Price competitiveness and transparency is vital to WA sheep industry | Sheep Central

SHEEP and lamb price competitiveness and transparency with the eastern states is vital to the future of Western Australia’s sheep meat and wool industry, according to WAFarmers livestock executive officer Kim Haywood.

Ms Haywood this week said a report exploring Australian sheep market structures and systems has acknowledged the significant price differences paid by meat processors in Western Australia for mutton, lamb and skins, when compared to prices paid in the eastern states.

The WAFarmers officer also highlighted to Sheep Central the role the WA-eastern states sheep and lamb price disparities played in WA flock retention and growth following increased west-to-east stock movements in recent months.

The Sheepmeat Market Structures and Systems Investigation report, released by Sheep Producers Australia, clearly identified that trade lamb and skin values are considerably lower than other states, and have been so for many years, she said.

“The report identified that prices paid in WA for trade lambs were consistently below prices paid at peak times for trade lambs in the southern eastern states, with a 10 to 20 percent price lift compared to 20 to 60pc price lift in southern eastern states,” she said.

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Price competitiveness and transparency is vital to WA sheep industry – Sheep Central.