OAMARU MAIL – by Daniel Birchfield – “The 50th edition of the Waimate Shears will feature a “test” between New Zealand and Australian shearers, organisers have confirmed.
Preparations are well advanced only a couple of months out from the October event, to be held for the first time in a new, purpose-built facility at the Waimate Showgrounds.
The Southern Canterbury A&P Association, which owns the 900sq m building, worked with the Waimate Shears group on its design.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Now that a few thousand kilometres of exclusion fencing are criss-crossing the western Queensland landscape, a lot of collective wisdom is emerging for those contemplating their own program.”
COUNTRY NEWS – “Producers from across the region tasted success at the Elders Riverina Sheep Expo on Friday, August 18, with hundreds turning out to the event in Deniliquin.
Awards for ewe and ram of the year, as well as performance ewe and ram of the year and best feature breed, Dohne, ram of the year were awarded.”
HERALD SUN – by Ed Gannon – “AUSTRALIA was built on the sheep’s back. How often have you heard that old chestnut?
It’s a phrase that harks back 60 years or more, when Britain was our most important trading partner, and Western District farmers were reputedly driving around paddocks in Rolls-Royces (probably not true, but it paints a great picture).”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sarah Hudson – “AS A female shearer, taking on the blokes is often the least of Leearna Cook’s concerns. Weighing in at about 55kg and measuring “five foot nothing” the 29-year-old says coming face-to-face with a 120kg stud ram can be one of the most daunting experiences.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “WOOL grower groups have thrown their support behind farmers choosing how to manage flystrike.
The Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association adopted an animal welfare policy last week that says growers can “decide their own animal husbandry procedures”.”
ABC NEWS – by Kate Lambe – “Worlds collided at the Dowerin Field Days in the Wheatbelt, with farmers getting to see some of the high fashion their wool is used to create.
The eco fashion parade featured garments made from recycled wool blankets and coffee bean bags.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “Livestock operators in the Yarrawonga area are looking to the skies for follow up rain, after a drier than average winter.
But croppers and irrigators said they were pleased with the way the season had been set up.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Shan Goodwin – “AUSTRALIA’S first online sales version of the benchmark cattle market monitor, the Eastern Young Cattle Indicator (EYCI), is now up and running.
Prominent market analysts Mecardo have created the Online Young Cattle Indicator (OYCI) in response to the growth in online livestock auctions.
Market analyst and wool and livestock trading manager Matt Dalgleish said the online platform for livestock selling was growing on the back of many advantages, including biosecurity and improved animal welfare.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “AN agricultural program at Chairo Christian School, Pakenham, was the starting point of Chevonne Willis’ farming career. The 19 year-old now runs her very own sheep stud, Harleydale Corriedale stud, with boyfriend Blayne Bridge, at her family’s property in Officer.”