Victorian Merino breeder Ricky Luhrs says the consistent money for sheep producers is in protein, rather than exclusive wool production.
WA woolgrower Andrew Scanlon has done the math and says his Merino gross margin beats that of meat sheep breeds.
Queensland's last small stock export processor is hoping western Queensland graziers are fair dinkum about using their exclusion fences to boost sheep numbers when the season recovers.
Malcolm Kater, chairman of Egelabra stud, Warren, says too many sheep handlers at Merino shows look "daggy".
It was another record breaking week at the Edenhope saleyards, with the highest price ever, $174, paid for first cross wether lambs.
Well presented first cross wether lambs made good money at Edenhope yesterday, with the top price $174.