ATLAS OBSCURA – by Karen Gardiner – “Concerned islanders are rethinking old traditions to ensure the survival of this very special breed…”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Shorn wool production in 2017-18 will be 340 million kilograms (mkg) greasy, predicts the Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC). This is the same as the 2016-17 estimates, a 4.7 per cent rise over the 90-year low recorded in 2015-16. The rise was due to higher wool cuts per head after the excellent seasonal conditions in 2016/17.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Kim Woods – “A MOVE to double shearing combined with a balanced breeding program has generated extra profit from maiden ewes for New South Wales breeder Chad Taylor.”
WHYALLA NEWS – by Brendan Simpkins – “Farmers in the Mid North are currently experiencing a stock theft epidemic with a staggering number of stolen sheep being reported to police in recent weeks.
Over the past three weeks, Mid North police have received reports of 460 sheep being stolen from properties, with some farmers even believing that stock has been disappearing for the past six months.”
WARWICK DAILY NEWS – by Sean Teuma – “THE sheep and wool industry is in a golden period, the only thing holding it back is the prevalence of wild dogs.
That is the opinion of Karara Wild Dog Group member Bruce McLeish, who attended the Mulgowan meeting for potential cluster and exclusion fencing.”
EWN.CO.ZA – by Ilze-Marie Le Roux – “Cape Wool SA says the price has increased by 25% compared to the corresponding sale of the previous season. “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “A COMMITMENT to providing quality dual-purpose genetics to breeders has proved successful for the Koonik Dohne stud at Nurcoung.
The bloodline can now be found across Australia.
In just eight years, stud principal Fiona Cameron and her husband Darren have built Koonik from the ground up and so too its reputation through competition wins and strong sale results at major sheep shows in southeastern Australia.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – WA Country Hour by Kit Mochan – “Despite record high prices, the WA sheep flock continues to dwindle, and the trend among young farmers to move from sheep into cropping is adding to the decline.
But when agricultural students competed for glory at the state’s largest sheep show and sale, the mood was more positive.
Third-generation Kojonup sheep and grain farmer Robert Leusciatti was thrilled when his son Michael won best shearer in the Ag School Challenge at the event in Katanning, in the state’s Great Southern region.”
FARMING AHEAD – “RABOBANK’S August outlook for the nation’s agriculture industry predicts easing prices in grain, wool, sheepmeat and beef due to below average rainfall and the forecast rising value of the Australian dollar.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S largest wool handler AWH believes a 10-15 percent saving in handling charges for its broker clients is achievable through a revolutionary suite of digital data applications and “game-changer” farm-to-market wool-handling innovations.”