Hayley Kennedy

Hayley Kennedy

Hayley Kennedy is a Journalist within the AuctionsPlus Customer and Digital team. Based in Biloela, Queensland, Hayley brings her extensive experience in agricultural journalism and communications to the business, having previously held positions at Australian Lot Feeders’ Association & Queensland Country Life.



Nalinga offers rare farm-buying opportunity on Flinders Island

A rare opportunity to secure prime grazing country on pristine Flinders Island has presented itself, with the listing of Nalinga.


Malaysia lifts suspension, Indonesia still deliberating on LSD report

Malaysia has lifted the temporary suspension of live cattle and buffalo exports from Australia, but Indonesia remains unmoved on the issue.


Riding the market waves with top-quality progeny from Circle 8 sires

The old adage of ‘you can sell anything in a good market, but only quality sells in a bad one’ is well and truly on display in the current cattle market.


Biosecurity Levy: greater transparency needed

Producers can now have their say on how the Labor government's controversial new biosecurity protection levy should be applied.


The fine art of producing an exceptional Wagyu eating experience

Consistently delivering premium returns and an exceptional eating experience, there’s no doubt Wagyu has earned favour with producers and consumers alike.


Outstanding Woonallee Toronto T274 hits breed record $55,000

Another breed record has tumbled, this time at the Woonallee Simmentals bull sale at Tamworth on Wednesday.


More bulls and lower average prices make for a buyer's market

The 'doom and gloom' cattle market and seasonal outlook doesn't appear to be putting a huge dampener on the bull market, with early spring sales off to a solid start.


LSD detection 'no cause for concern', Indo trade remains open

The detection of lumpy skin disease in Australian cattle in Indonesia has been labelled as "no cause for concern", with government and industry groups reaffirming Australia remains free of the disease.


Texas Thunderstruck T383 sells for Australian all breeds record $360,000

The Mayne family has sold Texas Thunderstruck T383 for a whopping $360,000 to set a new Australian all breeds record.


Wheat prices rally 18% amid Black Sea turmoil

Wheat prices have rallied back to recent highs following further tensions in the Black Sea, however analysts say the market is a lot less concerned now than it was in 2022.

Sheep & Lamb

Greater focus on lamb eating quality imperative for market growth

The strong global demand for high quality sheepmeat and a sheep flock that has reached its highest level since 2007 has analysts pointing to the huge opportunities for Australian producers, but challenges abound too.


Attracting and retaining staff, as govt makes a ‘shambles’ of the workforce

As historically low unemployment rages on, concerns about the labour shortfall in regional Australia and how to attract and retain good staff are reaching a crescendo.


Drought preparation and fire mitigation crucial ahead of El Nino event

As Australia stares down an impending summer of below average rainfall and possible heatwaves and bushfires, producers are being warned to prepare themselves as much as possible.


Rates on hold but more pain to come, as experts say cashflow is critical

The decision by the Reserve Bank to hold interest rates steady this month would have been a relief to many, but producers are under no illusions that we've seen the peak.

Sheep & Lamb

Getting lamb on the table amid a host of hurdles for premium products

The hurdles we need to overcome to get lamb off the shelf and into shopping baskets appear never-ending, however a global food expert has some sage advice for Australian producers.


Investors walking away from 'ridiculous' food innovation fads

The explosion of disruptive innovation for food products over the past decade appears to have reached its peak.


Huge supply of weaner cattle expected from 28.7 million-head herd

The national cattle herd is on track to reach its highest level since 2014 at 28.7 million head, with agents and analysts expecting an influx of both young cattle and finished-weight animals to market next year.


Ronelle Park Slurpie S29 makes record $106k at National Shorthorn Sale

There was no freeze in the bidding for Ronelle Park Slurpie S29 at the National Shorthorn Show and Sale in Dubbo on Wednesday, with the junior champion bull being knocked down for a national record of $106,000.

Sheep & Lamb

Sheepmeat producer sentiment nosedives, as community support for live ex lifts

Producer sentiment in the Western Australian sheepmeat industry has nosedived, as they stare down the federal government’s impending phase out of live sheep export by sea.

Sheep & Lamb

What ‘too many eggs in the China basket’ has taught us about market access

The opportunities a ‘gold standard’ trade agreement could provide are being closely watched, as insiders warn not to put too many eggs in the China basket.


US mad cow case no cause for concern

Expectations that a recent case of atypical mad cow disease in the US will not impact trade have held up, though analysts are still watching closely for any sign of market changes.


