We took a flashback to May 2009 to see the faces and stories making news in Stock & Land at that time.
Emissions scheme: MEAT and dairy processors will still pay tens of millions of dollars in taxes under the Federal Government's re-jigged emissions trading scheme (ETS).
And farmers will be devastated if drastic changes aren't made to legislation the government plans to introduce as early as next week.
While the government has bowed to pressure to delay the start of its ETS until 2011, it still wants to legislate for the scheme before Parliament rises for the winter break at the end of June and will not be making any fundamental changes to its scheme's design.
On Monday, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, along with Treasurer Wayne Swan and Climate Change Minister Penny Wong, announced a 12-month delay to the start of the scheme, along with new targets and fixed price measures to help ease in the new package.
Wool news: THE wool market reached a six month high last week after the eastern market indicator (EMI) lifted 33 cents, closing the week at 823c/kilogram.
The EMI has not been quoted higher than this since mid October 2008. Fine to medium micron categories made good gains in both the north and the south, generally lifting 20-50c.
The 19 to 23 micron categories offered in the west also made gains between 20-50c.
Sheep prices: DESPITE useful rain in the week preceding, prices for breeding ewes remained unchanged at the Wycheproof monthly store sheep sale last Friday where a small penning of 5000 head was offered.
Prices paid for 08-drop joined crossbred ewes varied from $94-$130, while pens of same age unjoined ewe lambs made $82-$97.
Auctioneer Kevin Thompson said the market for crossbreds, which he rated about the same as the previous market, was flat and was "not expected to improve until feed in paddocks gets away".