ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Cara Jeffery – “After just two years on the boards, 23-year-old Riverina shearer Nicki Guttler has set some impressive tallies.
She can now shear 205 crossbred lambs a day or 130 head when she is tackling Merino ewes.
Ms Guttler hails from a mixed farming property near Lockhart and started off as a woolhandler before she took up the shears.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Rueben Hale – “The softening wool market has been blamed for an almost 1000-bale shortfall at the Western Wool Centre last week.
The Australian Wool Exchange raised hopes of the biggest wool offering in 51/2 years, but many sellers lost their enthusiasm to help hit the 13,842-bale target after prices fell by 20-40c/kg.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “THE Royal Bathurst Show was blessed by great autumn days and crisp, beanie-wearing evenings.
The organisers and volunteers have done our city and surrounds a great service once again.
Our show is a great mix of all things country, with displays of all types of cars, trucks and machinery and lots of families just having fun.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “HIGH prices across the Merino sheep commodities are not leading producers back into the industry.
Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation’s latest industry survey showed more sheep producers than ever were looking to retain ewes.
But industry is saying producers of other commodities are not likely to turn to sheep, and increasingly tight supply will continue to support prices.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “NEARLY $50 of profit can separate the highest and lowest performing Merino wethers.
All wether teams in the 2016-18 Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Wether trial have now been shorn, averaging 17.9 micron and 6.24kg of greasy wool.
Fleece values for the 45 teams varied $22.22 per sheep when based on the five year average price, but the difference was even starker in current price terms, with a $35.37 gap between the top and bottom returns.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Shepparton News – “Australia is losing significant market share to countries marketing non-mulesed wool and needs to be tapping into a lucrative market for non-mulesed wool by breeding sheep free of body wrinkle and with a bare breech, according to NSW Merino breeder Chad Taylor.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is set to undertake a major strategic research direction change to address rapidly rising wool harvesting costs and the largest single on-farm direct expense for wool growers – shearing.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Alannah Greenwood – “It was a surreal moment for Daysdale’s Georgia Reeve when she heard her name echo through the hall as the winner of the 2017 AWEX/TAFE National Graduate Wool Classer Competition held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
She froze for what she said felt like minutes waiting for the announcer to see if her name being called was a mistake.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “MEAT and Livestock Australia says there has rarely been a time when sheep producers have had a stronger incentive to retain ewes.
Acting ABARES chief commodity analyst Trish Gleeson said recently cash income for sheep farms was expected to increase to an average of $133,000 per farm this financial year, about 70 per cent above the 10- year average.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “ONE segment of the lamb market to watch edging closer to winter is the flow of Merinos into saleyards and direct to processors.
It has been suggested that more Merino lambs have been carried on for longer this production year because of the lure of extra wool income, and saleyard data supports this theory.”