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LAMB prices have lifted across the state in
a strong start for the 2017 selling season.
Lambs, ewes and rams were selling in rap-
id fire at the Victorian Livestock Exchange’s
Koonwarra yards on Wednesday, January
11, thanks to strong demand and supply
from producers across South Gippsland.
“There’s been a sudden lift across the
state, as well as locally,” stock agent from
Alex Scott and Staff, Rob Ould said.
“This is the best yarding that we’ve had so
far. Lots of good lambs, and good stock.”
Wednesday’s yarding saw plenty of good,
healthy lambs and ewes selling at improving
“The top pen of lambs made $149 today
and store lambs, going back into the pad-
dock, were making up to $116 a head, ” s aid
“We’ve seen a solid improvement in prices
here today and I’d say the average for lambs
would have been between $125 and $130
which is pretty good. ”
A strong crowd of local producers were in
attendance, quickly snapping up anything
they could put back into the paddock.
“We’ve got the usual, normal run of buyers
here today, ” Rob said.
“Farmers are also making re-stocking pur-
chases as well, they’re purchasing lambs to
go back out into the paddock. ”
Despite Meat and Livestock Australia fore -
casting that lamb slaughter is due to decline
this year, on the back of slightly poorer lamb
markings and ewes joined in 2016, locally
the market is expected to hold steady for
“The season seems to be pretty set, with a
good spread of options for producers when
it comes to the lambs and what they can do
with them,” Rob said.
“It’s also not as dry as is it normally this
time of year, which also helps. ”
Get it on the barbie!
Lamb is never more highly in demand than
in the weeks leading up to Australia Day, where
tradition dictates that this succulent meat be
served at a celebratory barbecue on January
Australian’s love for lamb has been highlight-
ed in the recently launched Australian Lamb
campaign, which focuses this year on shining a
light on the nation, and celebrates modern Aus-
tralia through the medium of meat.
Andrew Howie, Group Marketing Manager at
Meat and Livestock Australia, said that lamb
is always a popular choice at this time of year.
“As a brand, Lamb stands for unity. Australia
is the greatest country on earth and lamb is the
nation’s favourite meat. Hence we have brought
those two things together to prove we should be
able to celebrate this great country every day of
The ad campaign by Australian Lamb fea-
tures a cast of Australians from all walks of life
joining together over a lamb barbecue.
The resulting party is a truly united celebra-
tion of Australia.
The all-inclusive barbecue has appearances
from familiar faces such as Sam Kekovich,
Olympian Cathy Freeman and National Rugby
player Wendell Sailor. Other Aussies present in-
clude Australia’s culinary gem, Poh Ling Yeow,
renowned Australian cricket player Adam Gil-
christ and LGBTQI comedian Rhys Nicholson
alongside a list of Australian extras; again prov-
ing lamb is the most multicultural meat.
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Rob Ould (right) and fellow stock agents
from Alex Scott and Staff quickly sold off
lambs and ewes at the Koonwarra saleyards
on Wednesday, January 11. ms070317
Lamb prices soar across Gippsland
Sheep and lamb prices across Victoria have lifted, and are expected to hold steady in the
coming months. Ms080317
SOUTH Gipplsand buyers looking for cattle
to go back onto grass helped boost Elders Blue
Ribbon weaner sale at Yea last week
The top pen of 18 February/March 2016 drop
Angus steers, Connamarra blood, sold for
$1650, setting the mark for the rest of the sale.
Elders Yea branch manager Bruce Elliott said
top calves only made $1400 last year.
WHILE 12 young farmers from across Victoria
have received scholarships of up to $10,000 to
go towards their agricultural training and study
elsewhere in the state, we got nothing here in
Bass Coast and South Gippsland.
Maybe our young aspirational farmers didn’t
Maybe they didn’t know.
The successful recipients include: Benjamin
Way Macedon Ranges, Christopher Drew Baw
Baw, Daniel Lutz Glenelg, Daniel Mullins Cen-
tral Goldfields, Edwina Hayes Moyne, Julie Mc-
Clelland, Buloke, Jed McGennisken Wellington,
Kate Wilson Baw Baw, Sarah Johnson Greater
Bendigo, Simone Kelly East Gippsland, Stewart
Moroney Wellington, and Victoria Mulcahy Cam-
The second Young Farmers Scholarship
Awards were presented by Minister for Agricul-
ture, Jaala Pulford, at a ceremony at the Wind-
sor Hotel in Melbourne last Thursday.
Come on, local MPs and Local Government –
get with it and support our local youth!
Each recipient will receive up to $5000 to
support their agricultural training and study in
areas such as farming, business and financial
literacy, risk management, and product develop-
ment. Once the students complete their studies,
they will receive an additional funding boost of
up to $5000 to invest on-farm or in professional
development - putting new skills into practice.
Applications for next year’s round of grants
will be open in mid-2017 to farmers aged 35
or under who have been working in farm busi-
nesses for at least three days a week for the past
Nothing for our Young Farmers
APPLICATIONS for the Horizon Scholarship are
now open to first-year university students study-
ing agriculture-related degrees.
The Horizon Scholarship, an initiative of the
Rural Industries Research and Development Cor-
poration (RIRDC) in partnership with industry
sponsors, provides $5000 per year for the dura-
tion of a student’s university degree.
Applications close on Friday, 24 February 2017.
The Horizon Scholarship also offers students
annual industry work placements, access to
industry leaders, professional development as-
sistance, and opportunities to network and gain
knowledge at a range of industry events.
Application forms can be downloaded from the
RIRDC website atwww.rirdc.gov.au/horizon or by
contacting RIRDC on 02 6923 6916.
Shortlisted applicants must be available for a
telephone interview in March 2017. The Scholar-
ship winners will be announced in May 2017.
Ag scholarships available
DO YOU live on a farm? Is your family on a
property? Are you working on a farm, or inter-
ested in a future in agriculture?
Maybe you’re completing studies in the rural
sector and have a creative eye and a farm safety
story to tell.
The Primary Industries Health and Safety
Partnership (PIHSP) is inviting high school and
university or agriculture college students, aged
between 13 and 21, to create and submit a video
about an element of farm safety.
Go for it, there’s a $1000 cash prize.
The competition aims to raise awareness
about farm safety in agriculture’s next genera-
tion, using the words and vision of young peo-
ple to encourage better safety behaviour among
their peers, families and Australia’s broader
The videos should be uploaded to the Rural
Industries Research and Development Corpora-
tion YouTube site, as well as other social media
Entries open on Monday, January 16 and
close Tuesday, April 18.
For Terms and Conditions and application
forms, please click the Farm Safety Video Com-
petition tab at www.rirdc.gov.au/pihsp.
Remember: they want to see video clips that
will make younger people think twice about their
actions and be safer on farm but you must not
engage in dangerous activity to get this message
What’s your farm safety story?
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