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27 May 2022
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PLEASE NOTE: The events listed below may be subject to last minute cancellation in the event of an emergency or advice from Victoria’s Chief Health Officer.

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Event Details


When: Thursday 16 June

Where: Bendigo Exhibition Centre, Holmes Road, North Bendigo

Time: 8.30 am – 4 pm 

Cost: $99 early bird special, $130 full price. 

Conference dinner held on Wednesday 15 June, 6.30 – 11.30 pm at the All Seasons Resort Hotel, Bendigo. Cost $75 per person. 


BestWool/BestLamb and BetterBeef conference

LAST CHANCE for early bird tickets!

This year’s conference will be a single day event and will highlight industry research and developments which can be applied on-farm. Featuring three keynote speakers and twelve specialised speakers/ demonstrations, the conference will explore everyday challenges facing today’s sheep and beef producers and will present new and exciting opportunities, information and learnings.

Highlights include:

  • climate – reducing emissions, carbon and climate risks
  • a producer's perspective on managing risk and making decisions on-farm
  • working dog demonstration
  • lamb autopsy demonstration
  • genomics for commercial angus breeders
  • ALMTech – tool and technology for measuring eating quality
  • trade displays.

Purchase tickets and view the full conference program at Eventbrite.

For more information about the conference contact Amanda Davis, Meat & Wool Project Officer on 0407 947 580 or email.

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Agriculture Victoria has positions available for sheep and beef farmers to participate in the 2022 Livestock Farm Monitor benchmarking project.

Participation gives you a real insight into your business and provides you with the information to assess your businesses strengthens and weaknesses and compare where your business sits in relation to other similar businesses in Victoria.

The report is a trusted and un-biased source of information that can assist farm businesses with conversations with the bank, consultants and industry.

Participation is free and all information is treated as highly confidential.

For further information about the project, visit the Agriculture Victoria website or send us an email.

Event Details


When: Wednesday 1 June

Where: Eskdale Recreation Reserve, Omeo Highway, Eskdale

Time: 9 am – 3 pm


Mitta Valley Drone and AgTech field day

Can drones save time and labour costs? What type of drone is best and what are the rules for using drones? What other AgTech is available and useful? Come along to get your drone and AgTech questions answered.

The Boort BestWool/BestLamb group has been involved in a three-year on-farm demonstration assessing the use of drones to monitor sheep welfare. Join us to hear the project findings, as well as other potential uses for drones and research underway.

Visit Eventbrite to register for this free event. Please register by 12 pm Monday 30 May for catering purposes.

Event Details


Where and when: 

  • Horsham Wednesday 1 June
  • Bairnsdale Wednesday 8 June

Time: 6 – 8 pm


Workshops: Farm finance – getting prepared

These workshops will help you to cut through the ‘bank speak’ and be well prepared when applying for financing. The workshops will be delivered in an informal ‘fireside chat’ style facilitated by Jane Foster of ORM with support from a local agricultural banker. There will be a question-and-answer session, so participants are encouraged to bring their burning questions.

Visit the Agriculture Victoria website to register for any of these free workshops.

For more information contact Sarah Wallis, Young Farmer Projects Coordinator on 0419 571 208 or email.

Event Details


When: Thursday 2 June

Where: Avoca, exact location provided upon registration

Time: 9 am – 4 pm


Workshop: Lifting lamb survival

A unique program designed to help you develop strategies to improve lamb survival and reduce ewe wastage, implement best practice management for lambing, better allocate resources through planning your lambing paddocks and increase the kilograms of wool and/or lamb you produce per hectare. Giving you greater control of your lambing success!

Course highlights:

  • targeted ewe nutrition
  • feed budgeting
  • lamb autopsy
  • record keeping.

Includes practical on-farm, one-on-one training.

  • Session 1: Setting up the lambing plan
  • Session 2: Half-day coaching on each participant’s farm (by appointment)
  • Session 3: Fine-tuning the lambing plan
  • Session 4: Reviewing the lambing.

To register and for further information contact Tess McDougall, South West Meat and Wool Regional Manager on 0409 841 492 or email. 

