THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – “The annual “shear a sheep, eat a pie, drink a drink” competition took place at the New Commercial Hotel and Pub earlier this month and attracted 23 teams.
Jude Dix, who runs the New Commercial along with Ian Hayward, says the event, in its fourth year, even had a team of South Islanders enter on the day.
“Nothing like coming to Stratford and entering a competition like this!”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kate Dowler – “PRODUCING some of Australia’s best superfine wool is all about working within the constraints of a tough environment for Penny and Russell Hartwich.
And instead of fighting against the limitations of their land, they work with it — and that includes retaining native pastures.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “SOUTH Australian woolgrowers David and Jill Michael picked the right time to sell 183 bales from their farm Carriewerloo, north of Port Augusta.
The couple visited the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne last week with their son Scott and his wife Amanda, to see their bales sold in a strong market.
Elders Port Augusta agent Alice Wilsdon said all 183 bales, mostly 22 micron, were sold above the appraisal.”
THE EXAMINER – by Johanna Baker-Dowdell – “George Taylor had to overcome some pretty stiff competition from up-and-coming judges – including his sister – to win the title of 2017 junior sheep judge at Campbell Town Show.
George, 16, of St Johnstone at Campbell Town, beat 2016 winner Gabbie Horton and Will Ferguson in the 16-25 years judging category to claim the prize.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – Posted in Rural News – Tony Chaston – “…WOOL
The South Island wool auction saw the market reach new lows with just over half the volumes offered, reaching growers reserves.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Business Scoop – edited by Jonathan Underhill & Patrick Smellie – Press Release – Federated Farmers – “It’s time for “big sky forward thinking” on the cost, marketing and competition challenges facing the New Zealand meat and wool sectors, Rick Powdrell says.
In his final address as Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre Industry Chairman, Mr Powdrell told delegates to the Feds’ national conference in Wellington today that tinkering at the edges of change are not going to cut it.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stephen Burns – “A Poll Merino ram, still showing his lambs teeth and weighing 127kg was judged ‘Riverina Wool Australia’ champion hogget ram at the 2017 Hay Sheep Show, sponsored by Mark Bazeley, Riverina Wool, Moama.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Clint Jasper – “Australian farmers’ record-breaking season last year has been stamped with a $62.8 billion price tag for 2016-17 by the national commodity forecaster.”
NZ FARMER – by Joyce Wyllie – “OPINION: Any child can be expected to be asked in their early life about what they want to be when they grow up.
The common question becomes a more urgent: “What are you going to do when you leave school?”
My early years living on a farm up a valley north of Gisborne leaned me towards work outdoors. My options changed as most young folk do. When heavy machinery was upgrading our road, I aspired to driving that Komatsu bulldozer.”
DUNGOG CHRONICLE – “Fancy yourself a speedy knitter? Each year teams around the world race against the clock to shear the sheep, spin the wool and knit a jumper, all in under eight hours. Their times are then lodged with international adjudicators who announce the winners on the June long weekend.”