SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S superfine wool growers are for the first time being offered contract premiums for non-mulesed traditional-style wool of up to 400c/kg-plus clean above current market indicators.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Rodney Woods – “With the highest ever number of retail sites, fierce competition, record prices paid for stud stock and high visitor numbers, the 2017 Australian Sheep & Wool Show in Bendigo reflected continuing market confidence.”
NZ FARMER – by Kate Taylor – “A Central Hawke’s Bay farmer has moved away from his dual purpose roots to breed stud sheep focused on meat production. He talks to Kate Taylor.”
ABC NEWS – by Eric Barker – “With few wool producers left in the outback town of Hughenden, a shearing display has been offering tourists a glimpse of the once flourishing industry.
Local shearer Warren Wall has been using a fold-out shearing stand in a park in the middle of town to shear a small mob of sheep and educate people about the town’s history.
Mr Wall said it was important the town preserved its historical wool industry.”
STOCK & LAND – by Erin Witmitz and Laura Griffin – “Zack Currie has loved wool from the first time he worked with it and he is excited about the career opportunities in the industry, especially for young people.
The 19 year-old is a wool buyer with the Australian Wool Network (AWN) at Horsham. Since he started there as a trainee last January, he missed working in shearing sheds so entered wool handling competitions throughout the state.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOL prices appear to have defied any negative impact of the sharp rising Australian dollar with record forward trades being secured during the current winter recess.
With supply low and demand high from export buyers, forward trades reached 1755 cents a kilogram clean for 19-micron class in September, and 1505-1525c/kg for 21m for August.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SAM Lyne isn’t the type of farmer who selects enterprises on tradition.
Nor does personal preference play any substantial role.
Sam, who farms at Campbell Town in Tasmania, makes decisions on profitability and market diversity.”
STOCK & LAND – by Steff Wills – “COMPETITION SPARKS INNOVATION
EVERY year, the Sheepvention’s inventions competition stimulates the invention, manufacture and display of new items and equipment that will be of benefit to the sheep and wool industry and agriculture in general.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “After entering the competition for five years, Adam Bennett has topped the Victorian Stud Merino Sheepbreeders’ Association’s junior judging state final.
The 17 year-old said the field of 17 young judges had to put four ewes in order from the best to the worst.”
WELLINGTON TIMES – “Cold wintry weather continues with only .5mm of rain last Wednesday and heavy frosts on every second day. Pipes are still blocking and causing some havoc with pumps not running.
The weather is certainly affecting markets with large numbers being sent to Dubbo in both sheep and cattle.”