ABC NEWS – by Eric Barker – “With few wool producers left in the outback town of Hughenden, a shearing display has been offering tourists a glimpse of the once flourishing industry.
Local shearer Warren Wall has been using a fold-out shearing stand in a park in the middle of town to shear a small mob of sheep and educate people about the town’s history.
Mr Wall said it was important the town preserved its historical wool industry.”
STOCK & LAND – by Erin Witmitz and Laura Griffin – “Zack Currie has loved wool from the first time he worked with it and he is excited about the career opportunities in the industry, especially for young people.
The 19 year-old is a wool buyer with the Australian Wool Network (AWN) at Horsham. Since he started there as a trainee last January, he missed working in shearing sheds so entered wool handling competitions throughout the state.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOL prices appear to have defied any negative impact of the sharp rising Australian dollar with record forward trades being secured during the current winter recess.
With supply low and demand high from export buyers, forward trades reached 1755 cents a kilogram clean for 19-micron class in September, and 1505-1525c/kg for 21m for August.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SAM Lyne isn’t the type of farmer who selects enterprises on tradition.
Nor does personal preference play any substantial role.
Sam, who farms at Campbell Town in Tasmania, makes decisions on profitability and market diversity.”
STOCK & LAND – by Steff Wills – “COMPETITION SPARKS INNOVATION
EVERY year, the Sheepvention’s inventions competition stimulates the invention, manufacture and display of new items and equipment that will be of benefit to the sheep and wool industry and agriculture in general.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “After entering the competition for five years, Adam Bennett has topped the Victorian Stud Merino Sheepbreeders’ Association’s junior judging state final.
The 17 year-old said the field of 17 young judges had to put four ewes in order from the best to the worst.”
WELLINGTON TIMES – “Cold wintry weather continues with only .5mm of rain last Wednesday and heavy frosts on every second day. Pipes are still blocking and causing some havoc with pumps not running.
The weather is certainly affecting markets with large numbers being sent to Dubbo in both sheep and cattle.”
FARMING UK – “The brother of a Cornish farmer, a New Zealander, has beaten the world record for the number of sheep sheared in an 8 hour period.
30-year-old New Zealander Rowland Smith took on the ‘Eight Hour Ewe World Shearing Record’ yesterday (24 July).
He sheared 644 sheep from four farms in Devon and Cornwall in two-hour periods between 7am and 5pm.”
AGRILAND (Ireland) – by Conor Finnerty – “A New Zealander has smashed the world record for the number of ewes sheared in the space of eight hours at a farm in the UK.
Rowland Smith claimed the ‘Eight Hour Ewe World Shearing Record’ at Trefranck Farm, St Clether in Cornwall.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “AFTER a run of historical highs for the sheep and wool industry prices have started to soften.
A climbing Australian dollar affected export weight lambs at the Wagga market on Thursday morning and the dry weather was enough to spread caution among restockers who were sourcing store stock.”