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Positive Momentum in Livestock Markets Signals Bright Start to 2024

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Positive Momentum in Livestock Markets Signals Bright Start to 2024

 

As 2024 unfolds, encouraging signs emerge in both cattle and sheep livestock markets, setting a positive tone after the Christmas break.

Key Points:

  • Both cattle and sheep markets experience an upswing.
  • Positive weaner sales contribute to the buoyancy, particularly in Victoria.
  • Processor demand drives robust lamb market.

Cattle: The outlook for the year begins on a robust note, with cattle prices witnessing a significant surge in recent months. This upswing is attributed to the current phase where calves born in winter and early spring enter the market. As these calves’ transition into yearlings, the demand for weaners reaches its zenith. The restocker yearling steer indicator, reflecting this trend, rises by 56¢ to 366¢/kg live weight (lwt) over the past month.

The focus on weaner sales in Victoria contributes to the positive momentum in cattle prices. Market reports from the National Livestock Reporting Service (NLRS) indicate steady bidding at Wodonga, with buyers exhibiting price sensitivity. Quality also plays a role, with price premiums observed in weaned steer calves over 400kg, while calves under 280kg lwt maintain their market presence.

Positive momentum in Livestock Markets

As 2024 unfolds, encouraging signs emerge in both cattle and sheep markets, setting a positive tone after the Christmas break.

Sheep: The sheep market demonstrates remarkable strength, with prices nearly returning to early 2023 levels for both trade lamb and light lamb indicators. The trade lamb indicator records a substantial increase of 134¢, reaching 774¢/kg carcase weight (cwt). Wagga experiences a surge in prices for trade and light lambs, rising by $15-30/head, driven by heightened demand from processors and supermarkets positioning for the new year.

Hamilton saleyard prices in the first week of 2024 reflect an increase of $15-20/head, although a slight softening of $5-15/head is noted in the subsequent week. The market remains robust, supported by interest from restockers and lot feeders. Quality yardings, mainly comprising trade weight lambs with a smaller offering of heavyweights and export sheep, maintain a healthy balance of supply and demand, contributing to the market’s overall strength.

 

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Two additional men charged over alleged conspiracy to murder plot – Strike Force Barralier

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Two additional men charged over alleged conspiracy to murder plot – Strike Force Barralier

 

Organised Crime Squad detectives have charged an additional two men over an alleged murder plot under Strike Force Barralier.

Strike Force Barralier was established in December 2023 by State Crime Command’s Organised Crime Squad to investigate an alleged conspiracy to murder a man residing in the Sydney metropolitan area.

Investigations identified a group of men as allegedly being involved in a plot to murder the 30-year-old.

Three have already been charged and remain before the courts.

Following further inquiries, about 10am today (Tuesday 9 April 2024), strike force detectives travelled to Coffs Harbour Police Station where two men – aged 27 and 29 – were transferred from a correctional centre in Clarence.

The younger man was charged with conspire and agree to murder any person, and knowingly/recklessly direct criminal group assist crime.

The older man was charged with conspire and agreed to murder any person and participate criminal group contribute criminal activity.

Both men were refused bail to appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court today.

Anyone with information that may assist investigators is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or visit here. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report information via NSW Police social media pages.

 

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F-35A LIGHTNING II AIRCRAFT TO FAREWELL COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT AFTER COMPLETING REPAIRS

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F-35A LIGHTNING II AIRCRAFT TO FAREWELL COFFS HARBOUR AIRPORT AFTER COMPLETING REPAIRS

 

A Royal Australian Air Force F-35A Lightning II aircraft will return to RAAF Base Williamtown following a short stay at Coffs Harbour Airport whilst undergoing repairs following a diversion.

The aircraft was participating in a Royal Australian Air Force training activity over the ocean off the NSW coast when it diverted to Coffs Harbour airport following an in-flight technical issue.

RAAF technicians have conducted repair works at the airport to ensure the aircraft was serviceable as soon as possible.

Residents are advised that an engine-run will be conducted at 2pm prior to the aircraft’s departure to ensure it is safe to return home to RAAF Base Williamtown.

Elevated noise levels will be associated with the engine-run activity, which is required prior to confirming the aircraft’s readiness for departure.

Strict security protocols are in place to safeguard the F-35A Lightning II aircraft whilst undergoing repairs.

The Royal Australian Air Force would like to thank Coffs Harbour Airport for their hospitality, and the local community for their ongoing support.

 

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New Ballina youth festival – Thrillfest – announced for Youth Week

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New Ballina youth festival – Thrillfest – announced for Youth Week

 

A new youth festival, Thrillfest, will be held in Ballina for the first time during Youth Week, featuring a battle-of-the-bands, skateboarding workshops, and football drills – and free buses will ferry young people to the events.

The Ballina Youth Network is organising Thrillfest, and the not-for-profit organisation Social Futures is part of that network. The festival will be held on April 16, from 11am, at Missingham Park, Ballina with the support of Rotary Ballina, Cherry Street Sports Club, Ballina Shire Council, Hartley’s Fruit Shop and Ballina Buslines.

Social Futures Children Youth and Families Manager, Kiara McBeath said the Thrillfest lineup was a testament to the diverse interests and skills of the region’s young people.

“Thrillfest festivities kick off with the Battle of the Bands, where aspiring musicians will hit the stage to compete for amazing prizes,” Ms McBeath said. “Get ready to cheer for your favourites and witness the birth of the next big thing in music.

“You can also grab a board and join a skateboarding workshop run by Truckstop Skate School. It doesn’t matter if you’re a seasoned skater or just starting, the Truckstop experts will guide you through techniques and tricks that’ll have you owning the pavement in no time.

“And for the sports enthusiasts, join in on our lively footy drills – a chance to show off your skills and maybe even learn a few new ones.

“The day is all about celebrating young people and their immense talents – from music to skateboarding to sport. And of course, it’s all about having fun!”

There will also be interactive games, and a free BBQ lunch.

“In an effort to make Thrillfest accessible to every teen in Ballina, there will be free transport on the day,” Ms McBeath said.

“Every bus network in Ballina is supporting this event by offering free transport to Tamar Street all day long for young people,” Ms McBeath said.

“Join us for an unforgettable day of fun, friendship, and fanciful feats. Ballina’s youth are the heartbeat of our community, and Thrillfest is here to celebrate that energy and creativity.”

National Youth Week, April 11-24, is a week-long celebration of the contribution that young people make to Australia. It is a joint initiative of the Australian, State and Territory Governments. Each year, all over Australia, events are planned and organised to celebrate and recognise the contribution of young people.

 

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