Livestock

Two sheep farmers took home an equal share in $1000 prize money for the Ute Elevation Competition as part of Sheep Easy 2015.

Although numbers of sale rams were down on last year, prices were up at the 97th Rabobank Katanning Ram Sale which reached a top price of $25,000.

Results of the inaugural Merino Wether and Ram Lamb Muster were announced at the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo & Ram Sale last week at Katanning.

On day one of the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo & Ram Sale event, news broke of stud interest in the purchase of a $40,000 ram via private sale.

Heavy cutting mid-micron Merino sheep with stylish white wool were highly rewarded at the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo and Ram Sale event held last week at Katanning.

Melbourne-based Otway Livestock Exports is the latest player in the tightening WA live export cattle and sheep market.

WAFarmers president and Badgingarra cattle farmer Dale Park believes Indonesia has not gone far enough to secure its domestic demand for Australian cattle with its latest 50,000 head export permit.

The Australian wool market lifted again last week, rising 46 cents/kg clean, with the Eastern Market Indicator closing at 1304c/kg, defying the devaluation of the Chinese renminbi.

Gingin couple Steve and Liz Slater, of Margam Farm, have introduced the first Charollais sheep into WA.

Sheep industry leaders compared notes last week in a collaborative effort to address some of the key issues facing progress towards growth of the WA flock.

WA cattle producers have engaged in a "robust debate" over a plan to tackle the $600,000-a-year threat of bovine Johne's disease.

Live animal export veteran Steve Meerwald has warned the industry about putting too much emphasis on the Chinese market.

Harvey Beef has signalled paying its suppliers for yield and quality as it seeks more value from its customers.

Tambellup woolgrower Brett Green was pleased with how his family's Ellawah/RG woolclip sold last week at the Western Wool Centre.

The Walker family of Newdegate have been breeding traditional Suffolk rams at their Jusak Stud for more than 20 years, but in 2012 branched into White Suffolks in response to strong demand.

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