THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Simone Smith – “SOUTH west Victoria is not known for its fine wool growing conditions. Extreme variations in weather and quick changes between seasons can be hard to navigate.
But one family has not only made this work, they have stayed at the top of their field four years in a row.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “CHANGE is a word not lost on Martin Oppenheimer.
“Being sheep producers, we’ve had to change,” he says.
“We were once wool producers and focused totally on wool. Now, it is kilos of wool, kilos of lamb, and turning them off early.
“Something like condition score is more important now than it was 10-15 years ago, because then while a sheep with a lower condition score may have produced a few less kilos of wool, it was at lower micron and you probably got paid more.”
BENDIO ADVERTISER – by Mark Kearney – “The ribbons were hung by the podium with care at the Bendigo showgrounds yesterday as volunteers readied the venue for the weekend’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show.
In what is said to be the biggest event of its kind in the world, sheep breeders will vie for first place across 50 categories, with adjudicators judging everything from best black fleece to top merino pair. “
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Winslow merino producer Brendan Finnigan reckons the wool industry has to eventually end the practice of of mulesing sheep to prevent flystrike.
Mr Finnigan, who runs about 8000 merinos north of Warrnambool, said calls to end mulesing had to be heeded by the industry “because it is consumer-driven.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – Posted in Rural News – by Tony Chaston – ” … WOOL
The first sale of the new season was a North Island auction, and this again revealed the disastrous state of wool pricing.
In a sale dominated by second shear wool, coarse price indicators fell to levels not seen since 2009, and even other longer wool types met very poor pricing levels.”
NZ HERALD – The Country – Jamie Mackay – ” Today The Country’s Jamie Mackay finds Dr Jacqueline Rowarth at an Apiculture conference in Rotorua.
However, the topic of the day for the Chief Scientist of the Environmental Protection Authority is not honey – but strong wool.”
NZ HERALD – The Country – ” Are the days of the dual-purpose sheep gone? That’s the question The Country host Jamie Mackay put to South Canterbury sheep breeder Ike Williams on today’s show.
With the wool industry’s recent woes Mackay is pondering whether sheep will just be bred for meat in the future. Williams says it’s too early to say but he’s not sure what will save wool if the industry can’t find another product such as carpet.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “The world’s largest sheep show could not be celebrating 140 years at a better time.
Positivity in the sheep industry continues to climb, and it will no doubt help draw record crowds to the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo this week, from Friday to Sunday.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Shannon Twomey – “NEW Zealand sheep breeder and disaster assistance organiser Helen Heddell (pictured) will be one of the guest speakers at this year’s annual Women of Wool lunch.
The lunch is held at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show and offers women in the industry the chance to network, and features a variety of guest speakers.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “THE contribution of heritage breeds to the industry will be recognised at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show this weekend.
Breeders of Cheviot, Romney, English Leicester, Dorset Down, Hampshire Down, Ryeland, Lincoln, Dorset Horn, Shropshire and Southdown sheep will showcase the breeds which have been preserved to ensure diversity in the industry remains.”