WA sheep producers are being encouraged to think long-term when considering options for managing their sheep enterprise through spring.
The Australian sheep industry continues to go from strength to strength off the back of increased prices, production and exports, according to Rural Bank’s 2017 Australian Sheep Annual Review.
Sheepmeat Council of Australia and SAFEMEAT are partnering in the search for a chairperson of the new SAFEMEAT Sheep Traceability Working Group, charged with the task of enhancing the National Livestock Identification System for Sheep and Goats.
Lamb eating quality trials have identified new opportunities to grow the valuable Chinese and United States markets, with the consumer insights to enable the sheepmeat value chain to better address quality and price demands.
Sheep meat researchers are tackling the problem of what impact long-haul shipping routes have on eating quality, with a new series of consumer trials planned for the United States.
The national mutton indicator remained in the upper realms of price records, closing sales at 412¢/kg cwt.
Thirty-three producers across Victoria will share in more than $72,000 in funding in the Victorian Government's initial roll out of the sheep and goat electronic identification transition package.