NZ HERALD – ” New Zealand shearer Allan Oldfield has rounded-off a successful season in the UK with victory in the Royal Highland Show blade shearing final in Edinburgh early today (NZ time).
From Geraldine and son of 2017 World Championships placegetter Phil Oldfield, he returns home this week after 14 months in the Northern Hemisphere, which last year provided his first win, a unique and possibly unprecedented series of wins in blade shearing, junior machine shearing and novice woolhandling.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – ” by Sue Neales – “Sitting on the steep bank of the snaking Darling River as it curves around Tolarno Station homestead is an evening ritual that fills woolgrower Rob McBride with delight.
He breathes in the sight of its slow-flowing waters shaded by gnarled red gums, the chatter of water birds and the ghosts of paddle-steamers past laden with wool and a new nation’s wealth plying Australia’s greatest inland waterway.”
DAILY LIBERAL – by Bill Tatt – “…I don’t often go to the Narromine Store Sheep sale but went to this one. Under dry conditions the bulk of the sheep on offer presented well and sold exceptionally well considering the season. Buyers came from Wagga Wagga, Forbes, Grenfell, Parkes, Dubbo with some limited local support.”
FARM IRELAND – by Anne Campbell – ” THREE top tips from Ireland’s newest record setter Mark McGeown. One: have ACDC’s back catalogue available to be played loud and long; two: train like you’re preparing for a marathon and three: have the best team around you.
That, in three over simplified steps, is how Mark, a dad of three from Annaverna in Ravensdale, managed to set an Irish record for sheep shearing at the recent County Louth Agricultural Show, a huge achievement even for a man who travels the world each year, shearing for a living.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WOOL supplies have slowed to a trickle and buyers are scrambling to fill international orders in WA before the annual July market recess.
It has been an exceptional season, with quality wool on offer and more of it – an increase of 80,520 bales or 4.68 per cent on last season Australia wide at this stage – and sold for record prices, but in WA it has reached an end.”
FARM WEEKLY – “THE new age of agriculture is upon us, with advances in technology opening opportunities in the face of an increasingly uncertain climate.
Despite a difficult start to the season, farmers will receive the support they have come to expect from exhibitors at this year’s Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days, with more than 700 businesses booked to attend in the face of an uncertain year.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A FRESH female face has joined predominantly older male buyers in the auction room at the Western Wool Centre (WWC).
Swan Wool Processors Pty Ltd’s administration assistant Georgie Foley, 20, last week sat at the back of the auction room among the buyers processing paperwork for the lines of wool the East Fremantle company was buying. “
THE BORDER MAIL – “Suffolks will be the stars of the Sheep Show at the upcoming Sheepvention in Hamilton.
The Hamilton Pastoral and Agricultural Society will present Sheepvention 2017 on August 7 and 8 at the Hamilton Showgrounds.
Competitions on offer will include The Hamilton and Western District Sheep Show, The Coprice Victorian Farm Dogs Competition, Australasian Young Designer Wool Awards, Ram Sale, Inventions Awards, Wool Handling and Young Auctioneers Event.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Tim Miller – “Captain James Cook’s landing at Ship Cove in the Marlborough Sounds in 1773 with the first sheep to enter New Zealand was re-enacted on the lake, with a stuffed merino sheep and a frozen pig playing leading roles.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “VEGAN wool is the aim of a new prize being sponsored by animal rights group People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals at the 2018 Biodesign Challenge in the United States.”