Abattoir Covid testing regime needs clarity

Meat processing industry wants more information on Covid testing requirements and justifications.

Phil Noonan notches up 61 years of wool classing

Cracking effort: He started classing in 1959!

Bundilla sell 294 rams to $3804 average

Local and interstate buyers sustained fierce competition through a huge catalogue.

Social distancing for sheep

You can’t turn back the clock after drench resistant worms or lice spread in your flock.

Kurralea White Suffolks run hot

Kurralea top price White Suffolk ram off to stud duties

Richmond av $2277

Richmond Merinos top at $10,000

Wattle Farm Border Leicesters sell to $4500

Ewe demand once again at Wattle Farm.

Online bidding helps Hynam

Advances in staple length, fat, muscle and growth pay off for Hynam.

Has the wool market finally hit its bottom?

The upwards trend of the wool market in the last three weeks has left many wondering whether prices have finally hit their bottom.

Big brands take on Merino wool in America

Big fashion brands invest in Australian Merino wool.

Online selling system has one of its busiest weeks to date

AuctionsPlus reports strong online inquiry for wool, but the market may feel pressure if growers release more stocks.

Kingsvale Supremes top at $3200

The Manchester family’s sheep offer moderate birth weights, top carcase traits and impressive eating quality.

Tapping into a lamb’s psychology for a lifetime of productivity

For a lifetime of productivity, consider tapping into a lamb’s psychology at weaning time.

Sheep, lamb slaughter to drop but carcase weights to rise

It is expected that 2020 sheep and lamb slaughter will drop from 2019 levels, but that carcase weights will increase.

Southern restockers feel the heat

Northern processors buy up big.

Bogo Merinos sell for $2804 average

Yass stud sells all 169 rams offered.

Currency shifts and tight supplies drive wool prices up

Wool auctions had an uptick in activity last week as buyers scurried for tight stocks.

Fine fleeces boost Unity wether entry

IN THEIR years of competing in the School Merino Wether Competition, Unity College, Murray Bridge, have picked up many tips.

The megatrends that will impact future red meat demand

There are four key megatrends that will influence consumers’ red meat buying habits.

Inaugural Bungulla Merino success at Longreach

There’s a new Merino stud on the scene in western Queensland, and it received healthy interest when it staged a ram sale in Longreach last week.

Bordertown Poll Dorsets find a fit in irrigated lucerne seed production system

Bordertown growers find success with grazing irrigated lucerne that is then harvested for seed.

How the sheep industry can secure a sustainable workforce

Attracting, developing, and retaining the right young people will help drive Australia’s sheep industry forward.

No wait for wool market correction at Kubenks

Pallamana farmer Darren Kubenk finished shearing late last month and said he planned to sell the wool within the month, regardless of the market.

Armdale Park sets new flock ram average record at $2219

Poll Dorset flock rams set a new average price record at $2219

Central Tablelands new season lambs climb $5/head

Agents say the injection of new season lambs into the Carcoar market began much earlier this year due to a favourable season.

Tread lightly regime best

Native pastures need careful management to play their role in fire recovery.

Brothers step into farming

People willing to give them a chance has helped the McCahon brothers a start in farming.

Wool market makes biggest jump in 12 months

Australian wool market takes positive turn with three consecutive weeks of increases.

Don’t forget the ‘royal’

Just some of the people who you may not have seen for 12 months.

Abelene Park rams average $2080

In a year for firsts, the sale was conducted by McCulloch Agencies.

Cutting through the agtech hype

How to make smart tags and livestock tracking technology pay.

Merino wool earns international certification

International certification body Allergy Standards Limited has officially recognised bedding products made from Merino wool as asthma and allergy friendly.

Cold, wet and windy weather to hit NSW

The strong front will cause small hail and allow snow to reach low levels in southern and central NSW.

Koonwarra Merinos top at $7000

Volume buyers compete for large lines at Koonwarra.

Will the spring lamb peak be absorbed?

The spring lamb flush is underway, but there are concerns about processors’ ongoing ability to absorb numbers.

Best yet sale for Kurraview stud

An online presence helped attract a number of new buyers.

East Bungaree posts ‘best-ever’ ram sale result

The East Bungaree annual on-property ram sale at Hallett hit new heights on Tuesday.

Kellock remembered as man of great integrity

The state’s livestock industry has lost a great stockman with the sudden passing of Mid North Poll Merino and kelpie breeder David Kellock, Farrell Flat, last month.

Abattoirs plead for capacity lift

Stakeholders are desperate for an easing of abattoir capacity restrictions.

Wallaloo Park pleased with even ram sale result

The top price ram made $16,000 but Trent Carter, Wallaloo Merinos, was most pleased about the depth of the sale, with an average of $2731.

Karrawarra sell all rams for $1633 ave

Highlander rams in demand to improve lambing percentages.

Hillden celebrations continue with $18,000 sale

The sale attracted registered buyers from Victoria, South Australia, NSW and Western Australia.

Sires top at $9000 for Nyowee

NYOWEE celebrated its 21st annual on-property sale in fine style at Halbury on Wednesday last week.

Parkes agency partners with AWN

AWN expands agency network in the Central West.

Demand pick-up from buyers sourcing wool online

Online wool sales have been higher this week, painting a stronger picture of confidence in market.

Call for non-mulesed wool to continue

According to industry experts the call for non-mulesed wool is expected to grow.

Analyst picks the positives out of the wool market.

KareeWool advises woolgrowers to get a good handle on costs, consider price risk management and benchmark.

Record-breaking Mernowie ram sale peaks at $13,500

Mernowie Poll Merino stud achieved a record-breaking 33rd annual sale at Marrabel on Friday.

Dohnes reach top dollar

Macquarie Dohnes sell all rams to $5000 twice, average $2101

Mulloorie’s $6200 sale-topping ram heads to the EP

Mulloorie achieved a higher average and cleared more rams at its Brinkworth on-property sale today.

Omad’s targeted buying shows in sales results

Omad sell’s all but three White Suffolks from the entire 2019-drop at auction.

Market rebound driven by tight supplies at finer end but the ride will be bumpy

As superfines go under the hammer in Sydney this week, wool prices are staging a small recovery.

Slaughter-sheep health monitoring hits 9.7m head

Health data for 19 conditions collected from nearly 10 million sheep.

Quality wools on good frames do it for Kamarooka

Multipurpose Merinos sought out at Kamarooka| VIDEO

Wunnamurra Poll Dorset clears all

Buyers flock to Wunnamurra Poll Dorset and helped clear all.

Calga Dohne sells to a $4000 top twice

Calga Dohne clears all rams

A proud heritage

The Millear family continue to breed Merino sheep based on the family Merino heritage.

Eight-monthly shearing pays off for Geranium woolgrowers

Shearing every eight months has been key to Annerley Props, Geranium, being recognised for their wool quality and winning Elders Clip of the Year for 2019-2020.

