Proposed changes to the live sheep industry are disproportionate when compared to the risk faced. There is a smarter way forward, says Sue Middleton.
Maiden ewes based on Carrabungla-blood have been determined the winners of the 2019 flock ewe competition.
A dry January and high feed costs have seen producers offloading sheep in preference to feeding them.
Internal and external parasites combined comprise the major disease problem of Australian sheep costing the industry an estimated $715 million per year.
A big reward is on offer for the best Merino in the shed at this year's Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama.
The number of ewes joined has fallen 2 per cent to 17.375 million head writes Mecardo's Angus Brown.