OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Nicole Sharp – “Combs are flying in New Zealand and across the Tasman as the shearing competition season enters full swing.
Across the Ditch, Winton shearer Troy Pyper teamed up with Hawke’s Bay shearers Rowland Smith and Johnny Kirkpatrick in the machine-shearing event at the Australian National Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Bendigo at the weekend.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “STORE sheep prices rises are impressive, but not surprising.
Buyers are not shocked by the size of the cheque needed to secure replacement females in a diminished ewe flock, as sheep industry returns continue to rise.
Young first-cross ewe pens broke the $300 barrier three times at the Corowa, NSW, sale last week, peaking at $314.”
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Woodford’s “Killmery” Romney stud won the Kevin Ludeman Memorial Sheep of the Show sash at this year’s Warrnambool show.
Killmery’s principal Jim Bligh won the top accolade with a one and half year old Romney ram.
There were 75 entries covering four breeds from 11 exhibitors in the show’s sheep competition this year.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A complex low pressure system produced storms and moderate falls in eastern New South Wales, while surface troughs across northern and eastern Australia generated showers and thunderstorms throughout the week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW ZEALAND shearers have scored a near-clean sweep at Australia’s top crossbred shearing competition at Warrnambool in Victoria, but failed in the trans-Tasman teams event.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “PEAK grower body WoolProducers Australia is urging all Australian Wool Innovation shareholders to personally vote in this year’s AWI director elections and not appoint any proxies for the November 17 ballot.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S peak wool broker body has refuted Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman’s claim that its members unanimously agree AWI’s proposed Wool Exchange Portal should proceed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff and Natalie Kotsios – “AN AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation director has broken ranks to criticise an “unprecedented” letter from chairman Wal Merriman recommending how growers should vote at an upcoming board election.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “LONGER term wool contracts are offering growers sustainability past current market highs.
Eighteen months into the Reda Future Project, the 150 year-old Italian wool mill hopes that despite a sharp increase in fine wool prices at auction, Australian woolgrowers will continue to partner with them.”
PORT LINCOLN TIMES – by Vanessa Binks – “COLLANDRA’S 38th annual on-property auction at Tumby Bay in September attracted loyal local buyers of up to 40 years, with the stud’s medium wool genetics snapped up in a full clearance.
The sale average was up $475 on last year’s auction, averaging $1500 for the 50 merino lots on offer.”