Victorian farmers using mix of British Breed sheep for fast-growing lambs

Brook family looks to British Breed mixes for fast growing lambs.

Prime output from high-value pastures at Ryans

Bordertown producers find success with grazing irrigated lucerne that is then harvested for seed.

Pushing boundaries pays in prime lamb system but balance needed

SA growers seek optimum balance between meat, wool and body size.

Casey family is cashing-in on Cashmore sheep

The Cashmore sheep breed is a proven performer for Willatook farmers.

Project tackles triplet lambs

Research aims to pinpoint management tactics needed by triplet lambs and their dams.

Early nutrition enables fast lamb growth at Akeringa

Using Suffolk genetics in their terminal cross is helping Dave and Megan Charlick turn off lambs quickly at Akeringa, Padthaway.

Green feed increase poses own problems

Even a good season can cause problems for stock.

KLTT sells twin-tiered live export ship

Jordanian company purchased the vessel about two weeks ago.

Gooramma tops at $15,500, ave $2300

Full clearance of 136 lots sees the Corcoran family top at $15,000 and average $2300.

Cooper chases passion for sheep, wool sector

Next gen shows shear determination to follow in family’s footsteps on the boards

Vendors offer smaller runs for better returns

Limited supply at annual spring sheep sales has restockers reviewing their budgets

Windy Hill Dorsets sell to strong commercial demand

Windy Hill average lifts by $100 a head, helped by improved consistency and season.

Wool finally makes positive movement

The wool market made some upward movement as non-mulesed wool attracts strong competition.

Victorian farmer takes TikTok by storm

A Victorian farmer has taken the internet by storm, posting his farming escapades on TikTok, and amassing millions of views and likes.

Wool tests reveal fibre diameters are on the up

Off the back of a three-year drought followed by a bumper season, wool microns are are on the up.

Sucker lambs edging up

While processing restrictions cause nervousness, sucker prices have been edging higher.

Terminal sires swept up as ram sales kick into gear

Demand for terminal sires has exceeded expectations so far this year, and there’s a lot to suggest this trend will continue.

Lachlan Merinos solid sale sells all 140 rams

Lachlan Merinos clear all 140 rams to average $4077

West Wyalong Merinos sell to $340

A smaller yarding of 5500 attracted strong competition.

Concerns grow over surplus lambs due to processing restrictions

Farmers are concerned about the consequences of surplus lambs.

Buyers rally for Merinos in red hot sales

Wool cheques may be well down on last year as the market suffers from the COVID-19 pandemic but Merino breeders faith in the future of fibre and meat has remained.

Only a ‘handful’ of NZ shearers take up short-term visa offer

Despite the federal government granting NZ shearers short-term visas to enter Australia, only a handful have accepted the offer.

New animal society to share research knowledge

A new branch of the Australian Association of Animal Sciences has been launched at Roseworthy Campus. It aims to bring together all those working in evidence-based animal production and research.

What can we learn from past wool price downturns?

The current wool price downturn isn’t the worst, or even the second, third or fourth-worst, in the last 100 years.

Push to shorten live-ex moratorium gathers steam

A-grade animal welfare report fuels push to reassess crippling prohibition.

Season has farmers full of beans

Welcome rain has soaked the Grampians regions right as reserves were beginning to get depleted, setting up hopes of a ripper spring.

Shearing industry forced to defend its use of NZ workers

The shearing industry is being forced to defend its use of New Zealand shearers, amid calls seasonal workers are robbing young Australians of a chance to take up the trade.

‘Faultless’ Moorundie ram attracts $70,000

It was a case of lightning striking twice for Minta stud, Mount Cooper, at the Adelaide ram sale on Friday, where there was an identical elite Poll Merino to the sale-topping Moorundie ram they bought from the Davidson family, Keith, two years ago.

Narrandera first-cross ewes reached $382| Photos

Cracking pace set for first-cross ewes at Narrandera

Six month slump arrested but likely continuation of turbulent times ahead

Wool market analyst points to continued uncertainty but with some positive signs emerging.

Inaugural wether entrants gain key experience

First-time wether competition entrants, St Marks College, gained a ribbon on their first outing.

Interest is mounting in shearing and woolhandling careers

Shearer and woolhandling training courses attract interest as career paths are pondered.

Weealla tackles last years average by $259

Weealla Merinos strong average on Polls grew by $343 on last years.

Weealla tackles beats 2019 average by $259

Weealla Merinos strong average on Polls grew by $343 on last years.

Set a fleece aside for world’s biggest fleece competition

Wool growers are being encouraged to put fleeces aside after this year’s spring shearing to enter into the 2021 Australian Fleece Competition.

Business pivot a huge success for Grandvewe

The owners of Tasmanian-based sheep dairy Grandvewe pivoted after COVID-19 hit into producing sanitiser.

Yarrawonga off to stud duties

Yarrawonga Merino top price ram sold for $16,000 and bound for stud duties.

Victorian bred ram grabs screen role

A soon-to-released movie co-staring a couple of Dorset Horn rams will give the breed a lift.

Livestock SA welcomes new board members

The state’s livestock advocacy group, Livestock SA, has added three new faces to its board after the largest field of nominees in five years for its election, including former state politician Robert Brokenshire.

Wool prices bouncing around as global retailers prepare for seasonal apparel shifts

Wool prices sparked last week but conditions are murky going into new northern hemisphere apparel season.

Rams hot property as producers rebuild their flocks

Rams are hot property as producers make moves to breed their own replacement ewes.

Focus switches to dual-purpose Merinos

Second-cross lamb production has always been the focus for Western Flat’s Craig and Kristy Pietsch, Pietsch Rural, but in the past 12 months, the pair have decided to “simplify” their business, shifting towards producing dual-purpose Merinos.

Border Leicester-cross improves market flexibility

Border Leicester rams play an integral role in Greg Fisher’s South East sheep enterprise, which is focused on producing quality first-cross ewe lambs for the annual blue ribbon sales in Naracoorte.

Meeting demand for first-cross ewes

Having access to a ready made market seeking Border Leicester first-cross ewes makes David Dinning’s crossbred production a profitable secondary enterprise.

White Suffolk era ends at Ramsay Park

ONE chapter is closing and another opening for Minlaton stud sheep breeders Peter and Julie Button, with the first stage of their White Suffolk ewe dispersal in November heralding a new era.

New spring lamb campaign showcases ease of cooking

MLA has launched its new spring lamb campaign with a series of videos which demonstrate the ease and versatility of cooking with lamb.

Boosting carcase while maintaining micron at Greenthorpe

Having Merinos in the mix spreads market risk for Greenethorpe mixed farmers Rob and Mandy Taylor.

