STOCK & LAND – by Julian Luke – “INSTEAD of buying feed during the devastating drought last decade, Riverina couple Ian and Camilla Shippen decided to buy properties.
From an outsider’s perspective the Shippens admit increasing their debt load at a time of climatic uncertainty might have seemed crazy, but on closer inspection it appears to have been a stroke of brilliance.
They have emerged from the drought with a bigger flock than before and increased the size of their aggregation.
The Shippens are woolgrowers based at Liewah, Moulamein, NSW.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Peter Tuohey – “IN THE middle of the last century, leaders of the agriculture sector recognised that having multiple farmer representative bodies weakened the influence of farmers.
They decided to do something about it, which led to a determined effort to unite farmer representation.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “A NATIONAL holiday in China did little to dent the enthusiasm of Chinese woolbuyers last week.
The Eastern Market Indicator lifted 28c/kg clean to close at 1550c/kg.
Australian Wool Innovation’s market commentary said there was strong demand for Merino wool, but crossbred wool continued to falter.
In Melbourne, the biggest gains were in the mid-microns with 20 micron gaining 57c/kg to close at 1661c/kg, while 21 micron lifted 45c/kg to finish the week at 1569c/kg.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff and Natalie Kotsios – “POLICE have identified a number of “persons of interest” as they seek to bust a wool substitution racket that has threatened relations with Australia’s No. 1 wool customer.
It follows the revelation in last week’s The Weekly Times that at least 18 bales of Australian wool, worth tens of thousands of dollars, had been seized at Chinese woollen mills in recent months after it was discovered they contained wool vastly different from that tested in Melbourne.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “IN A year where the eastern market indicator hit a 10-year high, stud Merino breeders are looking forward to the selling season with optimism.
Wool prices have steadily increased, with the eastern market indicator closing at 1550c/kg clean last week compared with 1300c/kg for the same week last year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “THE October store sheep sale at Hay in the Riverina has been cancelled by selling agents Elders and Landmark.
It now appears unlikely that Hay, which is one of southern Australia’s major Merino sheep selling centres, will hold another store sale this year. Usually it holds markets in October and November as a follow-up to its feature opening spring sale in September.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Gregor Heard – “WEST Wimmera Dohne stud Koonik recorded a solid performance, with a mix of repeat and new clients competing for a well-turned out line of rams, with prices rising to $4250 on two occasions.”
WELLINGTON TIMES – by Geoff Plasto – “Rain fell over the district on Sunday with precipitation varying greatly depending on where you live. Spicers Creek measured the heaviest falls with over 30mm, however the southern part of Wellington had only about 8mm and around the town from 14 to 20mm was the order.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “DERBY DOWNS
*Total clearance of 100 Poll Dorset rams sold to a top of $3200, av $1325
*Total clearance of 12 ewes sold to a top of $650, av $485
A BOOMING prime lamb industry has seen Derby Downs Poll Dorset stud, Marong, record a total clearance at its recent on-property ram sale.”
THE SCOTTISH FARMER – by Gordon Davidson – ” TWO Welshman have set a new record by hand shearing 397 sheep over the course of nine hours.
The pair, Gareth Pennant Owen and Clive Hamer, managed to shear an average of 44 sheep per hour, over a nine-hour period, at Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin, in Somerset, with Mr Owen managing to shear 202 of those himself.”