THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – Countryman – “Relevant information to tackle the difficult sheep breeding challenge was presented at the Merino Lifetime Productivity project field day at Pingelly last week.
Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association executive officer Ben Swain said lifetime data of progeny from diverse environments, genetics and Merino types, would increase from its present 500 lamb records to 25,000 on completion.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – Countryman – “Now in its third year, the 10-year, $13 million national Merino Lifetime Productivity project, designed to capture lifetime data, was on show at the Pingelly MLP site last week when 80 visitors were given an insight into its workings.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – Countryman – “Australia’s Agriculture Minister David Littleproud has welcomed Prince Charles’ vocal support for wool.
The Prince of Wales was interviewed for the April fashion edition of Australian Financial Magazine, ahead of his 16th royal tour of Australia this month.”
HERALD LIVE – “Although the wool market has lost some momentum over the past few weeks, pushing the indicators of both South Africa and Australia down, there is optimism prices will improve.
The Cape Wools Merino Indicator has now dropped to below the opening level of the season but is still above levels achieved at the same time last season.”
EDIE.NET NEWSROOM – “A New Zealand-based outdoor apparel company’s attempt to disrupt the industry by reducing plastic synthetics has been highlighted through its first Transparency report, which provides complete disclosure into supply chain contracts, living wage commitments and edible packaging innovations.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Kane Chatfield – “SIRE evaluation trials continue to gather interest if the crowd that turned out to the Merino Lifetime Productivity (MLP) Field Day at West Pingelly last week is anything to go by.
It was the second annual field day held at University of Western Australia’s (UWA) Ridgefield property and gave attendees the opportunity to view the ewe progeny groups and their results to date and speak with the site’s committee members, sire breeders and industry connections.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – Countryman – “Sheep Genetics’ new DNA flock profile could potentially take the guesswork out of selecting the best breeding ewes.
The technology has been designed to benchmark a ewe flock against a reference population, backed by genomic breeding values.”
NZ HERALD – The Country – “Pagan Karauria believes it is mental training that has helped her perform so well on the competitive woolhandling circuit this season.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Peter Hemphill – “IT’S shear delight for Australia’s wool producers. Farm cash income for the wool sector is tipped to be the highest in two decades and 35 per cent higher than last year, according to Rural Bank’s annual review of the wool industry.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “EASTER has come and gone with dismal dry weather conditions heading into April.
There are a few pockets that have benefited from storms but by and large the Central Tablelands has reached crisis point and decisions for livestock management must be made within weeks.”