Livestock

Eventful year

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January 03, 2018

The Australian record breaking bull, Minnamurra Leander L81, from 0Minnamurra Speckle Park Stud sold at auction in May for $35 000.

Lamb prices continued to rise in 2017, moving into record territory in June, with record volumes of lamb produced for the January to October period.

Following months of opposition, calls for delays and questions regarding rebates, electronic sheep and goat tags were officially introduced late in 2017. A total of 13 Victorian saleyards, including Shepparton and Swan Hill, received funding to implement the infrastructure for electronic identification.

Wool producers were left with smiles on their faces after climbing wool prices across micron groups throughout the year.

From strong ram sales to rising lamb, beef and wool prices, it was a strong year for the livestock industry.

A Senate report into the red meat industry presented some confronting issues about transparency in livestock auctions; controversy developed around a Meat and Livestock Australia ad promoting lamb sales; and there were positive prices for producers across the region.

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