Leadersheep at Young Beef Producers Forum

For the first time in its 14-year history, sheep were introduced to the program at the Young Beef Producers Forum held in Roma, Queensland, in November.

Speakers shared information and insights from agriculture and the agribusiness supply chain, encouraging attendees to “Step Up to the Plate” in their production, business and life.

Mecardo Managing Director Robert Herrmann challenged the audience on the topic, should sheep be considered as an option for pastoral zones?

He encouraged people to use data and wisdom to support their decisions, before sharing some detailed information on the big picture of the sheep industry. This included:

  • Global sheep meat demand is widespread and continues to grow, especially with increasing protein demand pending in the Asia Pacific region.
  • The global sheep flock is growing, with Australia and New Zealand having the ability to most likely impact the sheepmeat in the world, although NZ exports continue to decline.
  • Supply is tight, the sheep flock is low and female turnoff increased, so any increase in supply will be difficult.
  • Wool prices are good, although fine wool premiums are volatile and production dropped again this year due to drought.

Rob concluded by highlighting the challenges of running sheep, including unique management skills, labour and infrastructure required, as well as Queensland wild dog management. The opportunities available in the sheep industry come from the constrained global available sheepmeat supply and the strong wool consumer demand, combined with record low supply.

SPA was proud to sponsor the Sheep Session where 45 young producers heard from:

  • Rod Miler, Australian Wool Network, who showcased the Bale to Retail integrated manufacturing and marketing of high-quality branded product.
  • Young producers Jesse Moody and Tom Perkins, who shared their experience and analysis of sheep in their Cunnamulla and Dirranbandi grazing operations, including options to consider and how different enterprises stack up.


SPA's Melissa Neal with speakers and organisers of the YBPF Sheep Session.

SPA’s Melissa Neal with speakers and organisers of the YBPF Sheep Session.


The crowd at YBPF.

The crowd at YBPF.

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