Productive, profitable sheep

Increased fertility, doability and lamb production are some of the benefits introducing Dohne genetics in the flock at Milbey, Wallandbeen.

Wallaloo Park late entry soars to $76,000 at Adelaide |PHOTOS

The 2020 Adelaide Merino ram sale saved the best until last with an outstanding ram with great presence and well nourished wool from John, Jenny, Trent and Kate Carter, Wallaloo Park, Marnoo, Vic, topping the sale at $76,000.

Fast growth with Poll Dorsets

Poll Dorset genetics are allowing Adam Jamieson to finish lambs quickly from his on-farm feedlot near Snowtown.

Abundance of opportunities for farmers turning off lighter lambs

It’s likely there will be more new season lambs to sell this year with more weight than last year so when is the best time to sell?

Abundance of opportunities for farmers turning off lighter lambs

It’s likely there will be more new season lambs to sell this year with more weight than last year so when is the best time to sell?

Narranmore clears all Poll Dorsets

Narranmore clear all 100 rams with a high stud average.

New Armatree clears all

New Armatree sees large crowd to one of the best sales they have had yet.

Almondvale reaches $3750 high

Buyers flocked to the Almondvale sheep stud’s sale at Urana on Friday.

Full clearance headlines excellent Illoura sale

A FULL clearance of 246 rams was an immensely satisfying result for Illoura White Suffolks at their annual flock ram sale at Moorlands on Thursday.

Inaugural Festival of the Lamb draws near

While the Clare Valley is widely known for its wine, a group of locals is hoping to raise the profile of lamb in the area, with the inaugural Festival of the Lamb kicking off on Wednesday next week.

Ashbanks break pays off

100 percent clearance on two breeds at Ashbanks 37th annual sale.

Rich history behind Adelaide Merino ram sale

ROYAL REWIND: Just before the big dance later today at Wayville, Stock Journal takes a look at some historic highlights from the Adelaide Stud Merino and Poll Merino Ram Sale.

Kingscote flock bounces back after fires

Andrew and Bec Bennett are breeding fast-growing lambs and sought-after replacement ewes in their commercial operation near Kingscote on KI.

Ridgehaven Poll Dorsets jump to a $3600 high

Ridgehaven sells 138 rams for a $1646 average

Smaller offering pushes prices higher

Smaller offering in Australia’s wool market takes figures out of the red, but the commodity is still amidst a major downturn.

Rocklyn Merinos hits $2800 top, three times

Large volume buyers bought up big at Rocklyn Merinos today, helping drive the average to $1660.

Smaller offering pushes wool prices higher

Smaller offering in Australia’s wool market takes figures out of the red, but the commodity is still amidst a major downturn.

Restocking in the Monaro

The Turners at Cooma plan to forgo cattle and restock with Merinos.

Australian export markets grow on back of NZ sheep flock decline

New Zealand has reduced its sheep flock dramatically over the years but what does the future look like for the country and how will it impact our markets?

Meningie named wether comp winners | PHOTOS

A review of the placings has Meningie Area School named overall winners in the schools wether contest.

Towonga Merinos to $4500

A bigger offering of Towonga Merino rams was well received by volume buyers, with similar results to 2019 achieved.

Australia’s mulesing status to impact long-term demand

The proportion of Australian wool offered for sale that is non-mulesed is increasing but is it enough to satisfy consumer demand?

Farrer reach $14,500 in best ever sale

Rams were bound for NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.

Industry pushing for Victorian abattoirs to ramp up again

The agriculture industry is continuing to call on the Victorian government to allow abattoirs to increase their processing capacity as soon as possible.

The Nyngan ewes worth record $420/hd

The 280 scanned in lamb White Dorper ewes sold for $420/head.

Sheep producers urged to keep an eye out for footrot

While late winter rains across many areas of the state came as a blessing for many SA croppers, the falls have increased the risk of footrot spread this spring, prompting a reminder to sheep producers to be on the lookout for the disease.

Saleyard restrictions cause livestock numbers to surge online

While saleyard restrictions caused by COVID-19 have reduced the number of people on the rails at livestock markets, the pandemic has led to an incredible surge in popularity for online selling platforms.

How wool growers are dealing with plummeting prices

As wool prices continue to plummet, growers have been forced to make difficult decisions about whether they hold onto their wool or accept the prices and sell.

Farm to fashion brand set for SA expansion

FOR decades SA’s regions have worked hard to put their wine and food on the map, be it a Clare Valley Riesling, a Coonawarra Cabernet or Coffin Bay oysters. Wool broker Australian Wool Network is making inroads in achieving this same provenance with wool.

Studs get ‘social’ and it pays off

Marketing and demand go hand in hand for stud sales.

Merinos triumph in Royal displays | PHOTOS

Check out the pics of Merino champions and high prices at the Royal Adelaide Show.

SA farmer confidence slides

Uncertainty over global markets and economies the key driver of decreased sentiment, according to the latest Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey.

Lamb job still finding its feet

Lamb buyers were turned away at the Victorian-NSW border.

Talbragar clears all stud and flock rams

Talbragar blows away all expectations.

Thirsty buyers clean out Talbragar rams

Talbragar blows away all expectations.

Meeting wool, lamb markets

An introduction to the Dohne breed more than 15 years ago has changed the way Will McClenaghan operates.

Brundanella Merinos hit $10,000 top

Brundanella Merino and Poll Merino stud reached a $10,000 top and $2086 average during their on-property ram sale today at Victoria Park, Grenfell.

Changes benefit Cooinda sale result

Changing from a Helmsman to an open auction and increasing the offering seemed to be beneficial.

Seeking a few bumps in a long flat road for fibre

Online interest for wool started to spark this as market conditions bump along.

Storch support for Superior Wool sires

Stud principal Richard Harkeness was pleased to see clients return to bid strongly at his 13th annual Superior Wool Merinos ram sale at Tintinara on Friday.

Storch support for Superior Wool rams

Stud principal Richard Harkeness was pleased to see clients return to bid strongly at his 13th annual Superior Wool Merinos ram sale at Tintinara on Friday.

Analyst encourages industry to take forward view to wool recovery

Wool analyst calls for perseverance to ride out negative demand effects from pandemic.

Tamworth’s top spring lambs

John and Helen Roworth from Duri edged out the competition to take home the Jason Goodwin Memorial Shield.

Rowallan rewarded for increased offering of rams

A full clearance of the Reid family’s increased offering resulted in a $2800 top, three times, and $1678 average.

The bandage that could reduce stock loss to fire

Imagine knowing a wound temperature without removing a bandage.

Hillden wins supreme exhibit of NSW Dorset Championships

All the results from the NSW Dorset Championships at Cowra last Friday and Saturday.

East Loddon sale reaches top of $4200

East Loddon Merino sale topped at $4200 to average $1804.

