THE RURAL – “DEMONSTRATIONS on the new upright shearing system as well as the latest technology facing the sheep and wool industry will be showcased at an upcoming conference.
Feed supplements, genetic technology and future Merino production system challenges will be all under the spotlight when growers gather for the MerinoLink Conference on June 21 in Goulburn.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “The century-old wool selling system is set to be digitally disrupted with Australian Wool Innovation splashing $3.6 million to build and launch an online wool exchange platform.”
NZ FARMER – by Pat Deavoll – “… But what about wool?
Following two strong seasons, the first half of 2017 was a tough one for crossbred wool growers, with the fine and coarse crossbred indicators both dropping to multi-year lows. Crossbred stocks in China are reported to remain high with buyers cagey. Crossbred lambs’ wool has taken a severe knock this year and the coarser end of halfbreds has slipped back since the highs seen over the last couple of years.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand shearers have taken two titles at the Royal Bath and West Show’s British Golden Shears in England.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Current and future shearing technology will be discussed at a New South Wales workshop near Dubbo on June 16.”
HUNTER VALLEY NEWS – “The Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces was established in 1990 to promote the best of agriculture that Merriwa has to offer with a focus on the history of the Merino Sheep and how this industry shaped a community.
Celebrating 27 years on the June long weekend 2017, and with the theme of ‘True Blue’, this year’s Rosto Festival of the Fleeces will be one to remember.”
STOCK & LAND – “THERE were plenty of visitors during day two of Stock & Land Sheep Week, who travelled around to studs in western Victoria.
Check out all of the photos and videos below, and make sure to tag any of your own photos or videos with the hashtag #SheepWeek.”
ABC NEWS – by Damian McIntyre and Gregor Salmon – “Tasmanian sheep Cecil has fallen three kilograms short of the world record for the heaviest fleece.
The woolly wether underwent a major trim in Launceston after being lost in the bush for years and his fleece weighed in at a whopping 38 kilograms.”
THE ADVOCATE – by Tess Brunton – “The five-year-old sheep received his first shave on Tuesday, after he was found neglected and stranded on a ledge at Heybridge last week.
RSPCA chief inspector Ray Kroeze said Cecil did not look like he had been shorn in his lifetime.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – by Tony Chaston – ” … WOOL The South Island wool auction saw a continuation of the gloomy market status, as again only 65% of the offering sold, and the stronger currencies saw crossbred indicators ease further.”