Since their inception into the Australian sheep flock in 2011 as a shedding breed, Australian White sheep have quickly become renowned across sheep meat operations for their efficiency as self-replacing units, minimal maintenance, and superior meat quality. As the Australian lamb and shedding breed industry has continued to rise over the past couple of decades, interest in Australian White sheep - both purebred and crossbred, has also risen.
The AuctionsPlus Market Insights (AMI) team has undertaken a year-on-year (YOY) comparison between January 2020 and January 2021 for the national sheep and lamb market - highlighting the complete contrast in seasonal conditions between the two periods and increased focus upon online selling.
Cattle - By Emma Fessey What a winter! It is hard to believe that the cold months are now behind us as we gear up for a huge spring! The month of August saw 54,984 head of cattle listed online, a decrease of 16,700 head from July. Despite the reduced offering this month, the market maintained its value with tight supply continuing to fuel high prices across the board. Cold weather and a few frosty mornings certainly did not freeze up fingers hitting the ‘bid’ button this month, with clearance rates reaching 88% across the various stock categories. Restocking demand throughout the Eastern States was sustained, underpinning the strong steer and heifer market which continue to see dearer price trends.
With spring already knocking on our doorstep, widespread above average seasonal conditions have pre-empted a bumper lamb crop for 2020. This is an exciting step in addressing the critical herd rebuilding stage currently faced across the nation.
In a time of global uncertainty where Australians seemed to be more concerned about ‘panic buying’ toilet paper than the announcement of a pandemic, primary producers across the country followed a similar trend restocking their paddocks. Since rainfall earlier in the year extinguished one of the most widespread droughts in Australian history, producers shifted briskly from de-stocking to restocking to harness the vastly improved seasonal conditions and maximise productivity, seen here in a recent AMI analysis of the store market – https://bit.ly/2CERCDb.
With livestock prices at record levels, producers are seeking to unveil the driving forces impacting buyer decisions. The AuctionsPlus Market Insights team has undertaken a comparative analysis between PTIC and Station Mated heifers and cows sold online to observe and investigate market trends and points of difference between the two respective stock categories.