FARM WEEKLY – by Stephanie Sinclair – “HE may only be 18-years-old but Ethan Harder has proven himself a threat to world sheep-shearing records, after mowing through 602 Merino lambs in eight hours two weeks ago.
According to the World Sheep Shearing Records Society, the official eight-hour solo shearing record for Merino lambs sits at 570, and was set in 2002 by Dwayne Black, Badgingarra.”
NZ FARMER – by Jon Morgan – “OPINION: Strong wool income for the year just ended doesn’t make for pleasant reading. For an average 8000-stock-unit sheep and beef business it is just over half that of the previous year, taking about $60,000 out of the bottom line.
Predictions for the year ahead aren’t any better at about $2-$2.50 a kg – although how anyone can reliably predict such a volatile industry beats me.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S superfine wool growers are being asked to consider supporting a ‘cease mulesing’ policy. Seven years after the passing of the industry’s ill-fated 2010 mulesing ban deadline, Sheep Central has been told the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association executive is canvassing membership support for a ‘cease mulesing’ clause in an animal welfare policy.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “THE waiting and the weighing is over and it’s all systems go for Hawke’s Bay shearer Rowland Smith, who will tackle the world solo eight-hour strong wool ewe shearing record in England today. The record will be live-streamed at https://agricamera.co.uk/sheep-shearing-live-stream/, officially starting at 7am in the UK, which is 6pm New Zealand time today or 4pm Australian Eastern Standard time.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “With last week being the first of the three week recess, the Eastern Market Indicator remains at 1,522 c/kg.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Shannon Twomey – “A NEW shearing program has allowed Craig Trickey to run a better Merino operation.
Mr Trickey, who is manager for the Coryule Merino stud at Willowvale, recently switched to shearing every eight months and said the results could not be better.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stephen Burns – ” Champion and reserve champion ram – Clarendon, Strathbogie; Champion and reserve champion ewe – Clarendon, Strathbogie. A dedicated supporter of the Shropshire breed, Marilyn Mangione, Clarendon stud, Strathbogie exhibited the champion ewe which went on to be judged supreme for the breed by judge James Bond, Turpoint, Cornwall, UK.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stephen Burns – “Champion and reserve champion ram – Woodhall, Wedderburn
Champion and reserve champion ewe – Woodhall, Wedderburn
Most successful exhibitor – Woodhall, Wedderburn
“They are a bit stronger than I expected,” James Bond, Turpoint, Cornwall, UK, said as he reviewed the championship classes of the Dorset Downs.”
THE HINDU – by ShriVyshnavi Annush – “A fashion show at the launch of Prozone, Coimbatore’s newest mall, saw designers Suket Dhir, Sahil Kochar and and Dhruv Vaish showcasing their innovative designs in merino wool. They were invited to do so by Arti Gudal, Country Manager, India, for The Woolmark Company.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stephen Burns – “Champion and reserve champion ram – Hallylulya, Heywood
Champion and reserve champion ewe – Hallylulya, Heywood – Most successful exhibitor – Hallylulya, Heywood. A lifetime dedication to one of the oldest Brtitish breeds continued to be rewarded when Des and Marilyn Stevens, Hallylulya Ryeland stud, Heywood were complimented by judge James Bond, Cornwall, UK, for the trueness to type of their sheep.”