EP clients return to buy Kiandra’s top ram

For the second time in three years, the top-price ram from Kiandra Poll Merino’s on-property sale is heading to the Eyre Peninsula.

Low wool price ratios to other fibres may spur buyer interest in continuing flat market

Growers holding on, but low wool prices relative to other fibres may start to spark some buyer interest.

Wool prices at lowest levels since 2002

The wool market can’t seem to catch a break, with prices continuing on their downward trend last week, this time to their lowest levels since 2002.

Animal disease threat increasing but Australia is well-placed

While the threat of an emergency animal disease outbreak is increasing, Australia is well-prepared to deal with the introduction of a disease.

Weebo Park at Albury is reaping rewards of Border Leicesters in crossbreeding

Weebo Park, at Albury, is reaping rewards of producing crossbred lambs using Border Leicesters.

Days continue long tradition

ROYAL REWIND: Many livestock exhibitors have had a long association with the Royal Adelaide Show, but some of them stand apart through their achievements.

White Suffolks allow Charles to branch out

STUD sires, show rings and sales have been a large part of Charles Rowett’s upbringing, and the 22-year-old from Marrabel is all too keen to continue his involvement in SA’s thriving sheep industry.

Who will be the biggest buyers and sellers of first-cross ewes?

First-cross ewe season is upon us, so who exactly will be the major players in the market?

Healthy progress on test for follicle density

MEDICAL imaging technology found in most major hospitals could help woolgrowers easily identify at a young age those sheep capable of producing higher yielding, whiter wool. The research is being conducted here in SA.

Are you buying or selling rams online? Here are some tips

This year’s ram selling season is going to be very different to previous years, so what do you need to know before logging in to place a bid?

In the mix of profitable sheep

Miepoll growers Adrian and Dannielle Ick are focused on ewe improvements in their flock.

Trigger Vale clear all 272 rams for $10,200 top

White Suffolk average rises by almost $1000

Borders bred for local conditions are boosting Boorawa flock numbers

Prime lamb producers Ben, Toyha and Peter Johnson are chasing numbers in a re-build phase

Suffolk genetics deliver sucker success

When it comes to selecting rams, the easy-care attributes and fast growth rates of the Suffolk breed are helping the Neldner family achieve strong sucker lamb results at Gomersal.

Opportunities ahead for wool but normality a while away

A Western Europe wool manager believes that the buying of wool products may not return to normal until 2023.

Complete clearance at Deepdene

Buyers flocked to the Deepdene sale today where all rams were cleared.

Digital innovation helping to better detect and manage pests

The Centre for Invasive Species Solutions is ramping up its work to eradicate and control pest populations in Australia.

Subdued demand hurts sheep skin value

Prices for sheep and lamb skin have fallen dramatically throughout 2020 and some in the industry don’t have a lot of hope that they will increase any time soon.

Broad ribbons shared between five studs at Dubbo Dorper and White Dorper national show

Riverina and Central West studs shared broad ribbon honours at the 2020 Dorper and White Dorper National Show at Dubbo on Thursday.

Tight supply pushes online cattle prices upward

Cattle and sheep August wrap of AuctionsPlus activity.

Stud Merino industry lures young sheep and wool enthusiast

Joe Kingston has confidence in the sheep and wool industry.

Calls grow to reduce AWI board members’ salaries by half

A former Australian Wool Innovation board member is calling on the industry body to slash its personnel spending by reducing the income of board members and cutting jobs.

Criminals stealing more livestock and they have some new tricks

The high value of rural livestock since the drought and bushfires is increasing the rate of “duffing” in regional areas.

Could a tax for poor performing farmers improve lamb survival?

One Western District farmer thinks so, and says motivation is the key.

Dorset Horn celebrities headline act in upcoming movie, ‘Rams’

A search for “big rams with horns” led to St Lawrence’s Central School at Coonabarabran, and Robert Grieves at Clarke’s Hill near Ballarat.

Bindaree tops at $5000 for stud ram

Very good value found at the Bindaree and Nundoone Border Leicester annual sale.

Ulooloo Dohne rams sell to $4000

The Hall family achieved a total clearance of 70 rams, averaging $1411.

Red meat and livestock business numbers remain stable

State of Industry report shows despite challenges, beef and sheep game remains in good shape

High performance rams to $8100 at Felix

A consistent run of high-performance rams were well received by stud and commercial sheep producers.

Spring lamb flush incoming, processing concerns remain

It’s the first week of spring and the annual flush of lambs are beginning to come through saleyards.

Ewe produces top of drops

Doesn’t matter which ram she’s joined to, this Roseville Park ewe will produce the top lamb of every drop in poll stud.

Signs of a market recovery for lamb

Confidence is creeping back into the lamb job.

Online activity has been strong in the superfine categories

AuctionsPlus has reported strong online sales of finer type wools this week.

Passion for fashion leads to a passion for wool

A young fashion designer from rural Victoria is flying the flag of Australian wool as she kick starts a career in the industry.

Deficiencies in face of plenty this spring

Prolific green pastures mean livestock producers need to be aware of potential trace mineral deficiencies.

Pendarra $7250 ram tops Gippsland Merino Ram Sale

The sale recorded an 88 per cent clearance rate.

Is there any glimmer of light for market in the COVID-19 darkness?

Wool prices have under-performed against other fibres in recent months, but longer-term have stood the test of time.

Sticking to a proven weaning date best option

Sheep producers should aim at keeping weaning dates the same – year-in-year-out.

Have your say on the industry’s preparedness for disasters

A university is seeking input into research being conducted into Australia’s animal-related planning for, and response to, disasters.

Shelter belts save winter-born lambs

Preparing lambing paddocks with lots of protection saved lambs at Wantabadgery.

Texel lamb sells for world record price

A HIGHLY-sought after Texel lamb has set a world record price for a sheep after selling for £367,500 ($666,400) at the recent Scottish National Texel Sale held in Lanark.

Why the first few days of your livestock’s life are so important

The first few days of lambs and calves’ lives are crucial to set them up to be healthy, productive animals, so what can you do to ensure they get everything they need?

Wool market needs to weather the storm heading into spring

Elders analyst says wool market doldrums likely to persist for several more weeks.

Two rams share trial limelight in rare result

IN a rare occurrence, two well-known Poll Merino stud sires have topped all four production indexes in the 2019-20 SA Merino Sire Evaluation Trial held at the McMahon family’s Lameroo property.

Push on to get Victoria’s lamb processing back to full capacity

Rest of country won’t be able to absorb spring flush

Local woollen mills push for more recognition

A group of small-scale Australian wool processors is working to gain recognition for products that are locally sourced and made.

Browns cruise to best of both worlds

Paul Brown’s lamb likes to cruise – at least, it has graced dinner plates on many P&O cruise ships, and for the sheep breeder, that is something to be proud of.

