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LAMB and sheep are continuing to re-
turn good results for producers as prices
for both the meat and wool markets con-
tinue to improve.
Woodside sheep farmer Fergus Irving said
prices for lamb, mutton and wool were as high
as he had ever seen them.
“We sold wethers in December, which sold
incredibly well I thought and our store lambs
sold well too.
“A lot of Australia was dry for a lot of last
year and sheep were sold off earlier which
caused a bit of a shortage of supply, which
might have pushed the price up a bit.”
Mr Irving said sheep prices have been good
for a few years now.
“I am hopeful it will continue, but I expect
it is unlikely to keep up at very high prices. It is
very pleasant and I will enjoy it while it lasts,”
“I guess people must be eating lamb.”
Greg Tuckett from Elders Yarram said current
returns for both the wool and meat industries
were nothing but good news for producers.
He said there had never been an industry be-
sieged for lack of profit for as long as the wool
“To see a recovery for the people who had the
stamina to stay in it is just fantastic,” he said.
“They had 20 something years where they
probably lost money and the industry was not
“For them to be repaid now is justice.”
Adrian Nuttal from Australian Wool Net-
work in Yarram said in the first selling week
back after the New Year, 53,000 bales of wool
were offered to the trade.
“The clearance rate was 98 per cent, due to
more increased pricing. It opened up 50 to 100
SOMETHING exciting is going to hap-
pen in Leongatha in May, 2018.
The South Gippsland Citizens Advice Bu-
reau (CAB) is celebrating it’s 40th Anniver-
sary of operation in Leongatha. The CAB is
trying to locate volunteers who have partici-
pated in the work of the CAB over the past
“Many names and addresses have been lost.
If you are, or you know anyone who has been in-
volved with the CAB, please contact the CAB on
5662 2111 or ring Jill Widmer 5674 3910 and an
invitation will be posted to you,” Mrs Widmer
Over the years the CAB, located in the Me-
morial Hall Complex, Leongatha, has assisted
many thousands of clients to a free and confi-
dential information and referral service. This cel-
ebration is to take the form of a special luncheon
at the Dakers Centre, Leongatha, and names and
addresses are required to post invitations to any-
one who has participated in this great community
Ready to celebrate: the organising commit-
tee of the South Gippsland Citizens Advice
Bureau 40th anniversary celebration (from
left) Shirley Reeves, Jill Widmer, Jackie
Horobin and Nick Peck are trying to locate
former volunteers who have worked at the
Bureau over the past 40 years.
Looking for past volunteers
Sheep and wool taking off
Counting sheep: Rosemary and Fergus Irving on their farm Tramore, at Woodside are
pleased to see returns improving for sheep farmers for both meat and wool.
cents dearer than it left off last year,” he said.
“Some of the finer microns have reached
their highest recorded levels.”
Mr Nuttal said there was “no logical reason”
for the prices to change in the immediate future.
“It is looking pretty good for wool growers
at the moment,” he said.
Mr Tuckett said meat prices were also doing
well, with prices spiking at around $7 per ki-
logram carcase weight (cwt) for lamb between
Christmas and New Year.
“That was absolutely phenomenal,” he said.
Depleted flock numbers nationally and
growing demand for product from traditional
and emerging markets meant Mr Tuckett was
confident prices would remain high throughout
autumn and into winter.
He said mutton, or older sheep continued to
perform consistently, achieving around $4.60
per kilogram cwt.
“We spent decades where these old sheep
were regarded as a by product and disposed of
accordingly, with many sheep with no commer-
cial value shot on farm,” he said.
“We now get $60 to $70 a head for those
sheep that were making as little as $2 in the
90s. These sheep have appreciated the most in
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