Event Details


When: Thursday 2 June

Where: Towong, exact location provided upon registration

Time: 9.30 am - 12.30 pm


Upper Murray weed warriors field day – farm walk and pasture assessment

The ‘Weed Warriors’ producer demonstration invites you to a paddock walk with pasture agronomist Jim Shovelton. Jim will work through paddock-based assessments of pasture composition and pasture potential. Understanding pasture composition (what the pasture consists of) is critical to planning future management activities. The field day is ideally suited to producers considering pasture renovation in the future or for those looking to assess the potential of their existing pastures.

Visit Eventbrite to register for this free event.

For more information contact Nick Linden, Livestock Industry Development Officer on 0438 369 486 or email.

Event Details



  • Tuesday 7 June Session 1: Reality check, is there enough farm for everyone? 
  • Tuesday 14 June  Session 2: How does everyone get what they want?
  • Tuesday 21 June  Session 3: Matching business capacity with family requirements

Where: Online

Time: 7 – 8 pm


Webinar series: Successful succession planning

Succession planning can be a challenging and sometimes uncomfortable task for some families, but it doesn't have to be. An awareness of what's required and what's possible in a succession plan, to meet the needs of everyone involved, can make the task easier.

Agriculture Victoria is presenting a second round of its popular Successful Succession webinar series, with three one-hour webinars to step you through the process of putting together a successful succession plan.

A free one-on-one follow up session with Meridian Agriculture will be offered to up to 20 people who attend at least two webinars.

Visit the Agriculture Victoria website to register for these free webinars. 

For more information contact Paul Simpson, Agriculture Recovery Extension Officer on 0455 750 605 or email.

Event Details


Where and when: 

  • Buchan Wednesday 8 June
  • Tubbut Thursday 9 June
  • Cudgewa Wednesday 22 June
  • Whitfield Thursday 23 June

Time: 10 am – 2 pm


Pest animal management field days

Farmers and land managers across Victoria are facing significant issues from invasive pests, whether its wild dogs, cats, foxes or feral pigs. To help farmers get the best information and advice, Agriculture Victoria with support from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP), is holding a series of field days in the Gippsland and North East Victoria showcasing the latest information and tools available to manage pest animals.

Visit Eventbrite to register for any of these free events and for more information.

Event Details


Where and when:

  • Inglewood 6 – 10 June (Improver training)
  • Manangatang 27 June – 1 July (Novice training)
  • Omeo 18 – 22 July (Novice training)

Shearer and wool handler training courses

Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is supporting training for shearers and wool handlers to attract and retain new entrants into the wool harvesting industry, build the capacity and longevity of existing staff, and increase returns to woolgrowers through improved clip preparation practices. All training aligns with nationally recognised qualifications and are designed to meet industry standards and needs.

To register for a course or for more information visit the Shearing Contractors Association of Australia (SCAA) Shearer Woolhandler Training Inc. website or phone 1300 787 984 or email. Contact the SCAA for a full list of upcoming course locations, dates and costs.

Access online training videos and resources for shearers, wool handlers, trainers, and woolgrowers on the AWI website.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) upcoming events:


Visit the MLA website to register for any of these free events or for more information.


Field day: Liver fluke management in cattle and making informed decisions while fertiliser and land prices are high, Producer Demonstration Site (PDS)

When and where:

Tuesday 31 May – Mudgegonga Hall, 1395 Myrtleford-Yackandandah Road, Mudgegonga

Workshops: Ewe lamb decision support tool (DST)

When and where:

  • Tuesday 31 May – Glenfield Park Community Centre, Wagga Wagga NSW
  • Wednesday 1 June – Sterling Place Community Centre, Dunkeld VIC
  • Thursday 2 June – Town Hall, 95 Smith Street, Naracoorte SA

Webinar series: Productivity and profitability
Webinar #40: Key diseases to vaccinate against cattle (market analysis back up)

When: Wednesday 8 June
Where: Online
Time: 8 – 9 pm

Australian fleece competition 2022


The closing date for entries to be received at the Brooklyn wool store is Friday 3 June.


Entries are currently being received for the 2022 Australian Fleece Competition. Run jointly by Nutrien Ag Solutions, Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) and Australian Sheep Breeders Association. The competition forms part of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, held in Bendigo 15 – 17 July. This year will be celebrating 21 years of the Australian Fleece Competition.

