STOCK & LAND – by Ron Rutledge, Livestock Operations Elders – “A big thanks to Murray Arnel for the invite to write this column.
The scene for readers in the livestock game at the moment is looking very bright in relation to price.
I will only mention the weather once, an obvious concern for all producers. Not much that anyone can do to change the situation, let’s hope for a good general rain soon.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “BILL and Sandy Rogerson have built impressive infrastructure on their Casbern Park farm at Glenthompson to give their sheep “every opportunity to thrive”.
Since 1996, they have planted 9000 Cyprus and 25,000 native trees as shelterbelts on the south and west sides of paddocks across the 735-hectare property.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Shannon Twomey – “BRON Ellis has experienced success in the show ring before but this year’s sheep and wool show was like no other.
Ms Ellis, who runs the Sweetfield Corriedale Stud, at Mt Moriac, won the supreme interbreed long wool exhibit with her 12-month-old ram Archibald and the supreme long wool interbreed group.
It was the first time Ms Ellis had won supreme interbreed exhibit at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE Eastern Market Indicator has risen by 10 per cent to 1507c/kg in the first half of this year, according to Rural Bank.
Wool prices are expected to remain strong this financial year, especially for the fine and medium micron wool sectors.
Rural Bank Agribusiness general manager Andrew Smith said increased wool production — estimated to be up by 5 per cent for 2016-17 — was driven by the expanding national flock, set to rise by 4 per cent to 76.6 million by June 2018.”
TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Karolin MacGregor – “LOOKING after soil health is proving to be a winning strategy for poppy grower and wool producer Guy Ellis.
Mr Ellis runs the 1000ha family property Humbie at Bothwell with his wife Fiona and their children Chloe, 4, and Jimmy, 2.
This year the pair were named as SunPharma’s top southern poppy grower.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “SUPREME Border Leicester went to a ram who had to rise above 20 other sheep just to win his class.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Shannon Twomey – “SOMETIMES you can pick a winner a mile away.
But that was not the case for Anthony Frost, from the Hillden Poll Dorset stud, at Crookwell, NSW who took out the supreme Poll Dorset exhibit at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show last week.
The Frosts won supreme with a ram Anthony would not necessarily have picked as a winner.”
BORDER CHRONICLE – by Ali Kuchel and Catherine Miller – “Enthusiasm among commercial Merino breeders at the South East Merino Field Day this week was sky-high with fantastic wool and meat prices as well as puddles of water in the car park.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Jenne Brammer – “After 20 years of shrinking production, Australian wool is expanding and prices will remain at multi-decade highs, according to an industry report.
Strong export demand and limited supply led the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator to rise 10 per cent to 1507¢/kg in the first half of 2017 — the highest prices since the collapse of the reserve price scheme in 1991.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Dorothy Henderson – “With full dams and a soil profile still moist after rains early this year, the scene is set for a productive season on Epasco Farm east of Condingup.
Farm manager Rod Taylor said the 150mm of rain received in early February had followed on from 67mm received in late January, ensuring the farm enjoyed a great summer period.”