ABC NEWS – WA Country Hour – by Joanna Prendergast – “Sheep farmers across Australia have been trapping blowflies and posting them to Melbourne to help scientists create a vaccine to protect sheep against flystrike.
Blowflies laying eggs and subsequent maggot growth in sheep costs Australian wool growers $280 million each year in lost productivity and time. It can cause a slow and painful death if not treated and is regarded by the country’s peak woolgrower organisation as a significantly adverse state of animal welfare for sheep.”
STOCK & LAND – by Nathan Scott, Achieve Ag Solutions – “What is this strange world that we live in; where people tell us what we can and can’t do with our animals? Where people happily thrust upon us their expectations of us, in managing the welfare of livestock? Put simply, it is the modern world. One that the farming community needs to come to grips with. “
ABC NEWS – b Rhiannon Shine – “Tasmanians are bracing for heavy rain, strong winds, possible flooding and snow across Thursday and Friday.
Embed: Hobart’s BoM radar at Mt Koonya
Parts of southern and eastern Tasmania are expected to receive 30-60 millimetres of rainfall on Thursday, with the highest rainfall — up to 120mm — expected across eastern and central parts of the state on Friday.”
THE NARACOORTE HERALD – “Kybybolite wool grower Mark Kester has returned from a fact-finding trip to China confident of the country’s continued appetite for the Australian clip and excited about “game-changing” innovations in sports wool.
Mr Kester recently took part in a five-day educational tour to Shanghai and Beijing facilitated by Quality Wool, allowing him to witness first-hand the processing of the raw product he creates.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Victorian sheep studs are gearing up to open their gates to prospective and existing clients ahead of Sheep Week next month.
The event, which is in its second year, will be held from Monday, June 18, through to Wednesday, June 27.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – ” Rabobank’s latest agribusiness monthly report has some much-needed good news for farmers.
Chief executive of Rabobank Todd Charteris caught up with The Country’s Jamie Mackay to go over the report which contains a largely positive commodity outlook for the 2018-19 farming season.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Sally Cripps – “While numbers were down at the state sheep show in Blackall last weekend, new World Federation of Merino Breeders president, Will Roberts, said it was important to continue the promotion.”
RURAL LIFE – by Simon Hartley – “The struggling coarse wool sector is starting a global online sales platform like Fonterra’s fortnightly GlobalDairyTrade auction, having secured commitments of 6.5million kg of fibre for its first year of operation.
Coarse prices have recently been slowly coming off more 30-year lows.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “The enduring value of the jackaroo system was in the spotlight during the junior judging at the state sheep show at Blackall on the weekend.
Reilly Gall, Egelabra Merino Stud, NSW, was the winner of the Merino fleece young judges award, with Lach Munro, Barcaldine Down second and Matt Kelly, Haddon Rig, NSW third.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “FORECASTERS from several sites are predicting around 25mm of rain to fall in close proximity to Bathurst city this Saturday and early Sunday, and hopefully this won’t change as the week rolls on.”