Stanley Vale Merino Stud - News & Views

Stock market swings fail to impact cattle market

07 February 2018

It has been a turbulent 48 hours on the US stock market with the Dow Jones Index collapsing 1,175 points (or 5%) on Monday, compounding its 666 point fall on Friday, before it recovered 567 points to finish Tuesday trading at 24,913 points (US time).

The market falls followed news on Friday that US non-farm payrolls (as discussed in What's driving the Australian dollar) in January were above expectations, triggering fears of inflation and a subsequent interest rate hike. Additionally, many investors also had concerns the US stock market had overheated following a spectacular run of growth throughout 2017. Despite all this, the Dow Jones Index is still currently trading above any level achieved prior to where it opened in 2018.

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It never rains but it pours: 2018 New England Field Day Report

Weaning at Stanley Vale, Jan 2018. Before 50mls of rain fell
It never rains but it pours..... by Author At least that's how it felt (both literally & figuratively) when the New England Merino Field Days rolled around again on 12th and 13th January. In the week leading up to field days not only were we busy weaning at Stanley Vale but we also had (a very welcome) 50mls of rain fall during prepara...
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Stanley Vale Xmas Gift Guide

Stanley Vale Xmas Gift Guide
​ With Christmas around the corner we have compiled a handy Xmas gift guide for those hard to buy for friends and family. The Fashionista​ What could possibly appeal to the fashionista more than the opportunity to oversee the design of their own outfit from farm to fabric to fashion? To bring this dream to life a Stanley Vale ram is the perfect Xma...
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Livestock Breeding and Genetics Forum set for Brisbane

19 December 2017

Technology, data, adoption and linking genetics to the prediction of consumer outcomes will be the focus of the Livestock Breeding and Genetics Forum to be held in Brisbane on 21 February 2018.
 
Organised by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the free, one-day forum is part of a stakeholder engagement initiative of the National Livestock Genetics Consortium (NLGC) and is open for all industry participants to attend.
 
The NLGC was established in October 2016 with the goal of delivering $400 million in industry improvements by doubling the rate of annual genetic gain in the commercial livestock industry value chain by 2022.
 
MLA General Manager – Producer Consultation & Adoption and NLGC Executive Officer, Michael Crowley, said the forum is designed to engage stakeholders, provide an update of the latest genetics research and development (R&D) investments and most importantly, seek collaboration around livestock genetics adoption and gather feedback on future investment priorities via an interactive workshop.
 
“The NLGC was developed after considerable industry consultation to provide increased collaboration, communication and investment in the livestock genetics sector,” Mr Crowley said.
 
“The NLGC is a stakeholder driven process and the forum is an ideal event to bring together all stakeholders from throughout the value chain who have an interest in improving genetic gains in the livestock industry. This includes commercial and seedstock producers, extension and service providers, lot feeders, processors, brand owners, supply chain participants and the scientific community.
 
“One of the key aims of the NLGC is to coordinate research, reduce timelines and costs ensuring delivery of world leading genetic improvement.
 
“The NLGC has already started on that path through its annual project call process. To date there have been three project calls to address the NLGC’s strategic priorities, with over 30 projects being endorsed for funding, resulting in $30 million of new investment, totaling $80 million of current project investment.
 
“Attendees at the forum can hear about the current investments in livestock genetics, and how this is shaping the future of genetics, along with providing the opportunity to provide feedback and prioritise the direction of future investments to increase the adoption of genetic tools and technology in the livestock sector.”
 
The forum will see key speakers from research organisations and the value chain cover topics across:

Disruptive technology: Tom Bull, Professor Ben Hayes and Dr Rob Banks Accessible Data platform: Andrew Skinner, Dr Rod Polkinghorne and Andrew Cooke Linking genetics to the end product and consumer: Jason Strong, Tom Maguire and Dr Alex Ball Culture change and adoption: Associate Professor Ruth Nettle, MLA’s David Packer and Dr Sam Bucculo.  

The Livestock Breeding and Genetics Forum will be held from 8.30am to 5pm at Hall C, Royal International Convention Centre, 600 Gregory Terrace, Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, also known as the Ekka grounds.
 
The event is free, but registration is essential for catering purposes.
 
To register for the forum, click here.

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Happy 93rd Birthday Kevin.

Happy 93rd Birthday Kevin.
Nothing, not even Thursday being his 93rd birthday, was going to stop Kevin Bower from being in the shed while the weaners were being shorn this week. Tim, Kevin's son, has been known to say: "Dad's never retired, just slowed down a little" From a young age Kevin worked along side his father, Fred, brothers Frank & Jack and ...
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Stanley Vale 2017 Main Shearing

Stanley Vale 2017 Main Shearing
The main shearing at Stanley Vale is always a busy couple of weeks. It's also a very rewarding time as well. Watching the wool come of the sheep and the shed beginning to fill with pressed wool bales represents the fruits of a year's worth of planning, management and caring for our sheep. Shearing is also a great opportunity to look at how the gene...
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Leading Breeder Videos available online now

The videos from the 2017 Leading Breeder conference held in Melbourne at the start of March are available now.

You can access the presentations via the playlist below. For further information on the Agenda and a copy of the proceedings please click on the following link.

http://www.sheepgenetics.org.au/Updates/Leading-Breeder/Leading-Breeder-2017

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Successful Sydney show auction for Stanley Vale

Successful Sydney show auction for Stanley Vale
Although Stanley Vale didn't exhibit sheep or wool at the 2017 Sydney Royal Easter Show we put some wool forward for the auction & headed down to Sydney for a couple of days R&R. Having the wool sale at the showgrounds instead of out at Yenora is a new Easter show tradition and makes for a great atmposhere. The fine hoggets line we put up t...
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Well-grown stud sire seeking female/s. Are ewe the one?

Well-grown stud sire seeking female/s. Are ewe the one?
​With Valentine's Day around the corner we thought we'd catch-up with one of the eligible bachelors currently calling Stanley Vale home. With Tim & Dom both happily married we headed out to the ram paddock to try our luck there. Ned: Woof! Hi there Stan think you could tell us a little bit about yourself? Stan: Well I'm a well-grown Merino ram ...
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Stanley Vale 2017 Sale

Stanley Vale 2017 Sale
​After 1.5mm and a fog overnight the sun shone through before the start of Stanley Vale's Annual On-Property Sale. The top priced ram, a March shorn 4 tooth, sold for $2600 to new client, Ian Green, Greenwood, Yass. The second priced ram, Lot 2, reached $2400 selling to long time clients Don and Robyn Edwards at Muswell Hill, Kentucky. Harglen Past...
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