Turkey Lane Merinos seeing benefits of post-fire push

The fruits of very hard labour at bushfire-affected Turkey Lane Merino stud on KI are starting to pay off.

Generations of Schoenbergs embrace mixed farming

Nick Schoenberg says Dohnes are the ideal fit for his family’s mixed farming operation near Marrabel.

Sheep fund supports critical programs

Projects that underpin the health, productivity and profitability of the local sheep sector are being backed by the Sheep Industry Fund.

Wool prices keep falling despite western market hiatus

There was a significantly reduced offering of wool this week but that did nothing to support the market, with prices falling for the fourth week in a row.

Increased numbers expected at EP circuit sale

THIS year’s annual Elliston & Streaky Bay On-farm Circuit Sale is expected to be bigger than ever

Are sheep getting too big for shearers?

There is a growing chorus coming from the shearing industry that wool growers’ push to increase the size of their sheep is making them too big for shearers.

Good biosecurity is everyone’s business

To help producers to be proactive in their management of biosecurity, two new industry-based roles have been created to promote the benefits of good biosecurity to the SA red meat and wool sectors

Merinos sell up to $31,000 at Dubbo National

Average is up, auction clearance is up, and Merino industry is looking most positive if Dubbo National sale result is a barometer.

Big, bold, bulky wools feature at Callowie

Callowie Poll Merino stud held its on-property ram auction at Bordertown on Monday, selling to $4600.

Report finds MLA, AWI projects failed to meet their target

A new report has found the sheep and wool industry’s levy-funded bodies’ R&D projects have not achieved their intended on-farm gains.

Are sheep making a comeback in North Queensland?

North Queensland sheep producers are showing interest in a return to sheep.

Pandemic no obstacle for key Merino events at Royal Adelaide Show

The SA Stud Merino Sheep Breeders’ Association’s annual show week events will be business as usual.

Grain and graze for more robust farming

Nuffield Scholar Stuart McDonald on incorporating livestock into cropping systems.

Producers hold onto ewe lambs to take advantage of market

Producers have taken advantage of positive SIL ewe prices and held onto ewe lambs to sell as joined.

Show goes on at Bundara Downs

The Royal Adelaide Show may be cancelled for 2020 but Western Flat stud Bundara Downs decided the show must go on, holding an online exhibition from their farm earlier this month.

Market continues to feel COVID-19 impacts but buyers may emerge in medium-term

Trade analyst points to some signs of online wool buying activity picking-up as prices fall.

Market downturn a time to think about tactics to lift productivity from good season

Despite wool market challenges, there is ‘money in mud’ according to wool analyst.

Morley steers steady path toward success

A HUMBLE beginning and a passion for evolution has helped Morley Poll Merino stud to its 50th year and gain a respected position within the sheep industry.

ASBV search tool improved for stud, commercial breeders

Meat & Livestock Australia has just launched its new Sheep Genetics database search site.

Mandatory pain relief for surgery could be a step closer

The report is due on September 21, but Animal Justice Party’s Upper House member, Mark Pearson, is quietly confident mandatory use of pain relief on stock animals is a step closer.

Mandatory pain relief for animal husbandry and surgery could be a step closer

The report is due on September 21, but Animal Justice Party’s Upper House member, Mark Pearson, is quietly confident mandatory use of pain relief on stock animals is a step closer.

Do you have an idea for an on-farm research project?

MLA is calling for researchers to submit preliminary proposals for funding to support on-farm research, development and adoption projects.

How many lambs are your rams siring?

Libido, maturity, semen quality even social dominance could be causing large differences in how many lambs a ram sires.

Plan to ease shearer shortage

There’s still widespread confusion over state border movement restrictions

Breeding lambs to meet future consumer needs

Understanding the two traits that impact eating quality and striving to improve them on your farm will help increase demand for your product.

Can drones replace the attentive eye of a farmer?

A trial is underway in Victoria to assess whether the hovering of a drone can replace the attentive eye of a farmer.

Anxious wait for signs of market improvement after traditional August processing lull

Analysts are pegging hopes on signs of a wool market up-tick in September.

Demand surges for SIL ewes

Producers recovering from drought have been eager to restock as quickly as possible, making scanned-in-lamb ewes hot property this year.

A drive to produce top tasting lamb is on the table at Galong

Galong Merino-Poll Dorset crossbreed growers striving to produce the best tasting lamb.

Baderloo Poll Merinos av $2694

Baderloo Poll Merino stud sold all 120 rams on offer to $8000, averaging $2694.

Identifying high performing sires

Poll Dorset breeders are conducting a trial to evaluate on-farm and carcase performance of sires.

Lowes embrace new management tools

Keeping abreast of industry trends and technology is just as important as on-farm management for the Lowe family.

Ouyen sucker lamb prices improve

New season sucker lambs were firm to $5 dearer at Ouyen, Vic, on Thursday.

Increasing fertility, nutrition with Dohnes at Green Creek

Darren and Clare Robson are making up for their initial lack of knowledge with hard work, research, and a lot of trial and error.

Investigating impact of chlamydia on sheep health

A new project is investigating the role that chlamydia has on sheep health and lamb losses in Australian flocks.

Red meat industry doing its bit to reduce food, plastic waste

Plastic-free meat trays and technologies which extend shelf life are just two of the ways the red meat industry is helping to reduce food waste.

EMI hits lowest level in eight years

Wool market faces more gloom as EMI takes biggest hit in eight years.

How you can profit by reducing lambing mob sizes

Reducing your lambing mob size by 100 ewes can increase your marking percentage by 4.5 per cent.

Ewe sure she had six lambs?

Richard Brien came across the unusual mothering situation on Sunday.

Prime Lamb Annual: Quality key for Dorper lamb brand

The Dorper lamb brand is delivering on its goal – to deliver high quality lamb to customers, and premium prices to producers.

Prime Lamb Annual: Producing consistent, quality lamb, perfect for butchers

Evan Frankham is running a low-maintenance breeding and finishing operation at Rosalea, Wellington

What will the spring lamb breed breakdown be?

With a bumper spring lamb crop predicted to start coming through physical and online saleyards, what is the breakdown of breeds expected to be?

Avoid baaaad choices: get help

Those thinking of giving sheep a crack are encouraged to do plenty of research so they can make the best decisions for their land and stock.

Electronic wool bale tagging a breeze at Illabo

Electronic tagging of wool bales could be a part of the sheep industry’s future and NSW wool grower Beverley Norman is keen to jump on board.

Prime Lamb Annual: Mary had a little lamb … delivered

Lamb producers are taking the next step and selling their produce direct online and at farmers’ markets.

Chinese market volatility puts wool prices at eight-year low

Growers look to diversity in the face of low wool prices.

Qld Dorper and White Dorper rams to $5000

Elders St George penned a reduced yarding of 58 rams, with 56 going to new homes for a clearance rate of 96 per cent.

e-Bale technology moving closer to a reality

e-Bale technology making progress, but more work to do to enable commercial implementation.

