THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “After winning the inaugural Katanning supreme exhibit award back in 1993, the Patterson family, of Woolkabin stud, Woodanilling, was back in the event’s winner’s circle for the third time.
The Pattersons’ long-wool ram began its supremacy earlier in the year at Wagin Woolorama, followed by Williams Gateway Expo, taking out the top awards at both events before being sent to the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “A third-generation woolgrower with a penchant for agricultural education has been crowned this year’s WA Rural Ambassador.
Luke Hall, 27, farms 3000ha of both crop and sheep at Wagin with his family and wife Alexandra.
Mr Hall said his pitch to the Royal Agriculture Society of WA selection committee highlighted the need to change the “public perception of a farmer”. “
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Saskia Adysti – “The annual WA State Agricultural School Sheep Handling Challenge was held last Thursday at the Katanning Leisure Centre.
Students from four agricultural colleges at Narrogin, Cunderdin, Harvey and Denmark competed on a series of tasks that they have learnt over the years.”
THE SINGLETON ARGUS – “Professional Wild Dog Controllers are being sought, to take part in a new, expanded wild dog control program in the Upper Hunter.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE wool price indicator soared 64c/kg last week, ending on another record.
The Eastern Market Indicator increased to 1614c/kg, its highest level, beating the previous record set in April 1988 by 32c/kg.
This was a jump of 4.1 per cent in seven days, or 25 per cent year-on-year, with the EMI 316c/kg clean above the same time last season.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “BATHURST Merino Association’s Ram Expo and Working Dog Auction attracted a good attendance on a cold August day last Saturday and most people enjoyed the day.”
THE ADVERTISER – by Erin Jones Regional Reporter – “A RECORD Australian wool price may be contributing to a surge of stock thefts across the state, including 450 sheep from Mid North properties in the past three weeks.
Farmers are being urged to regularly check their stock after one farmer estimated 300 merino ewes had gradually disappeared from his Wilmington property since February.”
GOULBURN POST – by Louise Thrower – ” … But the Yennora bid appears to have stalled for now. Australian Wool Handlers has renewed its lease with Yennora’s owners to host wool sales for another five years. AWH has contracts with Elders, Landmark, Schute Bell and Australian Wool Network.”
NZ HERALD – Business Desk – “Cavalier Corp sank back into the red after the overhaul of the wool carpet maker’s operations proved more expensive and more prolonged than expected, raising flags over the company’s ability to keep operating as a going concern.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “There’s no such thing as the perfect sheep, say Robin and Pip Wilson.
But if there is, it might closely resemble the corriedales on their West Melton, Canterbury farm they believe.
Robin Wilson puts some of that down to the changes that have been wrought in the breed over the past 30 years, so that the corriedale of today is a “vastly different” animal to that of the past.”