GLACIER HUB – by Nabilah Islam – “Sheep provide the people of Tamang with food, dairy products for medicinal and cosmetic products, and wool for clothing and other necessities. Wool plays an essential role in Tamang culture. It is often used for making traditional clothing, beds, blankets, carpets, and rugs. Family members and neighbors borrow and exchange woolen products, bolstering livelihoods and enriching connections among the Tamang community.”
RURAL LIFE – by Yvonne O’Hara – “Recent increases in crossbred wool prices are good news for southern farmers, but the price is likely to return to its previous lows in the next few months, reports Yvonne O’Hara.”
BUSINESS NEWS AUSTRALIA – By Matt Ogg – “For many small businesses a high-profile defence contract would be like hitting the jackpot, but for woollen apparel manufacturer Merino Country it was a stepping stone to greater things.”
BAROSSA HERALD – by Kim Chappell – “Farm commodities forecaster Agricultural Bureau of Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has released its forecasts for the Australian agricultural industry as part of the Outlook conference in Canberra today.”
WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE – by Doug Laing – “Wairarapa had one of its biggest successes in the 59 years of the Golden Shears when Masterton shearer and contractor Paerata Abraham won the national shearing circuit final on Saturday night.
Still without a Wairarapa Golden Shears Open Championship winner, the acclaim of the crowd in the packed Masterton War Memorial Stadium was more than understandable.”
KIOWA COUNTY PRESS (US) – by Feature Staff Special – “Facts about Wool Production – The world’s biggest producer of wool is Australia, exporting nearly 25% of the world’s supply. The U.S. has always been a top contender, and Colorado especially has taken advantage of the growing value of wool.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP meat and beef producers in New South Wales’ Monaro region will get tips on improving farm productivity at a free Meat & Livestock Australia workshop at Nimmitabel next week.
The ‘Improving Your Farm Productivity’ workshop on Tuesday 12 March will provide producers with insights from three different courses offered under MLA’s Profitable Grazing Systems (PGS) program.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – Agriculture Victoria – “A SWAN Hill sheep farm has been quarantined after the bacterial disease anthrax was confirmed in the flock by authorities.
Victoria’s acting chief veterinary officer Dr Cameron Bell said quarantine notices had been put in place until the necessary biosecurity requirements, including carcase disposal and site disinfection, were completed.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S farm production is expected to decline by 4pc to $58 billion in 2018-19 and tough decisions were needed to lift this to $100 billion by 2030, the ABARES Outlook 2019 conference in Canberra was told today.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Kristen Frost – “Senior government agricultural economists have forecast the recent solid climb in wool prices will suffer a loss of traction, with a declining eastern market indicator (EMI) forecast for the 2019-20 selling season.”