SIL ewes ‘hot property’ as producers fast track restocking

Scanned-in-lamb ewes have been hot property for much of the year but that trend is beginning to show signs of slowing down.

Superfine wool award to New England

Australian Superfine Woolgrowers Association (ASWGA) Fleece Competition Winners 2019-20

Lamb yardings stumble

The trade lamb indicator dipped another 23 cents a kilogram (carcase weight) to settle at 684c/kg.

Dell sells top-priced rams at Cobar sale

Ten studs sold all 86 rams for a $2100 average at the Cobar Dorper and White Dorper sale.

Sheep meat helps to balance wool volatility

Coronavirus puts element of uncertainty in sheep and wool markets.

Switched joining aids drought bounce back

What risks would you take to rebound from drought?

Wool retailers adapt to COVID-19 challenges

How have Australian wool clothing retailers adapted to the challenges of COVID-19?

Wethers are relief valve for Lockhart family

Lifting sheep numbers at Lockhart determined by introducing mixed species crops to the rotation

Vale | Bill Bailey sheep classer 1935-2020

Bill Bailey was not just a sheep classer; he was a mentor, counsellor and friend to many.

Complicated global factors holding fibre sales stagnant

Wool analyst stresses importance of global confidence to get supply chains moving again.

Heavy-cutting Hamilton Run stud reserve sells for $20,000

Mid North Poll Merino stud, Hamilton Run, has achieved one of the sales of the the SA ram selling season with a heavy-cutting stud reserve fetching $20,000.

Improving fertility with Aussie Whites at The Rock

Aussie Whites were the perfect fit in Dave Walker’s quest for a low-maintenance maternal breed.

Make your clip competitive

Buyers taking no risks as wool market pressures increase.

Melbourne open-cry wool auctions allowed to proceed

The Victorian government has announced that open-cry auctions at the Melbourne woolstores will be able to proceed.

Unique circumstances surrounding wool slump

Recent wool slump unique compared to normal market cycles.

Multiple volume buyers help clear Woodoona rams

Woodoona Poll Merino stud cleared more rams at its sale at Borrika last week.

Can you stand by what you sell? Tips on passing a farm audit

Around 3000 farm audits are conducted every year to ensure producers are abiding by quality assurance scheme requirements.

Structure is key at Berridale

Border Leicester rams are producing good crossbred lambs for the McGufficke family.

Moving in the right direction

Richard and Sally Carn are increasing numbers at St Johns, The Rock.

Prices steady but supply levels will be big factor in any short-term improvements

Wool prices have steadied but could be pressured in the coming month if supplies rapidly rise.

Have your say on who sits on the MLA board

Candidates are being sought to fill three producer representative positions on the Meat & Livestock Australia Board Selection Committee.

National farm dog challenge kicks off

The 2020 Cobber Challenge starts today, with 12 dogs from around the country competing to win the title of Australia’s hardest working dog.

Market prompts shift in focus

Shifting from wether wool production to a self-replacing Merino flock will allow the Rolfe family to meet multiple markets.

How to prevent heat stress in your livestock

The world has had its 20 hottest years on record in the last 22 years, so how is that impacting our livestock?

Bacterial infection hits lambing

Sheep producers are being urged to be aware of Campylobacter, a common bacteria which is a leading cause of infectious abortions across the country.

Spring drop stunner sets $12,300 record at Ridgway Advance’s ram sale

Buyers from four states were active at Ridgway Advance’s annual ram sale where a new $12,300 on-property record was achieved and a credible $2472 average.

Love of wool runs in Dohertys’ veins

The Doherty brothers at Goolma are always keen to improve their Merino flock.

Genetics help boost wool cut, fertility in flock at Glencoe

Fine-tuning ram selection and improving fertility is Tom Simson’s focus as he increases flock numbers.

Shorn wool production predicted to stabilise

Shorn wool production levels predicted to steady for 2020-2021 season.

Hard work is paying off

The Whittaker family is focusing on breeding plain-bodied, heavier Merinos, and it is paying dividends.

China’s dominance just what the wool market needs?

Australia’s wool industry could benefit from China’s dominance and rise in consumer confidence.

Merino Annual: Growers adapt to online sales

It’s set to be a tough year for Merino ram sales, and while the wool market plays a role in the success of multi-vendor and on-property sales, the spread of COVID-19 is having a bigger impact.

Staple length in focus with a shift to six-month shearing

The Kensit family has increased wool cut and staple length, while improving lamb survival.

Merino Annual: Wool testing in testing times

Wool tester Janet Bell found herself confined to Tasmania when Victoria was hit by a second wave of COVID-19.

Strong fundamentals support sheep industry’s future

What is ahead for the Australian sheep industry and its key export markets?

Reduced quantity eases market pressure

Smaller offering eases market pressure and stimulates buyer demand.

Open-cry wool auctions cease in Melbourne

Covid-19 restrictions force open-cry wool auctions to temporarily cease in Melbourne.

Merino Annual: Click go the shears, 1.5 metres away

Shearers now have a new task on their agenda – staying away from each other.

Shearing shed upgrade is worker and animal friendly

A NSW wool grower has built a new state of the art shearing shed to benefit his operation and the overall longevity of the industry.

Jordan facility shut out of Australian live trade

Eid Al Adaha event leads to self-report and action.

Wool growers told to improve quality of shearing sheds

Wool growers with inadequate shearing shed facilities may feel the brunt of the national shearer shortage more than those that have worked to improve theirs.

SA growers weigh up market options as COVID-19 bites demand

Many SA growers who put wool on hold several months ago – hoping the market fall might be a “short-term glitch” – are now realistic that prices are likely to be “somewhat depressed around current levels” for at least this year

Spring lamb loses its bounce

Sucker lambs hitting the market early has placed additional pressure on winter prices.

Sheep producers urged to watch out for Campylobacter

Campylobacter is a common bacteria found across the country which is the leading cause of infectious abortions in sheep.

Wool off-cuts used to ship food and pharmaceuticals

Wool is being used as an alternative thermal packaging for food and pharmaceutical products.

Sale average lift at Carcuma Nth

QUALITY Poll Merino, White Suffolk and Poll Dorset sires were offered at Carcuma North’s 13th annual sale at Peake last week.

Online bidders boost Ridgway ram sale

Ridgway Poll Merino stud interfaced its on-property ram sale with AuctionsPlus for the first time on Monday.

Processing uncertainty impacts national lamb yardings

Uncertainty in the Victorian processing industry has impacted yardings at major sheep and lamb sales.

Supply outdoing demand

Wool industry in a bind as gap between supply and demand continues to see stockpile rise.

Focus on modern methods to push productivity and boost wool profits near Boorowa

Nick and Pen Gay use multi-tactics to push the competitiveness of wool with sheep meat.

