THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “At the annual July shearing of wethers and hoggets, Braeside mixed cropping and Merino sheep farmer Don Thomson contemplated what the current season would bring.
“Lack of rain has put our crops and pasture 70 per cent behind in growth, it all now depends on what happens in the next three months,” he said.”
THE BORDER MAIL – by Laura Griffin – “The North East Merino Breeders Group has again expanded its annual ram sale to include one more stud and 10 more rams compared to last year’s sale.
This year, eight studs will offer 60 high quality Merino and Poll Merino rams on Tuesday, August 15.”
GISBORNE HERALD (NZ) – by Murray Robertson – “WORLD record-breaking shearer Rowland Smith from Hawke’s Bay passed through Gisborne yesterday on his way home after setting a new global mark by cutting the wool off 644 sheep in eight hours.
Smith broke the previous record set by Southland’s Leon Samuels of 605 in Invercargill in February.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “A strategic mulesing and animal welfare plan for the sheepmeat industry would help Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the European Union after Brexit is completed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “POOR feed quality at lambing time made a lasting difference on lamb growth rates, a two-year trial in North East Victoria has found.
The aim of the trial by the Bullioh Best Wool, Best Lamb group, using electronic identification tags, was to look at growth rates and making the most of the spring flush and how to finish more lambs by Christmas.”
AVON VALLEY GAZETTE – by Lauren Peden – “ECO Fashion Week Australia (EFWA) will this month celebrate sustainable merino wool on the runway at the Dowerin Field Days.
Fashion shows will be held on August 30 and 31 showcasing international fashion designers from the USA, Canada, Spain, UK, Japan, Philippines, Indonesia, India and New Zealand.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “ORGANISERS of the Bathurst Merino Association junior sheep judging are putting a lot of effort into this year’s competition to be held at the Bathurst Ram Expo on Bathurst Showground from 10am to noon on Saturday, August 19.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – by Tony Chaston – “…. Wool … Last week’s South island wool sale had 27% of the offered 6,452 bales unsold…”
IPSWICH STAR (UK) – “The English National Sheepdog Trials and Suffolk on Show, which took place at Haughley Park, near Stowmarket, from July 28, brought together the country’s top handlers and their dogs for a virtuoso display of their skills.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “CONTRACTS for sustainably produced high quality traditional style Saxon superfine wool are helping to halt the decline in production of the luxury fibre.”