FARM WEEKLY – by Lynette Carew-Reid – “THE crowd inspecting the sheep at Ted and Bev Hill’s West River clearing sale was virtually non-existent but values still reached a $178 high for a line of 278 rising three-year-old mated blue tag ewes.
The price equated to almost $50,000 (GST exc) for the pen making the five lines on offer easily the most valuable asset in the sale.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “RAPID development in genomic tools available to the sheep industry has seen Merino studs adopting the technology, contrary to popular belief, a new report claims.
With declining flock numbers and rapid acceptance of Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) in the past five years, it is now estimated studs registered with MerinoSelect are supplying 47 per cent of Merino sires for commercial flocks in Australia, the report claims.”
7 NEWS – by Daniel DE CARTERET – “Trangie (Australia) (AFP) – In a sweltering shed on an Australian farm near the rural town of Trangie, Emma Billet drags a nervous sheep from a waiting pen to her shearing station.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “LESS than a quarter of eligible Australian woolgrowers voted in Australian Wool Innovation’s last board election.
And 97 per cent of the 400,894 votes cast in the November election were proxy votes, The Weekly Times can reveal.
But to date AWI has been unable to determine just how many of those were directed and how many undirected.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “RIVERINA and southern NSW producers have earned the lion’s share of the top 10 places in Australia’s biggest sheep and wool evaluation trial.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “On the back of high times for lamb and wool, Australian sheep producers are riding a 20 year cash high with average farm income hitting $170,000. Victoria Wool Processor, Sydney Manager, Harry Ying, says the industry’s booming times will attract new international players to the auction rooms.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Australian Agricultural Training (AAT) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that is dedicated to delivering flexible, accessible courses that are tailored to suit individual needs.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S saleyard sheep and lamb prices, and auction wool values are expected to continue to rise, but the gross value of the nation’s agricultural production will fall 5 percent this financial year, agricultural forecaster ABARES said today.”
ABC NEWS – Rural – by Clint Jasper – “The shearing shed on farmer Tom Leeming’s Western District property was built during the 1950s, when wool was selling for ‘a pound a pound’.
In the late 1980s, just as the industry was on the precipice of a devastating bust, the profits from a decade of soaring prices were invested into an extension of that soldier-settlement-built shearing shed.
Today, with prices again going through the roof, a huge, gleaming set of undercover sheep yards are under construction on the property in Pidgeon Ponds, about 350 kilometres west of Melbourne.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “AUSTRALIA’s agricultural production value is tipped to drop below $60 billion for 2017-18, after the industry’s record-breaking boom last year.
Figures from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences March agricultural commodities outlook, released today, forecast a slow, five-year climb back toward the industry’s record-breaking $63 billion mark.”