Wool buyers were starting to get active online last week while auction activity slowed

Sparks of interest were seen for online wool offerings last week, as auction prices dived.

Sheep, cattle drench the latest COVID wonder drug

Ivermectin, best known to farmers as an ingredient in sheep and cattle drenches, has showed promise as a possible treatment of COVID-19.

Sheep, cattle drench the latest possible COVID-19 treatment

Ivermectin, best known to farmers as an ingredient in sheep and cattle drenches, has showed promise as a possible treatment of COVID-19.

Focus on advantages of natural fibres may be needed to claw back wool demand

Analyst calls for all wool stakeholders to promote the fibre to lift demand.

What benefit does scanning bring you?

Does indicating whether your ewes are in lamb to singles or multiples improve your returns when selling them?

Strong competition ensures $2469 average at White River ram sale

WHITE River Poll Merino and Merino stud, Poochera, achieved another outstanding result at its 41st annual ram sale last Thursday with a total clearance of 187 big bodied, heavy cutting rams to a $15,000 high and impressive $2469 average.

Whopper Wednesday for buyers

Cowra Council has moved quickly to change the weekly lamb sale day to Wednesday.

Interstate interest buoys Kamora & Netley Park ram sale

Many Poll Merino rams were heading interstate after the Kamora & Netley Park sale at Sandalwood on Friday.

Gippsland Merino Ram Sale moves online, physical sale cancelled

The sale will be conducted via AuctionsPlus.

Market spike unlikely until retail spending resumes after global COVID-19 restrictions start to lift

Australia’s wool market slumped after auction recess last week as global consumers remain MIA.

Highlighting heritage sheep

Sheep with “attitude” also taste good.

Overweight bales heavy toll on wool industry

Overweight bales enormous cost to wool industry.

Growers call for a government representative to sit on AWI board

A wool industry group is calling on the federal government to elect one of its own representatives to sit on the Australian Wool Innovation board.

Top tips for winter lambing

Jim Meckiff advised keeping ewes ‘fit not fat’ prior to winter lambing

Rapid but planned expansion for this Tasmanian farm operation

Oliver Lindsay and father Peter, have a planned approach to developing their Tasmanian mixed farm business.

Woolgrower who lost 25kms of fencing donates bale to BlazeAid

The farmer lost lost three quarters of his farm to fire.

Marketing challenges ahead for mutton exporters

There are challenges ahead for Australia’s mutton exports, as key markets struggle to manufacture pre-COVID-19 inventory with mutton consumption down.

Lamb prices drop at Ouyen

Prices dropped even further at Ouyen Livestock Exchange in Vic on Thursday.

Strong turn out boosts Kamora Pk ram sale average

Sale average increase of nearly $330 at Kamora Park Poll Merino ram sale on Friday at Sandalwood.

SA shearers to step up to fill spring vacancies

While New Zealand and Victorian shearers are unable to travel to SA for the spring shearing season as a result of COVID-19 border restrictions, those in the SA shearing industry are optimistic that utilising local forces will allow the state get through the busy period.

Tracker a cracker for traceability and biosecurity

A new app uses technology to track livestock movements that utilises what all farmer have – a smart phone.

Tattykeel launches lamb brand to the world

Renowned Australian White sheep stud Tattykeel has launched its very own luxury lamb brand to the world – Margra Lamb.

Value of sending back data to the producer

New tools for smaller processors to tap into benefits of animal health data

‘Well nourished’ wool type ram hits $10,000 at Rices Creek’s SE sale |PHOTOS

A $32,000 purchase at Collinsville stud’s 2016 on-property sale is still paying dividends for Rices Creek stud which set a new $10,000 record price at its Tintinara sale last week with a grandson of the Imperial 20 ram.

‘Well nourished’ wool type ram hits $10,000 at Rices Creek’s SE sale

A $32,000 purchase at Collinsville stud’s 2016 on-property sale is still paying dividends for Rices Creek stud which set a new $10,000 record price at its Tintinara sale on Thursday with a grandson of the Imperial 20 ram.

Dilemma for cross border ram sellers

Vic Poll Dorset and White Suffolk stud Janmac is facing a “once in a lifetime” dilemma, with stud principals Grant and Bryce Hausler separated from more than half their clients by the border restrictions.

NSW Farmers opposes mulesing ban

NSW Farmers respond to bill that could potentially ban mulesing in NSW.

Water utilisation needed a rethink as ground cover increased at Kildara

Increasing ground cover resulted is less rainwater runoff, so Richard Keniry set up a new watering system for Kildara, Eurimbla.

How to get your lambs to best adapt to a feedlot situation

There is evidence to suggest that exposing lambs to a feedlot diet prior to feedlot entry and ensuring sufficient intake of that diet could increase feed intake and lamb growth.

Atkins Farm opens gate to plate

Tim and Monika McArthur plan to turn their Atkins Farm shearing shed at Meadows into a paddock-to-plate tourism experience.

Global demand for wool continues to falter

Wool market suffers severe losses as COVID-19 continues to negatively impact global demand.

Can you select for quality and yield?

UNE meat science lecturer Peter McGilchrist said quality and yield used to be antagonistic to each other.

Sheep industry investigating its sustainability

The Sheep Sustainability Framework is in its consultation period before it is released to the public by the end of the year.

Should sheep eID tags become compulsory nationally?

There are growing calls for the livestock industry to implement a national strategy on sheep identification tags.

Stud and regular buyers help Glenville to healthy average, full clearance

STRONG stud interest propelled Glenville Merino & Poll Merino to an outstanding sale average and full clearance at their 59th annual on-property auction near Cowell on Tuesday.

Stock footing the bill for bumper season

Stock are footing the bill as foot abscess cases increase.

New resources launched for tips on trait selection

MLA has launched new resources to help commercial producers target specific traits identified when buying sires.

Record high set for second year in a row at North Cowie

YORKE Peninsula based North Cowie Merino and Poll Merino stud at Warooka has broken its top price record for the second year in a row with strong bidding throughout the catalogue.

Reduced Victorian output to be mitigated by lower throughput

As the biggest processing state of sheep and lamb in the country, what impact will Victoria’s reduced capacity have on the industry as a whole?

Breath easy with new age wool masks

Wool masks introducing new customers to the fibre’s many benefits.

Sharing the good news about meat

US paves the way with consumer education, says ICMJ’s Priscilla Evans

All eyes on wool as market resumes today

The wool market returns from its three-week winter recess today.

Great returns from Merino wether lambs

Turning off heavier Merino wether lambs from Oxton Park, Harden, has been attributed to a number of factors by Brad Cavanagh

Merinos pay to plant crops

Australian Merinos taking the risk out of cropping business.

