SHEEP CENTRAL – “Tropical cyclone Marcus produced moderate to heavy falls in the Top End in the Northern Territory; also in the north Kimberley in Western Australia. A cold front produced widespread rainfall and isolated thunderstorms in western Tasmania.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – ” About 170 people took part in a two-day self-drive tour visiting eight merino studs in Central Otago earlier this month.
The tour was held in conjunction with the Otago Merino Association Awards, which were announced at a formal dinner in Alexandra on March 16.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “Two current World champions have confirmed they will be competing in the shearing sports at the 175th anniversary Royal Easter Show in Auckland this weekend.
The two are Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick and South Island-based Gisborne woolhandler Joel Henare, who won their respective World individual titles at the 40th anniversary World shearing and woolhandling championships in Invercargill in February last year.”
ABC NEWS – NSW Country Hour – by David Claughton, Michael Condon, Ashlee Charlton – “The New South Wales Government has committed $475,000 to improve the Q fever vaccine and raise awareness of the condition.
Q fever is a bacterial infection spread to humans from animals including cattle, sheep, goats, kangaroos, feral pigs, cats and dogs.”
AGRILAND – by Rachel Martin – “A new approach to marketing Ulster’s wool could help turn the tables on more than 20 years of designers veering towards harder, man-made materials.
In a bid for consumers to move away from hard interiors, Ulster Wool chairman Ian Buchanan explained that British Wool’s newly named Northern Ireland arm – Ulster Wool – is keen to work with architects and designers to promote natural wool carpets in hotels and casinos.”
ABC NEWS – SA Country hour – by Jemima Burt – “When pastoralist Grant Burge heard that he could donate wool to be used in the Australia’s cricket teams’ iconic Baggy Green cap, he did not hesitate.
“The baggy green is a cap that’s quite unique. It’s a bit of an icon,” Mr Burge said.”
BOOROWA NEWS – “Brad and Maria Cartwright of “Kempton” Crookwell have been awarded the third Annual Southern Tablelands Flock Ewe Champion with their Thalabah bloodline maiden Merino ewes.
Brad and Maria take home $1000 from major sponsors ANZ Agribusiness and NSW Stud Merino Breeders Association as well as $550 worth of wool testing from Southern Tablelands Fibre Testing.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook, Rural Reporter – “An unusually hot and humid summer in the North Island has stained wool yellow, making it harder to sell and leading to lower prices.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – Will Chaffey, Elders district wool manager – “Week commencing 26/3/2018
Rallying 27 cents in the two days of trade last week, the Eastern Market Indicator found support levels and now sits at 1,778c/kg.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Taylor Jurd – “Two western NSW students from TAFE NSW Harry Kemp and Lena Price are competing this week in the Australian Wool Exchange National Woolclassing Competition at Sydney.”