the single largest importer of live Australian sheep in February this year, taking just under 73,000 head.
SHEEP producers, agents and buyers focussed on the preparation of stock for live export at a recent field day in Western Australia.