THE WEEKLY TIMES – TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Roger Hanson – ” A SIXTH-generation farmer in the Derwent Valley has a clear objective for his farming business: to grow the best fine wool by paying attention to flock genetics and responding to local climate variations.
Charles Downie, 39, and his wife Sally oversee superfine wool operations at the 2000ha Glenelg Estate near Gretna with their children, five-year-old Ollie, three-year-old Joe and 10-month-old Amy. Mrs Downie will soon return to work as a sonographer.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WOOL producers need to do their research before moving to a six-monthly shearing.
This is a warning from industry adviser and former wool broker Robert Hermann, who is concerned producers are getting the wrong signals.
The Ag Concepts managing director was speaking at Bendigo’s Best Wool Best Lamb conference.”
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Mark Kearney – “The experience of sheep breeders visiting Bendigo this week for a showcase of their prized animals tells the tale of an industry in transformation.
More than 3000 ovine animals from hundreds of studs across the country will vie for ribbons at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show from tomorrow.”
GABRIELLE JOHNSTON – “VALUABLE career opportunities available in agriculture will be showcased at this year’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo’s careers and technology hub. It comes at a time when a number of rural sectors face labour shortages, and many are undergoing technological changes.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “BINDI Murray is the sort of go-getter the WA sheep industry is lucky to have and when you’re talking sheep with Bindi, it’s easy to appreciate the straightforward logic behind her family’s Woodanilling operation.
Basically, running quality sheep effectively with less inputs is the main idea.
“We’ve always run sheep on the property and we always will run sheep on the property,” Bindi said.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “The National Fleece Competition is a “fantastic” opportunity for growers to showcase their fleeces as part of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, according to the convener Landmark’s Candice Cordy. “
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Richard Davison – “Plunging wool prices could have a detrimental short-term effect throughout the industry, although commentators continue to talk up longer-term prospects.
Despite merino prices continuing to soar at $13-$15-plus per kilo, average crossbred wool prices have plummeted to their lowest in a decade, hovering around the $2.20 per kilo mark.
However, predictions of widespread disruption to shearing patterns, with some farmers avoiding shearing altogether, were wide of the mark at this stage, NZ Shearing Contractors Association president Jamie McConachie said.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AUSTRALIA’S lack of strategic direction when it comes to the contentious mulesing debate has been compounded by two vastly different global welfare standards.
Both standards are being promoted to woolgrowers with the aim to establish a declaration of custody, giving brands and supply chain members’ assurances wool has met a level of production obligations.”
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THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE world has gone mad for mutton.
Australia’s national mutton indicator averaged a record 419c/kg carcass weight last financial year, which ended last week, up almost 30 per cent on the previous 12 months and more than 40 per cent more than the five-year average.
And while the foot has come off the pedal in sheep markets over the past week, with the national mutton indicator hitting a four-month low, it remains trading above year-ago levels.”