Around the Camp April 2013

Welcome to our third edition of “Around the Camp”, our monthly update of sheep industry news and events.  I have been overwhelmed with items to include in this newsletter, so many in fact that I have had to hold some over for the next one.  Happy reading!

1. ABARES outlook for sheep meat and wool

2. Upcoming events

  • BusinessEDGE 17-18 April Blackall
  • What drives your business forum & dinner 19 April Longreach

3. Shearing and wool handling: A career for your future

4. Guardian dog manual

5. Consultation on sheep and cattle welfare standards

6. Attracting and retaining staff

7. E-newsletters

  • Wool Market Weekly Report
  • Beyond the Bale March
  • Feral Flyer March
  • AWI Newsletter February

8. Backing for new OJD direction


1. ABARES outlook for sheep meat and wool

The latest forecasts for the sheep and wool industry were released at the ABARES Outlook Conference in early March.  The switch to prime lamb is starting to reverse with some sheep producers returning to wool to take advantage of better returns.  Wool prices are tipped to rise over the next 5 years with stronger economic activity expected to lift consumer demand for discretionary products such as woolen clothes.

Click here to view the presentations from the conference speakers.

Click here to view a summary of the sheep meat outlook as reported by the Qld Country Life.

Click here to view a summary of the wool outlook as reported by the Qld Country Life.

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2. Upcoming events

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3. Shearing and wool handling: A career for your future

High school students learn to shear sheep and handle wool.

Check out the youtube clip.

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4. Guardian dog manual

The Invasive Animal CRC have reprinted 100 copies of the guardian dog manual.  They are available from Glenn Conroy on 02 6201 2890 or email glenn.conroy@invasiveanimals.com.  Alternatively the book is available for download.

Click here to download guardian dog manual.

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5. Consultation on sheep & cattle welfare standards

Have your say on animal welfare issues. A consultation period is now open on the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Cattle and Sheep.

To find out more information on these standards and how to comment click here.

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6. Attracting and retaining staff

Many rural-based businesses are adjusting to greater competition for skilled labour and the continued migration of people to urban centres.  A study was undertaken to better understand and find solutions to the problems of securing a skilled and stable labour force for the pastoral industries.

Click here to learn more.

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7. E-newsletters

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 8. Backing for new OJD direction

Sheep producers and industry bodies are supporting the broad direction of the new Ovine Johnes Disease (OJD) National Management Plan.

 Click here to find out some of the key features of the plan.

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This email was sent on behalf of the Leading Sheep project.

Click here to find out more about Leading Sheep.

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