THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Darren Gray – “After a dry year that hit crop production and cut farm incomes in some key growing regions, prices for major Australian agricultural commodities of wool, wheat, cotton and dairy are tipped to rise next financial year and boost farm returns.”
YASS TRIBUNE – by Zac Lowe – “Last week, the winners of the 2018 Peter Westblade Scholarship were announced, and one of the recipients was Yass’s own Joe Walden.
Mr Walden was announced as the joint recipient of the scholarship, alongside Anna Cotton, and he was shocked but extremely pleased to hear his name announced.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “STUDS in Victoria’s Loddon Valley held open days to show potential and existing clients their flocks, during the annual Loddon Valley Field Day.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Five studs opened their property gates to visitors, while the remaining 10 converged on the Serpentine Recreation Reserve, to display stock at a communal open day, there.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “AS the Ides of March approaches the wool market raised a caution flag concerning the future direction of some types.
The first selling day for the week was quite bullish with most good specification Merino fleece being keenly sought after from 16 to 23 micron, but the second sale day, perhaps coincidentally March 1 saw all but the very best superfine wools drift a little. But it was the bulk micron group for Merino, being 19-20 micron that was discounted quite heavily and lost 30c on the day.”
THE GISBORNE HERALD (NZ) – by Doug Laing – “IT took more than 30 years but a woolhandler was the star of the final night of the 58th Golden Shears in Masterton on Saturday night as “ultimate rousie” Joel Henare of Gisborne took centre stage.
Henare’s brilliant performance overshadowed even that of shearing phenomenon Rowland Smith.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “WORLD wool handling champion Joel Henare has celebrated his 100th open class win by claiming a sixth consecutive Golden Shears Open Woolhandling title on Saturday. It may have taken more than 30 years, but a wool handler was the genuine star of the final night of the 58th Golden Shears in Masterton on Saturday night”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN sheep meat and wool industry stakeholders have only one a week to tell authorities how Ovine Johne’s Disease should be managed.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “AUSTRALIA’S top shearers have defeated a New Zealand team in the hotly contested Golden Shears trans-Tasman test at Masterton on Saturday. However, the New Zealand wool handling team of current world and New Zealand champion Joel Henare with Maryanne Baty soundly defeated Australia’s Mel Morris and Sophie Huf in the trans-Tasman wool handling test on …”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Kim Woods – “TASMANIA and New South Wales have provided the dual 2018 winners of the prestigious Peter Westblade scholarship for young sheep and wool industry professionals.”