GOONDIWINDI ARGUS – by Mark Coulton, MP – “There are many very worthwhile employment and mentoring programmes which operate in the electorate of Parkes that achieve great outcomes for Indigenous students and young people.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “The success of WA Merino breeders at the recent Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Victoria, is a strong indicator of the quality to be presented at the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo & Sale to be held at Katanning on August 17 and 18.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “They are the former shearers, wool classers and rouseabouts that braved the heat, isolation and warm beer of the North West.
And more than 50 years on they have still got a story to tell about an era known colloquially as “the truck days”.
Peter Letch was just a teenager from a sheep farm in Clackline when he packed up his life and went north to Fitzroy River in the Kimberley.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “The cutting of its first permanent tooth is a defining moment for an Australian lamb destined for the dinner table.
As soon as its first incisor breaks through, the animal is downgraded to mutton and sold for a lower price.
It is a sheepmeat classification system enshrined in the industry for decades, but a group of WA sheep farmers is pushing for it to change.”
PORT LINCOLN TIMES – “ROEMAHKITA Poll Merino stud had outstanding results at its 27th annual ram auction at Cummins this week with a record average of $2525, $413 up on last year.
The stud also had nearly full clearance, with 78 out of 80 rams sold in the ring, and another sold straight after the sale.”
ABC NEWS – by Laurissa Smith – “Norwegians Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison know how to spin a good yarn.
Just ask their legion of fans — mainly women — who have driven hundreds of kilometres to hear them speak at sold-out shows in Australia this week.
In fact the Scandinavian knitwear authors and designers, known for their striking patterns, have a global cult following.
It is one of the reasons why Australian Country Spinners, the Victorian company manufacturing Cleckheaton’s superfine merino knitting yarn, has teamed up with the duo.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “VICTORIA’S finest shearers and woolhandlers faced off at the state finals recently, and those who came up trumps will return to the same arena in October.
Competitors who have gained points from 17 regional events during the past year went head-to-head at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show earlier this month, vying for the state championships, and a chance to head to nationals.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “RETURNS from investments in pastures, fertilisers and improved livestock management will be highlighted at the Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s annual conference at Nagambie on September 6-7.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “STATE Farming Organisations have banded together to campaign for greater oversight of Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) expenditure amid criticism there has been a “lack of progress” by the industry body.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “IT is becoming easier to collect pedigree data for breeders, thanks to new innovative research into on-farm Bluetooth technology.
But it is only just the beginning of what will be able to be monitored and analysed with the new Actigraphic movement sensors, according to Department of Primary Industry and Regional Development (DPIRD) livestock research officer Beth Paganoni.”