Further details regarding the competition schedule, fleece tickets and online entry instructions are available on the following websites:

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Indonesia is currently responding to widespread detections of both foot and mouth disease and lumpy skin disease.

These diseases are exotic to Australia and an incursion of either virus into Australia would result in significant animal health and trade issues. Fortunately, they are not a public health risk.

Early detection is the key to controlling disease and minimising the impacts. Despite the distance between Indonesia and Victoria, all producers and veterinarians should be implementing on-farm biosecurity plans and monitoring their livestock for any unusual signs that might signal the presence of an emergency animal disease.

Emergency Animal Disease Hotline 1800 675 888

If you suspect foot and mouth disease or lumpy skin disease, immediately contact the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888.

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Foot and mouth disease (FMD)

FMD is a highly infectious viral infection of domestic and wild cloven-hooved animals, including cattle, sheep, pigs, goats, camelids and buffalo. The virus does not infect horses.

Clinical signs of FMD include:

  • cattle, pigs, sheep, buffalo, deer, camelids and goats may show fever, drooling and reluctance to move
  • blisters on the mouth, snout, tongue, lips or between and above the hooves
  • blisters may be intact or ruptured, exposing raw, painful tissue.

In Indonesia, cattle with FMD were initially thought to be suffering from bovine ephemeral fever.

Spread of the virus is usually by the movement of live animals or exposure to contaminated products such as feed, equipment, untreated hides or other materials.

Illegally imported food contaminated with FMD virus can infect animals. To minimise the risk of spreading diseases such as foot and mouth disease, feeding pigs food scraps containing meat products, also known as ‘swill’ feeding or feeding prohibited pig feed, is illegal in Australia.

Find out more about prohibited pig feed on the Agriculture Victoria website

For more information on foot and mouth disease visit the Agriculture Victoria website or the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

Lumpy skin disease

Lumpy skin disease is a viral disease of cattle and buffalo that can result in animal welfare issues and significant production losses.


Scabs on hide of a live cow.

Clinical signs of lumpy skin disease include:

  • firm raised nodules up to 50 mm in diameter on the skin around the head, neck, genitals and limbs
  • scabs that can develop in the centre of the nodules and leave ‘large full skin thickness holes’ that are prone to infection when the scabs fall off
  • watering eyes and increased salivation and discharge from the nose.

Spread of the virus is usually by biting insects such as certain species of flies, mosquitoes and possibly ticks. Contaminated equipment and direct contact between animals has also been associated with the spread of disease.

For more information on lumpy skin disease visit the Agriculture Victoria website or the federal Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment website.

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The Southern Australia Livestock Research Council (SALRC) has announced the call for nominations for the 2022 Awards for Excellence in Southern Australian Livestock Industries.

The annual SALRC Awards have been developed to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the contributions of individuals to research and development, extension, communication and practical application of innovation on farm, to improve the profitability, productivity and sustainability of the Southern Australian red meat and livestock industries.

Award nominations close 30 June 2022. To nominate or for more information visit the SALRC website.

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BestWool/BestLamb is a partnership between Agriculture Victoria and Australian Wool Innovation Limited, which provides a network facilitating information exchange that enables producers to implement improvements in key aspects of their business.

Lyndon Kubeil, Senior Sheep Specialist 0418 532 085 or email

Alison Desmond, Project Leader Sheep Industry Development 0409 424 274 or email

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A producer demonstration project, ‘Precision soil mapping in central Victorian pastures’ is investigating the benefits and costs of precision soil mapping and variable rate applications (VRA), compared to traditional soil testing and fertiliser/ameliorant applications.

The comparison is undertaken through a paired-paddock demonstration across four sites in Central Victoria. The project is a collaboration between the Pyrenees and Smeaton BestWool/BestLamb groups, Precision Agriculture Pty Ltd and Agriculture Victoria, with funding from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA).

Producers Scott, Liz and Daniel Howell are hosting one of the sites on their 1330 hectare property at Mt Lonach near Amphitheatre.

Read more about the demonstration on the Agriculture Victoria website.

