Mutton drought at saleyards adds pressure to prices

Mutton numbers have dwindled at the start of the week but lamb yardings have held up reasonably well which has put pressure on prices at some selling centres. Ballarat yarded just 2361 sheep on Tuesday while numbers at Bendigo on Monday dropped to 1400. A similar trend unfolded across the border in South Australia and […]

Can meat exports be made humane? Here are three key strategies

Horrific footage of animals dying in extreme heat aboard ships has raised fresh questions over the future of Australia’s live export industry. Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has announced a review of the sheep trade to the Middle East, while the federal Labor party has promised to ban the trade if it wins the next election. Farmers’ groups argue that the […]

Lamb and beef brand owners get MLA support during COVID-19

MEAT & Livestock Australia (MLA) has introduced extra short-term financial support measures via its CoMarketing program for lamb and beef brand owners during the difficult COVID-19 trading conditions. Under the new arrangements: Participants will receive 75 percent co-contribution for investment in COVID-19 eligible activities implemented by 31 July 2020; The additional funding aims to support […]

New plea to reconsider live sheep pause

THE Kuwait government has written to Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, requesting he “reconsider” the June to September moratorium on live sheep exports due to food security issues in the country caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But efforts to change the government’s position look to be in vain. Kuwait Minister of Trade and Industry Khalid […]

Sheep poo could protect against parasites

New research will look into whether sheep poo holds the key to developing the next generation of antiparasitic treatments that could protect livestock and save the industry millions of dollars a year. University of Queensland researchers will study the bacteria and fungi present in infected sheep faeces and pastures in a bid to discover new […]

The kid from Jakarta’s slums running cattle on King Island

From his quad bike on a farm track with his dog Rufus by his side, Sukma Bowling sees kilometres of pristine coastline and hectares of lush pasture. There’s not another person in sight. He helps run a remote farm on the southern tip of King Island in Bass Strait, halfway between Tasmania and Victoria. The […]