THE RURAL – “Research at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation is investigating if adding calcium and magnesium to the diets of pregnant ewes can boost lamb survival.
The Charles Sturt University (CSU) project, funded by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), will be outlined at the Graham Centre’s sheep forum on Friday, July 7.”
BERKS COUNTRY (UK) – by Lisa Scheid – “Pity Ron McGettigan’s black texel sheep; they won’t pay much for her wool, but she’s still valuable as meat.
McGettigan brought four bags of wool to the Berks County wool pool Saturday, three white and a small black bag, produced by his flock of 60 sheep in Penn Township.
The pool draws sheep farmers from as far away as Maryland, said Roger Bowman, president of the Berks County Sheep and Wool Growers Association. It enables folks with small flocks to band together to sell their fleeces to a large distributor, Groenewold Fur & Wool, which sends a truck from Illinois. In the wool world, quality rests on breeds, location and care.”
FARMING UK – “30-year-old New Zealander Rowland Smith is preparing to take on the ‘Eight Hour Ewe World Shearing Record’ next month in the UK.
Rowland’s record attempt will take place at Trefranck Farm, St Clether in Cornwall, on Monday 24th July.
Whilst world record attempts are never guaranteed to be successful, a track record like Rowland’s certainly stands him in good stead.”
FARMING AHEAD – by David Cussons – “THE GROSS value of Australian farm production is forecast to drop in 2017/18, but will remain higher than the five-year average, according to the latest data from Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).”
FARMING AHEAD – by mark Saunders – “SHEEP and lamb producers have been urged to stay focussed at the annual Best Wool Best Lamb conference in Bendigo, Victoria today. Best Wool Best Lamb chair Jason Trompf urged producers to not rest on their laurels as prices for wool and sheepmeat have been at heightened levels in recent months.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “NOT since the late 1980s has NSW wool grower Gil Ackerly seen wool values this high.
And the Berrigan farmer said it took a lot of patience while prices were low to remain in the business.
Last week Mr Ackerly and his wife, Noelene, sold 42 bales of 16.5 micron wool at the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne for an average of $2285 a bale, almost $200 more than valuation and the best prices they had received in 25 years.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “ELECTRONIC identification tag scanning will begin in Victoria this week, but adoption of the technology on-farm still has a way to go.
Moses & Son livestock consultant Lexi Cesnik has been researching the barriers to adopting eID technology, and said more education and support were needed.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook, Rural Reporter – “The confidence of New Zealand farmers is now at its highest recorded level since the Rabobank survey began 14 years ago. Rabobank’s Rural Confidence Survey shows that net farmer confidence has doubled in the past three months.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “A wave of optimism is sweeping through the rural sector, with farmers reporting to Rabobank the highest level of confidence since the bank’s surveys began in 2003.
The good feel factor runs across all sectors, but sheep and beef farmers were the biggest movers since the last quarterly survey, climbing from of +9 per cent to +53 per cent.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand’s shearing team of world champions, Hawke’s Bay guns John Kirkpatrick and Rowland Smith will shear seven test matches on a four-week CP Wool tour of the UK starting next week.”