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Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) sheep meat and wool survey provides a representation of flock populations, demographics, producer intentions and breeds, allowing MLA to make projections around the sheep meat industry.

The results of the February 2022 survey are now in, revealing the production activities and intentions of producers from MLA’s defined sheep producing regions. Read the full article on the MLA website to find out some of the key insights from this latest survey.

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BetterBeef is an Agriculture Victoria coordinated producer and service provider network with a focus on increasing the profitability and sustainability of beef enterprises. It aims to grow and support a strong producer network featuring genuine partnerships with the private sector in co-design and delivery.


Amanda Davis, Acting BetterBeef Project Leader
0407 947 580 or email


Dr. Jeff Cave, Senior Veterinary Officer

Pestivirus is widespread in cattle herds worldwide including Victoria.

The nature of the disease caused by pestivirus is quite complex and depends largely upon the timing of infection.

When the virus infects cattle for the first time they may develop fever, depression and diarrhoea. This type of infection is called Bovine Virus Diarrhoea and is usually, but not always, mild. Affected cattle subsequently build up strong immunity against repeat infections.

If a cow is pregnant at the time of infection, the cow herself will be affected as described above. The effect on the unborn calf depends on the stage of infection.

If the cow is infected during the second half of pregnancy the unborn calf will develop a strong immunity and be born normal although birth abnormalities and late abortions are not uncommon.

During the first half of pregnancy an unborn calf's immune system is not developed and it therefore does not recognise the presence of the virus. As a result, the calf will be born a carrier of the virus and will shed large amounts of the virus. These persistently infected calves are the main source of virus in an infected herd.

Furthermore, if the calf that was infected during the first half of pregnancy is exposed to a more aggressive strain of the virus after it is born its immune system will not be able to fight the virus leading to a condition known as Mucosal Disease.

Mucosal Disease is a severe and invariably fatal disease. Its clinical signs include diarrhoea, fever, emaciation and lesions on the nose, mouth and feet. There is no treatment available for Mucosal Disease.

To best manage the effects of pestivirus it is important to ensure that cattle are not exposed to the infection for the first time during pregnancy. This can be done either by removing the carriers of the infection or by exposing heifers to the infection prior to their first joining. A vaccine is available against pestivirus.

For further advice please contact your local veterinarian or Agriculture Victoria veterinary or animal health officer on 136 186.

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Once the autumn break arrives, it can be difficult to know when to stop feeding supplements to your cattle. There is a balance between trying to do the right thing for the pastures, in terms of allowing them to recover from the dry, and to reduce or stop the amount of supplementary feeding being used in the system.

In a rotational grazing system, one of the best ways to determine how much supplement to use and when you can stop supplementary feeding stock is to use the following equation, [Stocking rate (cows/ha) x pasture requirement (kgDM/cow/day) x rotation length (days)] + residual (kgDM/ha).

Find out more on the Agriculture Victoria website.

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In the lead up to the 2022 BestWool/BestLamb and BetterBeef annual conference, which will be held in Bendigo on Thursday 16 June, why not view some past conference presentations that are relevant to this time of year?

The value of grazing weeds – Cam Nicholson
Weeds in pastures – are they valuable? In this presentation, Cam Nicholson discusses the main summer and winter weeds and their value (or not) to livestock. View the presentation on the Agriculture Victoria website.

Economics of autumn saving – Dr Andrew Whale
Andrew Whale, Livestock Logic, discusses the principles of autumn saving pastures, the results of on-farm demonstrations and how the economics stack up. View the presentation on the Agriculture Victoria website.

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Dr. Jeff Cave, Senior Veterinary Officer

With the new growth of pasture and the various supplementary feeds that could be given you could ask – why feed roughage?

Roughage will be needed this winter for any of the following reasons:

  • livestock require a minimum amount of fibre and long roughage to maintain their digestive systems, even though some roughage may be left uneaten. This is sometimes known as the “scratch factor” and stimulates rumination (cud chewing)
  • when moving livestock onto green pasture their rumen needs time to adjust to a new feed type
  • newly growing pasture may not have adequate fibre levels
  • it may be better to supplement stock, to allow the pasture to establish and develop
  • hungry cattle need to be prevented from gorging themselves on pastures that may have potential to cause nitrate poisoning or bloat
  • if feeding grain or pellets with too little roughage, acidosis or grain poisoning can occur
  • as we move further into winter, hay may be needed to reduce grass tetany risks and provide a way of administering Causmag.

