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Past articles by Kristin:

After seven years of research, Pingelly Merino Lifetime Productivity project wraps up in WA

After seven years, the Pingelly MLP project, one of five across the country, reaches completion in WA. → Read More

WALRC matches progressive producers with university students in "Farm-a-Friend" program

WALRC's Farm-a-Friend program aims to develop a culture of ready communication between livestock researchers and producers. → Read More

Mulesing in Merino lambs has dropped over past three years according to AWI survey

An AWI survey shows mulesing is falling out of favour with Merino producers. Picture supplied. In three years, mulesing of Merino lambs has dropped 17 per cent according to a new survey. → Read More

New oral pain relief option, Butec, joins the livestock health market

Long term pain relief is applied to the mucosal membranes inside the mouth of lambs and calves providing extended relief after animal husbandry procedures. Picture supplied. A new oral pain relief product developed in conjunction with the CSIRO is set to give primary producers more options when it comes to improving animal welfare outcomes. → Read More

Increased supply and dry conditions to impact sheep producer profits

The ABARES March Agriultural Report predicts sheepmeat production to fall in the short term.. Picture supplied. In February, MLA tipped the Australian sheep flock to reach 78.75 million head this year, the biggest flock numbers since 2007. → Read More

Expected high VM level in wool will bring discounts in price

Good seasons will result in higher vegetable matter percentages in wool clips, particularly in the east of Australia. Picture supplied. Vegetable matter (VM) is just one of many factors that influences wool prices. → Read More

WoolProducers Australia one of three industry groups to have support from Vietnam though AusHub

WoolProducers Australia establishes a strategic partnership with AusHub (Vietnam) to explore opportunities to expand wool trade. → Read More

Churchill Fellow, Jane Milburn, says wool, cotton and linen are the key to slow fashion

For her Churchill Fellowship, Jane Milburn investigated ways hands-on upcycling actions can help reduce textile waste and enhance wellbeing. Picture supplied. Churchill Fellow, Jane Milburn, grew up on a sheep farm in South Island, New Zealand, and later completed an Agricultural Science degree at The University of Queensland. → Read More

Tributes to outgoing contributors and a welcome to new faces in Sheep Sustainability Framework Board reshuffle

Three new members bring manufacturing and sustainability skills to the Sheep Sustainability Framework Board and Sustainability Steering Group. → Read More

Wool industry training shouldn't end in the classroom according to peak industry body

The addition of wool classing to a subsidised training scheme has bought mixed reaction from stakeholders. Picture supplied. Sheep industry training needs to go beyond the classroom," according to Glen Haynes, EO of Shearer/ Wool Handling Training for the Shearing Contractors Association of Australia (SCAA). → Read More

Shearing and contracting labour a significant cost item in the farming budget

Farming inputs on the rise across all sectors, whole industry suffers 150pc input cost surge since 2002. → Read More

Live sheep exporters say ban policy sets a dangerous precedent

Comments on live export ban by Minister for Agriculture, Hon Murray Watt, brings swift rebuttal from Live-Ex Council. → Read More

NSW Farmers calls for clarity around eID funding

NSW Farmers want clarity around funding to achieve 2025 eID deadlines, opinions from other state farmers groups → Read More

Mutton drops to $3/kilogram locally while export demand from China peaks

Mutton might be on the nose in Australia, but the Chinese can't get enough of our exports. Picture supplied. Mutton prices have seen a depressing 2023 start, now bringing below $3 per kilogram. → Read More

Biological defleecing advances with labour intensive nets no longer needed

The struggle to find wool harvesting labour may be a thing of the past if the latest biological defleecing research is successful. Picture supplied. A natural protein in corn is the secret weapon behind AWI funded research into new opportunities for biological defleecing of sheep.. → Read More

Sheep Producers Australia announce Ms Kerry Harris as new Director

Ms Kerry Harris appointed as Non-Executive Independent Director for Sheep Producers Australia. → Read More

Monthly slaughter numbers higher, trade lamb supply lower in latest market

Mutton higher in Victoria, lower in NSW, while trade lamb sale numbers declined. → Read More

Monthly slaughter numbers higher, trade lamb supply lower in latest market

Mutton higher in Victoria, lower in NSW, while trade lamb sale numbers declined. → Read More

Wool traceability and disease defence concerns unite wool industry groups

A collaboration among wool industry groups, including AWI and AWEX, aims to tighten industry biosecurity through improved traceability. → Read More

Aussie Whites take on Wagyu beef for producing meat with high marbling and low fat melting point

Doonkami Australian White Stud focus on breeding for marbling and eating quality. → Read More