Second training in ‘shearing shed of the future’

Shearers and wool handlers gained the ultimate in shearing and wool handling training on Saturday by some of the industry’s best at Dubo.

Lamb snags delight northern SA diners

TRAVELLERS in the northern pastoral areas of the state have given the thumbs up to a new brand, the Sustainable Sausage. Litchfield Pastoral Company are selling lamb snags seasoned with Lake Eyre salt

Challenging the Merino

Three influential studmasters who challenged accepted breeding concepts and set their own course changed the Merino forever, writes STEPHEN BURNS.

Goat busters at Charleville

Charleville’s John and Bronwyn Hodgen expect to come out of the last seven or so years of drought more financially viable than when they went into it, all thanks to goats.

O’Brien Poll Merino soars to $8600 stud record

O’Brien Poll Merino and Dohne stud at Kyancutta defied the dry season on the Upper Eyre Peninsula posting an 85 per cent clearance, including a new $8600 record price at their sale at the Wudinna Showgrounds last Thursday.

O’Briens snare $8600 record

O’Brien Poll Merino and Dohne stud at Kyancutta defied the dry season on the Upper Eyre Peninsula posting an 85 per cent clearance, including a new $8600 record price at their sale at the Wudinna Showgrounds last Thursday.

Merino field day showcase draws wide interest

A STEADY stream of prospective clients and onlookers were met with a showcase of fine rams at the Karoonda & Districts Stud Merino Field Day, held at the sun-drenched Murray Bridge Showgrounds today.

Cowra lamb sale day under review

Council is looking at the possibility of changing the sale day to Wednesday

Face mask wearing on-farm needs some common sense: premier

Premier says common sense rule applies in onfarm wearing of face masks.

Should shearers wear a mask? Use your common sense says government

Premier says common sense rule applies in onfarm wearing of face masks.

Wool grease prices increase as consumers buy more cosmetics

Wool prices may have declined these last few months but demand for wool grease has actually been on the rise.

Dry spell prompts early saleyard sucker sell-off

SOLID store sucker lamb prices and dwindling paddock feed have served as the catalyst for some sheep producers to sell suckers earlier than usual this season and help safeguard breeder numbers.

What benefit does scanning have to your ewe sale price?

Does indicating whether your ewes are in lamb to singles or multiples improve your returns when selling them?

Big demand for modern shearing sheds

A team of ex-shearers have been run off their feet as woolgrowers seek to upgrade their on-farm infrastructure.

Chance for young people to ‘step up’ as shearer shortage looms

There are ongoing concerns that COVID-19 border shutdowns and travel restrictions will result in a national shearer shortage heading into the busy spring shearing season.

Six-month shearing hits target market length

Six-month shearing proves a winner for Nevertire wool producers.

To scan or not to scan ewes?

There was 45 per cent growth from December 2019 when SIL Merino ewes were averaging $180, to July 2020 where they are averaging $260.

SPA commends processing industry’s dealing of coronavirus

Sheep Producers Australia has commended the work of the processing industry in its dealing of coronavirus-associated shutdowns.

Synergies abound for grains and cropping enterprises combined with sheep

New data shows high performance in the sheep and wool industry.

Skipped joining helps rebuild

A bold move to defer joining ewes for a year has proved to be the right decision for flock rebuild.

Lamb prices come off the boil ahead of spring

Lamb prices have taken a hit as a myriad of factors impact the marketplace.

Regular buyers contribute to full Brimanna clearance

A FULL clearance and healthy average of $2204 ensured Brimanna Poll Merino principal Jayden Harris was pleased after the stud’s on-property auction at Yeelanna on Monday.

Length will be king as growers hope for a wool recovery

Industry experts don’t believe the wool market will show any immediate signs of recovery when it returns from its winter recess next week.

Resisting resistance in sheep treatments

Blowflies continue to develop resistance to chemicals used for treating flystrike.

Wool a staple down through the years

It’s often said it was wool that Australia’s prosperity was built on, and in 1935 in Queensland, that base was still very much in evidence.

Strong sale for Dalveen’s 50th

The Richardson family of Dalveen Poll Merino stud at Woodchester have completed their 50th ram sale.

Strong support for Dalveen’s 50th ram sale

The Richardson family of Dalveen Poll Merino stud at Woodchester have completed their 50th ram sale.

Tasmanian and Victorian brokers open joint new wool floor

Two wool brokers have shown their confidence in the industry opening a joint wool display floor.

Wet and windy warning for East Gippsland

An east coast low has potential to bring heavy rain to east Gippsland that could see flash flooding in elevated areas.

Picking the right ram this season

With a good season across most of NSW and terrific sheep prices being paid, it is timely to consider certain criteria when selecting your replacement rams.

Resilience to bounce back aids Kangaroo Island rebuild

Bushfire burned 100 per cent of David Busch’s property on Kangaroo Island, SA, in late December last year but he’s on track to rebuild.

Resisting resistance

Blowflies continue to develop resistance to chemicals used for treating flystrike.

East Gippsland farmers ‘keep moving forward’ after bushfires

Tammy and Kevin Woodgate are no stranger to fire but that didn’t make this year’s summer bushfires any less horrific.

Statewide attendance at Keith Merino field day |PHOTOS

Despite the absence of Victorian Merino enthusiasts due to the COVID-19 border restrictions , the South East Merino Field Day notched up one of its strongest attendances in years.

How the online sheep market has been a ‘tale of two seasons’

It was a tale of two seasons for sheep purchasing online last financial year, new data from AuctionsPlus has shown.

Lamb prices and yardings smashed by coronavirus

Abattoir closures and consequent restricted competition hit lamb and sheep yardings and prices this week.

Keeping lambs alive in dry

A lambing of 184 per cent in drought proved record keeping and data serves growers’ bottom line.

Goat sires ‘going gangbusters’

Amid what is probably the best livestock market in Australia at the moment, Boer bucks sold to a top of $1510 and averaged $854 in an AuctionsPlus goat sale this week.

Merino breeders hoping for sales on par with ’19

Agents are hopeful the upcoming Merino ram sale season will mirror last year’s strong results with the lifts in averages seen in recent years maintained and clearance rates of 90 per cent or more again.

Little lift for NSW lamb

NSW trade lambs averaged about 812c/kg and heavy lambs close to 760c/kg early this week.

Adelong bushfire experience like an ‘overnight drought’

Almost eight months after bushfire ravaged his properties and Andrew Reynolds is still working to make his paddocks stock proof.

Lamb slaughter declines but quality expected to improve

New data has indicated the country has just recorded its lowest monthly lamb slaughter since January 2012 and lowest sheep slaughter in almost four years.

Challenges ahead for Merino industry

Will the volatile wool market be the final straw for wool growers considering a switch into another enterprise?

Challenges ahead for struggling Merino industry

Will the volatile wool market be the final straw for wool growers considering a switch into another enterprise?