SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Business Scoop – edited by Jonathan Underhill & Patrick Smellie – Press Release – Federated Farmers – “It’s time for “big sky forward thinking” on the cost, marketing and competition challenges facing the New Zealand meat and wool sectors, Rick Powdrell says.
In his final address as Federated Farmers Meat & Fibre Industry Chairman, Mr Powdrell told delegates to the Feds’ national conference in Wellington today that tinkering at the edges of change are not going to cut it.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stephen Burns – “A Poll Merino ram, still showing his lambs teeth and weighing 127kg was judged ‘Riverina Wool Australia’ champion hogget ram at the 2017 Hay Sheep Show, sponsored by Mark Bazeley, Riverina Wool, Moama.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Clint Jasper – “Australian farmers’ record-breaking season last year has been stamped with a $62.8 billion price tag for 2016-17 by the national commodity forecaster.”
NZ FARMER – by Joyce Wyllie – “OPINION: Any child can be expected to be asked in their early life about what they want to be when they grow up.
The common question becomes a more urgent: “What are you going to do when you leave school?”
My early years living on a farm up a valley north of Gisborne leaned me towards work outdoors. My options changed as most young folk do. When heavy machinery was upgrading our road, I aspired to driving that Komatsu bulldozer.”
DUNGOG CHRONICLE – “Fancy yourself a speedy knitter? Each year teams around the world race against the clock to shear the sheep, spin the wool and knit a jumper, all in under eight hours. Their times are then lodged with international adjudicators who announce the winners on the June long weekend.”
BE GLOBAL FASHION NETWORK – by Silvia K – “The Wool Lab Autumn/Winter 2018/2019 by Woolmark at Pitti Uomo – A collection of the latest commercially available wool fabrics and yarns.
The Wool Lab Autumn/Winter 2018/19 presents seven fashion-oriented themes, presenting a collection of the latest commercially available wool fabrics and yarns. In addition, The Wool Lab Sport and The Wool Lab Denim will return this season, with each of the popular books updated to include the latest innovations and technical fabrics.”
RURAL NEWS – by Peter Burke – “By 2021, New Zealand dairying will again be enjoying times like the halcyon days of 2014, says MPI’s latest SOPI report.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Emma Field – “AUSTRALIAN farmers were confirmed as record breakers by Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences today.
ABARES estimated the gross value of farm production in 2016-17 hit a stunning $62.8 billion, driven to the highest ever level by record winter crop production and ongoing high livestock and wool prices.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “THE South African sheepmeat industry appears to be in similar shape to Australia, with higher prices as it recovers from drought and lower stock numbers.
A Dohne Merino property near Craddock last week sold lambs out of its feedlot weighing 18 to 20kg carcass weight, for 70 rand/kg, or about 730c/kg Australian.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales – “As the sun rises over his family’s wheat farm, West Australian grain grower Brad Millsteed can usually be found outside eyeing the broad sweep of sky above bare cropping paddocks.
It is a desperate rain watch the third-generation Watheroo farmer will continue for at least the next fortnight.”