NAMOI VALLEY INDEPENDENT – “The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) has revised its forecast of shorn wool production for the 2017/18 season.
The committee’s final estimate of 340 million kilograms greasy of shorn wool for the 2016/17 season will increase by 1.4 per cent as production is to now set to go upwards to 345 million kilograms greasy.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “SHEEP Week will be returning for its second year in 2018, after a successful first year, and the event is expanding.”
GOONDIWINDI ARGUS – by Billy Jupp – “RECORD lamb prices at December markets have filled local lamb producers with confidence leading into 2018.
The market finished 2017 in a strong position with lamb reaching $7 a kilogram (carcase weight) in some parts of the state.
Breeza Plains sheep farmer Sarah Sulman said current lamb prices were very pleasing.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “It was a dry end to 2017 and all indications are for a warm start to 2018 for the agricultural sector in Victoria. Temperatures in much of the state are forecast to rise above 35 later this week and reach into the 40s on Saturday, including centres such as Mildura (43), Shepparton (41) and Albury-Wodonga (40).”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “FAR from being rouseabout or shearing hand, this little fellow is well and truly shed supervisor — and Sarah Richards thought Back Paddock might appreciate this picture…”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sarah Hudson – “TELL most farmers their property is of national significance for its native vegetation and it will likely be seen as a threat to production.
Not Tasmanian Merino sheep farmer Simon Cameron, though.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “It is said that if you pay peanuts, you get monkeys, but how many peanuts are levy and tax payers contributing to the executive and board members of our research organisations?
Finding the numbers is not straightforward. Of the five agricultural research and development corporations (RDC) examined by Fairfax Ag Media, none reported both board and executive pay up-front in annual reports, although all bodies did respond to enquiries.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “The Woolmark Company in collaboration with Mumbai-based Shoppers Stop Limited focused on Australian merino wool at WoolFest 2017. As part of the Grown in Australia, Made in India campaign that highlights the farm to fashion journey of wool, WoolFest encouraged the use and integration of merino wool as a trans-seasonal fibre into the daily wardrobe.”
STUFF – BUSINESS DAY – by Michael Wright – “Garth Carnaby has unfinished business.
Forty years after the Canterbury scientist first entered the New Zealand wool industry, he has returned, hoping to find new uses for an unloved commodity.
He stepped back from wool in the early 2000s, when things got really bad, and into the world of science and business administration, forging a second career that has seen him appointed a Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit for his service to science and governance in the New Year Honours.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mike Foley – “PROPONENTS of regional reform would move as many of our public institutions from Canberra and other capital cities to the bush as practicable.
A champion of the cause is Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. He got the ball rolling as Agriculture Minister, moving the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority into his electorate at Armidale.”