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.”
FARMING UK – “The brother of a Cornish farmer, a New Zealander, has beaten the world record for the number of sheep sheared in an 8 hour period.
30-year-old New Zealander Rowland Smith took on the ‘Eight Hour Ewe World Shearing Record’ yesterday (24 July).
He sheared 644 sheep from four farms in Devon and Cornwall in two-hour periods between 7am and 5pm.”
AGRILAND (Ireland) – by Conor Finnerty – “A New Zealander has smashed the world record for the number of ewes sheared in the space of eight hours at a farm in the UK.
Rowland Smith claimed the ‘Eight Hour Ewe World Shearing Record’ at Trefranck Farm, St Clether in Cornwall.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “AFTER a run of historical highs for the sheep and wool industry prices have started to soften.
A climbing Australian dollar affected export weight lambs at the Wagga market on Thursday morning and the dry weather was enough to spread caution among restockers who were sourcing store stock.”
VOGUE – by Sujata Assomull – “It was a double win for India at the regional round for India, Pakistan and the Middle East at the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) held in Dubai last night.”
CORNISH & DEVON POST – by THE POST in LOCAL PEOPLE – “CHAMPION shearer, Rowland Smith, clipped his way into the world record books by conquering the ‘Eight Hour Ewe World Shearing Record’.
A record attempt of this type is an extremely demanding challenge and involved Rowland, a 30-year-old shearer from New Zealand, beginning his shearing marathon on Monday at 7am for two hours, followed by a further three runs each of two hours.”
THE GUYRA ARGUS – by Rachel Baxter – “The future of farming was in focus at the NSW Farmers’ annual conference in Sydney last week.
Local farmer Callan Schaefer attended the meet for the first time and said he was pleased with an announcement of six new Young Farmer Branches – with one set for the New England.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand shearer Rowland Smith has broken the world eight hour strong wool shearing record by almost 40 sheep. shearing 644 to beat the former top tally of 605 ewes in four two-hour runs.”
THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER – “In the previous article I talked about the North of the electorate and we got to Guyra. Let’s now continue our journey through the centre of the Electorate.”