Winter is coming, where will lamb land?

While many are focussed on the Anzac Day market of a good autumn break, and whether more rain – or any rain at all for some – is on the horizon to kick start the season, the shortening days also tell us winter is right around the corner. Which usually means improved returns for those […]

US herd build provides a boost

USA texas longhorn

The long-predicted slowdown in US beef production has seemingly come into play this year, and Australian beef is filling some of the production gaps. Total Australian beef exports for the first quarter of 2024 are up 25% year-on-year, and exports to the US are up 80% for that same period. We have to go back […]

Sheep Live export lifts in 2023 despite uncertainty

Live sheep exports rose year-on-year for the first time in five years in 2023 but were still historically low. And while good numbers headed offshore in February, year-to-date figures for 2024 are still quite sluggish. Some markets have been improving, with Saudi Arabia continuing to be active after importing Australian sheep for the first time […]

Live export lull as we wait for major market

Australian live cattle exports got off to a cracking start, surging well above year-ago levels in January, however, February saw less than half the cattle leave our shores than did in the same month of 2023. This is being put down to the major market, being Indonesia, only signing on the dotted line when it […]

Prices put the brakes on producers intent

Sheep in distance in green paddock

Livestock sectors across the board were impacted by the volatile market conditions and unpredicted weather conditions at the back end of 2023. The sheep industry likely felt this more than most, as producers can react faster to conditions, and their market saw a historically extreme fall and recovery. Just last month we had a look […]

Feed pens fuller yet again

Cattle in feedlot

Volatile market conditions for cattle didn’t scare the lot feeding sector into submission last year with yet more growth recorded for the final quarter. The number of cattle on feed in Australia grew by 2.9% in the September-December period, to a record high of 1.29 million head. The number of cattle able to be fed […]

Plenty of Lamb, many a market

With Meat & Livestock Australia’s Sheep Industry Projections indicating 2024 will be the peak supply for this cycle of flock growth, it will come as no surprise that lamb and mutton exports are set to follow suit. And they aren’t wasting any time, with lamb exports already 27% higher for January-February than the same two […]

Maintenance mode for Aussie herd

The national cattle herd is forecast to dip by just 1% by June of this year, after lifting 4% from 2022 to 2023. MLA projects the herd to be 28.58 million head in 2024, down from 28.7 million last year, and to keep dropping to be 6% lower by 2026. This is a change of […]

Mutton maintains, lamb lags

Movement in the sheep and lamb markets was minimal this week, with most indicators either holding firm or falling slightly. Mutton and restocker lambs showed some resilience for the week, but prices across the board remain well below month-ago levels. Yardings climbed back up following last week’s decline, and the latest slaughter figures are still […]

Yardings surge for finals weeks of 2023

With just a few days of trading to go for the year, producers look as though they continued to try to get in while the going was good this week, with high yarding numbers indicating prices have improved enough that there were still plenty of punters out there keen to cash in before Christmas this […]

Beef exports finishing year strong

Australian beef exports generally maintained their momentum last month, staying well above both year-ago and five-year-average volumes. The trade did back off from the bumper October, which was the strongest month for beef exports since December 2019, but the global demand appears to be keeping pace with production. This was despite plenty of international market […]

Lambs back to 600¢/kg mark

The positivity in the sheep and lamb market has continued to pick up this week, yet to be slowed by the upcoming festive season break in trading. Rising prices were also unhindered by the significant jump in throughput this week, as producers took the opportunity to capitalise on improved sentiment and get stock off before […]