OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “The New Zealand Merino Company is investing in research and development to highlight the impact of microplastics on the environment and the benefits of natural fibres as a solution.
Chief executive John Brakenridge believed New Zealand was ”perfectly positioned” to provide sustainable fibre alternatives – be it wool, flax, hemp or lyocell – to meet global consumer demand for more environmentally sustainable products.”
NZ FARMER – by Rob Tipa – “This year has been a season of extremes on Earnscleugh Station, one of eight properties visited on the Central Otago Stud Merino Breeders’ tour of the region last week.
The spring and summer were the hottest and driest seasons the Campbell family had ever experienced in their 36 years on the property, owner Alistair Campbell said in a note to visitors, with no spring growth at all, not even in lucerne crops.”
LITHGOW MERCURY – by Kirsty Horton – “Lithgow High School’s Agricultural Show team has its team prepared for the biggest of stages, the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
‘Shaggy’ the ram will once again lead the charge, as part of a team of Corriedale sheep bred and raised at Lithgow High School’s ag farm.”
THE COROWA FREE PRESS – by Contributor – “Corowa Market held on Monday, March 19 with 7,871 lambs yarded and increase of 2,145 from previous week, 5,875 sheep yarded which was an increase of 3,066.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “GLOBAL financial advisory and accountancy firm Ernst & Young (EY) has been selected by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to undertake the independent review of Australian Wool Innovation’s performance and governance.”
NZ FARMER – by Rob Tipa – “For anyone who has ever been there, the landscapes of Little Valley are quite simply unique.
Tucked away between distinctive rock-studded ridges surrounding this remote corner of Central Otago, Matangi Station could be on the dark side of the moon. In fact, it is only a 15-minute drive from the main street of Alexandra.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WESTERN Australian veterinary students are being given an insight into livestock biosecurity issues through a joint training and engagement initiative.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “After two solid days of judging across central Victoria, the 2018 McLennan-McColl Flock of the Year champion has been awarded to a Muskerry-based flock.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Alexa Hearn – “Sheep and lamb numbers were limited on AuctionsPlus this week with only 1225 head being offered from the sunshine state and not surprisingly, 100 per cent clearance was recorded. This was a decrease of 2043 head from last week.”
THE RURAL – “WOOL prices have continued a downward trend after a season of record highs.
The Australian Wool Exchange Eastern Market Indicator closed for the week at 1751c/kg which was down 27c. “