Sheep feeding pay-off depends on timely rain

By Matt Dalgleishm, Mecardo
Updated March 8 2019 - 3:19am, first published March 2 2019 - 7:00pm
FIGURE 3: National mutton indicator. The red line indicates the break-even price of a 22 kilogram cwt sheep if feeding maintenance increases from now, against the National Mutton Indicator.

It’s all very well to say sheep are too cheap at the moment and prices are due to rise, but there are obviously costs in carrying sheep through the autumn in the hope of a timely break and grass growth before winter sets in.  

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