ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Anna Vidot – “Australian farmers are getting older, with the latest survey data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), finding the average farmer is 56-years-old.
That’s up from 54-years-old less than a decade ago, and is 17 years older than average Australian worker who is 39 years old.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “NEW data on Australian agricultural performance has been released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing a $3.1 billion increase in the industry’s gross value for 2015-16 to $56b – despite a range of declines in the volume of production, for major commodities like wheat.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “A WORLD-FIRST maternal pedigree collection tag system suitable for sheep, cattle and goats will have its final production-proofing trial in a New South Wales sheep flock next month.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “YOUNG foxes have lived on sheep meat and native animals in Western Australia’s wheatbelt outside of normal lambing times, Murdoch University research has found.
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “FOUR years into the collaboration, the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association (ASWGA) and Australian Country Spinners (ACS) have developed a global craft following.
Driven by the need to diversify their markets, ACS launched the exclusive line of Australian Superfine Merino by Cleckheaton last year to 7000 knitters in Times Square, New York, as part of Vogue Knitting LIVE.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN wool prices held their ground despite increased supplies on the auction market this week. AWEX’s rebased benchmark Eastern Market Indicator closed the week down one cent to 1524c/kg clean.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “IT was another week of uncertainty in the wool forward and spot price markets., with buyers and sellers reticent to commit and no clear signals from downstream processors.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN wool growers will vote on a recommendation to wind-up Graziers’ Investment Company Limited, on October 11 this year, GIC chairman Barry Walker announced today.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Karolin MacGregor, Tasmanian Country – “INTENSIVE lamb finishing has been a big part of Stephen Creese’s farming operations for decades.
This year the Clovelly Tasmania enterprise Mr Creese oversees as managing director, will turn off about 34,000 prime lambs.
Later this month he will share some of the lessons he has learned about intensive lamb finishing as a guest speaker at the annual Red Meat Updates event on July 28 from 9am until 5.30pm at the Tramsheds at Inveresk in Launceston.”
NZ FARMER – by John Morgan – “Hawke’s Bay romney breeder Tony Parker, 86, recognised at the Sheep Industry Awards for his “significant contribution” to the industry, was lambasted and ostracised when he promoted revolutionary methods of measuring a sheep’s performance in the 1960s.
Recalling the start of a system that is now accepted practice, he says the “wonderful, simple logic” of performance measuring proved irresistible when he first heard it in 1955.
The advice came from Massey University Professor Al Rae speaking to a farmers’ meeting at Waimarama.”