Livestock need to eat more roughage in cold weather to give them energy for heat production.

Roughage in the diet helps keep livestock warm since the fermentation and breakdown of cellulose creates heat energy.

If they do not have enough roughage, the weight will melt off as they mine body fat to create energy for warmth.

Feed late in the afternoon to provide heat through the night.

So, there are a number of reasons why roughage may be needed this winter.

For further information please contact your local veterinarian or Agriculture Victoria animal health or extension officers on 136 186.

Visit Agriculture Victoria’s Feeding Livestock website for feed budgeting tools and calculators.

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Mallee farmers will now benefit from an update to the Bureau of Meteorology’s Climate Outlook Service which has resulted in the addition of new ‘chance of extreme’ outlooks to the multi-weekly and seasonal forecast website.

These are an output from the Forewarned is Forearmed project – a partnership of government, research organisations, and industry sectors, in-part funded through the Australian Government's Rural R&D for Profit Program.

The new forecasts respond to the growing need for information around extreme climate events; helping to build climate resilience and support informed decision-making.

The outlooks draw on the Bureau's upgraded climate model (ACCESS-S2) which is at the cutting edge of global seasonal forecasts.

The tools comprise maps and location-specific bar charts showing the chance of climate extremes in the forecast outlook.

Specifically, these indicate the chance of unusually warm/cool and dry/wet conditions for the weeks, months and seasons ahead.

The climate extremes used in these outlooks refer to the chances of being in the top / bottom 20 per cent of historical observations including:

  • the 'chance of extreme' maps and pop-up bar charts are available across Australia and are accessed via the left-hand menu on the climate outlooks interface, under the rainfall, maximum and minimum temperature sub-headings.
  • the bar charts are available for your local region by clicking on the map or using the search icon to type in a location.
  • accuracy, past climatology and explanatory information is also available on the website, including new pop-up information when you select a location or click on the maps.

For the past three years, Agriculture Victoria has contributed to the national project by gathering insights on hot, cold, wet and dry extreme forecasts from the new BoM ACCESS-S model and searching for improved ways to communicate these forecasts to farmers.

Stay tuned as webinars will be held by Agriculture Victoria to showcase these new tools. For more seasonal climate information, check out:

The Forewarned is Forearmed project is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as part of its Rural Research and Development for Profit program.

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Grants of up to $25,000 are available to help reimburse primary producers for clean-up and recovery activities as a direct result of the severe weather event on 9-11 June 2021.

The Exceptional Circumstances Recovery Grants can be used to cover activities including removing fallen trees, removing silt and debris, specialist support for landslip and erosion remediation. The support can also contribute to the cost of repairs or replacement of damaged farm infrastructure such as fencing and equipment.

Applications for grant assistance close on 31 May 2022.

To apply for a grant or to see if you are eligible, visit the Rural Finance website.

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An updated recovery guide is now available to help farmers rebuild and provide a one-stop reference to the support available. The guide includes steps to take immediately after the fire and for short-term recovery and longer-term rebuilding. It covers re-fencing, dealing with erosion and flooding, pasture recovery, pest and weed control and preparing for the next season.

The printed booklet is available from Agriculture Victoria, by contacting our agriculture recovery managers (details noted below) or phone 136 186 or digital version online.

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The Victorian and Commonwealth Government are supporting landholders impacted by fires and floods across Victoria.

For more information on bushfire recovery programs or recovery from floods/storm events, visit the Agriculture Victoria website or phone 136 186.

Regional Agriculture Victoria recovery managers;

  • North East – Kylie Macreadie 0428 975 728 or email
  • Gippsland – Darren Hickey 0457 609 140 or email.

Visit the Bushfire Recovery Victoria website or 1800 560 760.

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Rural Financial Counselling Service

The Rural Financial Counselling Service (RFCS) have an experienced team ready to assist primary producers and small rural business in recovery planning.

Financial counsellors can help develop financial forecasts and business plans required for lenders or investors, plus connect with support agencies and services.

