NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Containment yards are woolgrower Sean McDougall’s secret weapon to farm management, estimated to have returned more than $95,000 from the initial investment three years ago.
The sixth generation farmer introduced containment yards to the family’s property, Rosevale, situated at Tatyoon in Victoria’s Western District, in 2015, as a risk mitigation following years of crippling drought.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SHEEP industry specialist Phil Graham has told producers, the industry will only move forward from accurate data and progress.
The livestock systems technical specialist with the NSW Department of Primary Industries has more than 30 years’ advisory experience.
He gave his final address for the DPI at the MerinoLink conference in Goulburn, NSW, recently, handing out some home truths on the industry.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGSITER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “AWEX’s eastern market indicator started the week 18c higher after AWEX revised the contents of their ‘basket’ indicator to more accurately line up with the current woolclip. From its new level the eastern market indicator (EMI) changed only marginally to 1524c, with a loss of 1c for the week, which was actually a healthy, positive result given the 50,000 bales on offer.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Described as being “famous for a day”, winning Grand Champion title of the Australian Fleece Competition has provided more than just paparazzi-like publicity for Paul and Margy Seaman, “Rosemont”, Crookwell, NSW. “
THE SCOTTISH FARMER – ” FOUR TIMES Golden Shears champion Rowland Smith is to take on the world ‘Eight Hour Ewe Shearing’ record at the end of July, at an event in Cornwall.
The famed kiwi will attempt to shear more than 605 ewes within that eight hour timeframe – which means he will have to shear each sheep in less than 47 seconds. This current record has not been beaten since 2010. “
THE BORDER MAIL – by Nigel McKay – “Australia’s smart agriculture future has been on show at Lake Hume Resort this week.
Thirty-seven elite agriculture students from right across the nation converged on the Border for the annual Horizon Scholarship Workshop.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Sarah Lang – “Is Australian agriculture falling behind its global competitors due to the country’s digital divide?
This was one issue discussed among 20 Australian farmers during a recent delegation to Japan and China where they examined the role of technology and data in shaping the world’s agricultural industries.”
RNZ by Peter Fowler – “Wool prices have hit rock bottom, causing a lot of stress and emotion in the industry, says a Hawke’s Bay wool broker. Wright Wool managing director Philippa Wright has been in the industry 40 years and said she can’t think of a time when prices have been lower.
Ms Wright said the wool sale at Napier yesterday was very disappointing.
“We are now at a lower point than we’ve ever been in my memory. Six years ago it was around about this level but yesterday I think it went a bit lower.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Joshua Becker – “A spate of wild dog attacks across farmland previously untroubled by the pests has prompted one grazier to build a 32-kilometre exclusion fence around his property.
Jack Glasson, from Jimembuen in southern New South Wales, said increasing numbers of wild dogs and kangaroos were beginning to impact on farm profitability.
“Wild dogs were coming in on one side of the place and we estimate that over 500 wethers were lost in the last year and a half due to wild dogs,” he said.”
FARMING AHEAD – by Mark Saunders – “SHEARING sheep is never easy but the latest handling system drastically reduces the amount of effort required to harvest wool. Kondinin Group saw the latest version of the ShearEzy in action at last week’s Best Wool Best Lamb conference held in Bendigo, Victoria.”