SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “IRISH sheep shearer Mark McGeown has broken the country’s ewe shearing record at his first attempt. The Ravensdale shearer shore 514 ewes in eight hours at the County Louth Agricultural Show at Bellurgan Park on June 11 to break the previous record.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Darren Gray – “Confidence levels have surged among Victorian and NSW farmers thanks to record beef, lamb and mutton prices, and favourable seasonal conditions in Victoria and the NSW Riverina, a survey shows.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL grower-owned Graziers Investment Company has declared no monies owed or due to Australian Wool Innovation following a past bail-out arrangement between the companies over GIC assets in India.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Andrew Marshall – “It’s not raining where it’s badly needed, but farmers across much of Australia are more optimistic about their industry’s outlook than they have been for at least two years.
Most of that optimism is still riding on the back of positive sentiment sweeping the sheep and beef sectors where historically high prices for sheepmeat, wool and beef continue rewarding livestock producers with healthy cash flows.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Travis King – “THERE is a marked difference in today’s sheep industry to where it sat when Mal Thomson took over the family farm at the age of 24.
That was in 1989, when the passing of his father meant Mal was thrust into running the family’s South Stirlings property, Keelocking South.
Mal was in Perth at the time, working and playing football for Claremont.
He said he had to make a decision as to whether to sell the property or head back and farm it. “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alex Sampson – “VICTORIAN farmer confidence has risen to a two-year high, with the state’s farmers now the most positive in the country.
The confidence has been underpinned by good seasonal conditions and high beef, lamb, mutton and wool prices.
The “fantastic” start to the season has led to an improvement in confidence across all commodities in the state, with dairy leading the pack, according to the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey, released today.”
NZ FARMER – by Rob Tipa – “The Paterson Family from the Armidale Merino Stud at Gimmerburn has added to its impressive record in sheep breeding this season with its success as the overall winner of the New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition.
Simon and Allan Paterson won both the fine wool and crossbred sections for the best ewe hoggets in their respective classes and won the Alliance Cup and the Royal Agricultural Society Medal as overall winners of the national contest.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Knitwear apparel exporters from the Tiruppur cluster are keen on developing and marketing wool-based products, considering that there is a huge potential for them in the global market, according to The Woolmark Company. The company recently conducted a secondary level workshop to impart knowledge about merino wool to exporters and manufacturers.
The Woolmark Company had also conducted a workshop in Tiruppur on the natural properties of merino wool in June last year. A few companies from the cluster had also developed garment samples using the wool, said Arti Gudal, country manager, The Woolmark Company in a press release. “
DEVON LIVE – by Mid Devon Gazette – “British Wool will be showcasing the work that it carries out on behalf of its wool producers at NSA Sheep South West in Tiverton.
The event takes place at Ayshford, Westleigh, Tiverton, on Tuesday June 20.
Throughout the day, British Wool representatives will update visitors on recent improvements in the business that will deliver better value and service for producers as well as the latest wool values for this year’s clip.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “A GROWING number of farmers in NSW are becoming more flexible with their shearing times and bringing it forward to shear with between six and eight months’ wool.
The trend follows record lamb and wool prices.”