Paraway Pastoral lists three key NSW properties worth over $180m

Paraway Pastoral Company has put three blue ribbon New South Wales properties on the market, with the ‘marquee listing’ being valued at over $180 million.


Property market yet to peak despite growth momentum slowing

The record run for farmland values could very well be nearing an end, with analysts tipping 2023 to be a year of slowed growth in the property market.


Producers cop 10pc levy increase to fund biosecurity measures

Australia’s biosecurity system looks set to be strengthened by way of a long-term, predictable and sustainable funding model, but it will come at a cost for producers.


Instant asset write-off to be hamstrung by $20k threshold

Farmers looking to boost productivity through utilisation of uncapped asset write-off will be out of luck following the Labor government’s release of the 2023-24 federal budget.


Global Food Forum looks beyond borders to be profitable in a changing world

The crucial issues shaping the future of Australia’s $150 billion agribusiness sector and being profitable in a changing world will take centre stage later this month, when the 2023 Global Food Forum returns to Melbourne.


Robbins Island Wagyu: an iconic saltwater muster and a premium eating experience

It seems fairly safe to assume there’d be no shortage of people in rural Australia who can list the challenges of mustering a mob of cattle. Rarely, though, would you come across someone who mentions timing the tide just right for an ocean channel crossing, or seaweed piles that are seemingly foreign to the cattle.


PregCheck integration ensures informed bidding decisions

A commitment to ensuring industry profitability through continual improvement of integrity standards has seen AuctionsPlus partner with the Australian Veterinary Association to integrate PregCheck into the online marketing platform’s assessment system.


Spry’s Shorthorn female hits record $95,000

A leading donor cow offered by the Spry family is now the most expensive Shorthorn in Australia, surpassing both the female and bull records with a price tag of $95,000.


Circle 8 females powering up new and established Angus herds

Chloe Curr is no stranger to the simple pleasures and exciting opportunities the beef industry has to offer. Growing up on Arizona Station in north west Queensland, the 20-year-old has sat on the tail of countless mobs of cattle, put thousands of head through the yards, and been exposed to many of the breeds that thrive in the northern pastoral system.


Reducing isolation for rural and remote mothers one podcast at a time

As much as it’s a cliché, there’s no denying the truth of ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. But what happens when you live in rural or remote Australia and that village is nowhere to be found?

Future of Agriculture

From 'humble beginnings' to Zanda McDonald Award winner

Leadership, determination and spirit are qualities that many of the next generation of ag possess, but they’re also what set some exceptional young professionals apart from the rest.


PLC Armidale charity steers raising funds for disadvantaged kids and cardiac research

When steer Billy the ‘Kidzfix’ Kid enters the show ring at the Sydney Royal Easter Show next week, he’ll have a special mission ahead of him – raise money for sick and disadvantaged children.


Carbon accounting to become common practice, but is carbon neutrality really sustainable?

‘What you don’t measure, you can’t manage’ has long been a common turn of phrase in the agriculture industry, but soon it could be more than that.


Landfall Angus bull exceeds expectations with $240,000 price tag

There was no doubt Landfall Pheasantry S1755 had all the makings of a sale topper, but a bid of $240,000 was a ‘surreal’ experience for the Archer family ofLandfall Angus stud.


Namoi River water licences attract $25 million cash splash

The robust nature of the water market was on full display on Wednesday when two mixed farming operators from Wee Waa each paid more than $10 million to secure licences in the Namoi River.


Sustainability at the heart of innovative pet treat ingredients

With a business named after her kids’ imaginary pet dragons and a job description that includes taste testing pet treats, it’s no surprise ‘highly creative and a little bit crazy’ is how Emma Gibbons sees herself.


Meteoric rise for young graziers' direct-to-consumer meat subscription business

As far as ‘harebrained’ ideas go, there’s no doubt Our Cow founders Bianca Tarrant and Dave McGiveron got it right when they decided to start selling their beef direct to consumers.

Market Insights

Ag production on the cusp of record $90 billion year

Australian agriculture looks set for another record year, with the value of agricultural production forecast to reach $90 billion in 2022–23.


Josie's mission to showcase disability in ag

Josie Clarke is a young woman who wears many hats. An agronomist, research assistant and PhD candidate in gene editing for crop improvement, Josie is a self-confessed plant lover and passionate about sustainable agriculture.


Full of character and slightly camera shy

When a photographer pulls out a camera, there’s guaranteed to be one of two reactions.


Te Mania's unwavering commitment to breeding better beef

It would be no easy feat becoming one of the most prominent Angus studs in Australia, but for the team at Te Mania there’s one simple guiding principle behind everything they do – breed better beef.