THE BORDER MAIL – “AS diverse as Albury-Wodonga’s economy is with so many industries providing employment to the 100,000 or so people who choose to live in the twin cities it is sometimes easy to take for granted the importance of agriculture.
Health, education, manufacturing, construction and retail are some of the biggest providers of jobs and play a critical part in our economic well-being.”
SABC NEWS – by Olwethu Matsipane – “South African wool growers are confident that their products will continue doing well in the international markets, despite challenges such as drought that are facing the industry. This emerged at the annual Wool Growers’ Association congress underway in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape.
The wool industry mostly relies on the export market, as they export 95% of their products.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Mark Phelps – “A NEW video has been released showing why wild dogs are a problem and threat to both agriculture and the environment.”
THE EXAMINER – by Johanna Baker-Dowdell – “Managing risk is something we do on a daily basis from choosing the clothes we wear to where to invest money, but speakers at this year’s Midland Agricultural Association Forum want farmers to look at both sides of the risk coin.
Risk is the topic for the Campbell Town Show forum on Friday, with panel speakers Robert Herrmann from Ag Concepts Advisory/Mecardo, Rabobank’s Daker Pern, Dr David Stephens from Agrometeorology Australian and Peter Wilkinson at Achmea looking how how it can be managed.”
NZ FARMER – by Rob Tipa – “An Otago merino breeder says the stud’s array of trophies is the result of a constant desire to measure their progress against other farms.”
WAIKATO TIMES – by Luke Kirkeby – “Tokoroa may not be known as sheep country but students at David Henry School are now experts on wool.
The Campaign for Wool New Zealand Trust’s The Wool Shed, which is a 20 foot shipping container packed with interactive learning tools for students looking at the wide variety of products made from wool and to study its unique attributes, has spent the last few weeks at the school.
It supports learning across technology, maths, science, economics, and english. Deputy principal Naima Placid said the reaction from students and teachers alike has been nothing but positive.”
THE ISLANDER – “Elders are continuing to invest resources into their South Australian wool team with the appointment of Marty Kay on March 1 2017.
Marty is returning to the wool industry after various marketing roles within the wine industry.
Previously, he has had vast experience in the wool industry as a wool classer and buyer for over 10 years.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “BIG BOY: This Collinsville sire broke all industry records when he sold for $330,000 at the 1988 Dubbo ram sale. The buyer planned to sell semen straws at around $45 each and wool market indicators were at about 2017 levels at that time. The crash of the Wool Reserve Price scheme soon after this purchase bankrupted many parties who were involved in the industry…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “LEGENDARY New Zealand shearer Colin Bosher has died in hospital in the West Australian town of Boyup Brook.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Media Release – “Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is holding a shearing industry day to help guide the future of wool harvesting.
While the traditional method continues to serve the industry, over many years, many alternatives to harvesting wool have been invested in. This event will examine the latest knowledge and innovation around the current technologies and ask the vital question of “what next”?