ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Clint Jasper – “Retail lamb prices are expected to rise this year, with farmers telling Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) they will be keeping more sheep on the farm to build up their herd this season.
MLA is tipping the number of lambs sent to slaughter in 2017 will be 21.7 million head, 2.7 million lower than last year. Mutton slaughter will fall to its second lowest level on record, at 5.8 million head.
Farmers are keeping more of their older ewes at home in order to increase herd sizes at a time when lamb, mutton and wool prices are all breaking or scraping recording record high levels.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOODY the Kelpie’s last-minute inclusion in the 2017 Wagga Yard Dog Club working dog auction turned out to be a nice $9000 afterthought for owner Mat Corby.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “PUBLIC comment on a draft strategy to reduce the impact of wild dogs in New South Wales is being sought by the state’s Department of Primary Industries.”
Watch events as they unravel at the annual wool auction hosted by the Australian Wool Exchange and its partners at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
The sale is met with enthusiasm from woolgrowers, brokers and buyers – all eager to showcase the industry to the public. But don’t just sit on the side lines, the people from the Australian Wool Exchange and brokers will be on hand answer any questions you might have during the action.
When: 11 and 12 April
Where: Sheep & Wool Pavilion
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “DEMONDRILLE Merino stud from Harden in NSW was the clear winners of the Merino section at the Sydney Royal Show yesterday…”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “HALF a million fewer lambs than previously forecast will be slaughtered this year, which is expected to drive prices to more record highs.
Meat and Livestock Australia’s April update of its sheep industry projections shows 2.7 million fewer sheep and lambs will be processed compared to last year, resulting in “strongest ever” markets.”
LITHGOW MERCURY – “Their entries were in sheep-shape condition and Lithgow High School claimed top prizes in the Royal Easter Show’s stud competition.
The school and students took home first place in the sires fleeced division and in the schools interbreed long wool ram displaying two teeth or over.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Andrew Farran – “Western District wool grower Andrew Farran gives his take on the issues of the historically low Merino flock, the implications of increasing wool production and how innovation has contributed to industry viability and might in the future.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Taylor Jurd – “TOURISM and history are all part of working life for central west farmers Ian and Dianne McCutcheon.
The couple, who run cattle and sheep on their property west of Gilgandra, also operate tours at their Berida Woolshed, which is nearly 120 years old.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S wool industry now has its own medal, anyone can win it and nominations are open. The Federation of Australian Wool Organisations Inc. has announced the launch of the Australian Wool Industry Medal to recognise men and women who have made an exceptional and sustained contribution to the industry.”