RFCS provides free financial counselling to farmers and small related businesses who are in, or at risk of, financial hardship. They can also assist with filling in forms and grant applications.

For more information or to book an appointment call RFCS Gippsland on 1300 045 747 or RFCS North East on 1300 834 775.

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The Regional Weather and Climate Guides project is part of the Commonwealth Government Drought Assistance Package.

The project aims to improve the resilience of farming businesses by providing localised facts about the likelihood, severity, and duration of key weather variables in regions across the country.

The weather and climate information will be delivered through a set of guides corresponding to Australia's Natural Resource Management regions.

The project is a collaboration between the Bureau of Meteorology, the CSIRO, and FarmLink Research.

The guides have been developed in collaboration with representatives from each NRM region to ensure the information is tailored to the needs of local farmers and agribusinesses.

For more information visit the Bureau of Meteorology.

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Agriculture Victoria’s Ag Recovery Team can provide support to producers following the June storms and floods across Victoria.

There is Agriculture Recovery support available in each of the regions affected including Central and southwest Gippsland, Central Highlands, Macedon Ranges and Yarra Valley and surrounds, to provide support with issues in livestock, dairy, cropping, irrigation and horticulture.

Agriculture Victoria can offer technical advice on:

  • pasture recovery and grazing management
  • soil erosion management
  • animal health, nutrition and feed budgeting
  • whole farm planning
  • water quality, budgeting
  • farm water reticulation and dam management
  • farm business planning.

Producers and growers are encouraged to contact the Agriculture Victoria Agriculture Recovery Team on 0427 694 185 or email. For further storm/flood recovery information visit the Agriculture Victoria website.

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Feeding Livestock Website

For tools, calculators, resources and livestock feed planning guides, visit the website.

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Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) wool market review
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For weekly commentary on the wool market from AWI trade specialists, visit the website.

Market reports and prices
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Meat and Livestock Australia’s (MLA's) market information service provides producers with accurate, timely and independent market information, allowing them to make profitable business decisions.

For the latest cattle market reports, visit the MLA website.

AgVic Talk Podcast: listen now to the top rated episodes

AgVic Talk podcast series delivers knowledge and information in a format that suits the way farmers and agricultural professionals work and live today.

Latest episode: What does climate change mean for production? With Cam Nicholson.

For all things climate and farming listen to Agriculture Victoria's My Rain Gauge is Busted podcast series.

Latest episode: Spinning around with the Southern Annular Mode

AWI podcast - The Yarn No. 214

Wool supply and demand: the latest news from both ends

With the world in such uncertain times, it is nice to know that at least the national flock and national wool clips are steadily lifting.

New Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee Chairman Stephen Hill explains the latest figures but gives valuable insight into the strong underlying demand for Australian wool despite the headwinds of ongoing COVID lockdowns in China, significant logistical and therefore financial constraints to the very long wool supply chain.

Tune in to gain insights into what AWI and Woolmark are doing across research and development and marketing.

Listen to The Yarn podcast.

Follow AWI on social media for the latest on sheep and wool.

@Facebook, @Twitter and @Instagram

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The Fast Break Seasonal Climate Update

For the latest edition of The Fast Break - an update of seasonal climate drivers and outlooks.

The Fast Break details oceanic and atmospheric climate driver activity over the last month and summarises three month model predictions for the Pacific and Indian Oceans, rainfall and temperature for Victoria.

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Visit Agriculture Victoria’s website for the latest information and resources relating to livestock and animals.

Workshops and events

Agriculture Victoria is delivering workshops, farm walks and online information sessions. Visit the Agriculture Victoria website for a list of upcoming events.

Rural Financial Counselling Service

The RFCS provides free financial counselling to farmers and small related businesses who are in, or at risk of, financial hardship. Counsellors can also assist applicants to apply for the Farm Household Allowance (FHA).

For more information visit the RFCS website or contact your local recovery support officer by searching the RFCS online directory

National Centre for Farmer Health

The National Centre for Farmer Health (NCFH) provides health and safety education and advice to farmers and their families via the Online Ag Health program. 

For more information visit the National Centre for Farmer Health or contact Cecilia Fitzgerald on (03) 5551 8533

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