HERALD SUN – by Ed Gannon – “AUSTRALIA was built on the sheep’s back. How often have you heard that old chestnut?
It’s a phrase that harks back 60 years or more, when Britain was our most important trading partner, and Western District farmers were reputedly driving around paddocks in Rolls-Royces (probably not true, but it paints a great picture).”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sarah Hudson – “AS A female shearer, taking on the blokes is often the least of Leearna Cook’s concerns. Weighing in at about 55kg and measuring “five foot nothing” the 29-year-old says coming face-to-face with a 120kg stud ram can be one of the most daunting experiences.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “WOOL grower groups have thrown their support behind farmers choosing how to manage flystrike.
The Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association adopted an animal welfare policy last week that says growers can “decide their own animal husbandry procedures”.”
ABC NEWS – by Kate Lambe – “Worlds collided at the Dowerin Field Days in the Wheatbelt, with farmers getting to see some of the high fashion their wool is used to create.
The eco fashion parade featured garments made from recycled wool blankets and coffee bean bags.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “Livestock operators in the Yarrawonga area are looking to the skies for follow up rain, after a drier than average winter.
But croppers and irrigators said they were pleased with the way the season had been set up.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Shan Goodwin – “AUSTRALIA’S first online sales version of the benchmark cattle market monitor, the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI), is now up and running.
Prominent market analysts Mecardo have created the Online Young Cattle Indicator (OYCI) in response to the growth in online livestock auctions.
Market analyst and wool and livestock trading manager Matt Dalgleish said the online platform for livestock selling was growing on the back of many advantages, including biosecurity and improved animal welfare.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “AN agricultural program at Chairo Christian School, Pakenham, was the starting point of Chevonne Willis’ farming career. The 19 year-old now runs her very own sheep stud, Harleydale Corriedale stud, with boyfriend Blayne Bridge, at her family’s property in Officer.”
NZ HERALD – THE COUNTRY – “Sydney-based Rabobank commodity analyst Georgia Twomey spoke to The Country’s Jamie Mackay today to see if she can sort out the woes of the strong wool industry in New Zealand.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – “LAST Saturday’s Burraga Sheep Show was held in bright sunshine and attendees enjoyed the quiet, country feel of each of the attractions.
We were pleased to see the involvement of Upper Macquarie County Council with its two weeds inspectors discussing landholder questions throughout the day.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “Being in the wool industry in western Queensland in the last few years has been an epic roller coaster ride, but Longreach couple Dominic and Vicki Burden are doing their best to negotiate the bends, peaks and troughs.”