QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “AGRICULTURAL workforces aren’t the only ones facing increased productivity threats driven by the inflated use of the illegal drug ‘ice’ by employees.
But the shearing industry is taking proactive steps to address work-place health and safety dangers, ignited by the national methamphetamine use epidemic that’s hitting regional Australia particularly hardest.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER
STAFFORDSHIRE NEWSLETTER (UK) – by Kerry Ashdown – “A CHAMPION sheep shearer near Stafford has conquered the Southern Hemisphere with his skills by taking the top spot in a speedy New Zealand contest.
Nick Greaves, of Gayton, was inspired from a young age by grandfather David Short, who was a shearer and Wool Board judge.”
NZ FARMER – by Pita Alexander – “OPINION: Let’s get the negatives out of the way first. We need $105 – $115 for each head of lamb otherwise there is a risk that sheep numbers will drop further.
New Zealand has come down over 35 years from 71 million sheep to 28 million and on this basis with less lamb to sell you would hope that values would increase sharply but this hasn’t really happened…”
BOMBALA TIMES – “DNA Parentage testing of progeny from multiple sire mating groups significantly improves the accuracy of breeding values associated with their bloodlines, a new trial has found.
A genomic validation trial conducted in conjunction with Australian Wool Innovation, Sally Martin Consulting, Moses & Son, and Bluechip Livestock, used Sheep CRC DNA tests to identify parentage of the progeny of 300 ewes that had been joined in a syndicate mating program and found huge variation in the number of progeny sired by each ram. “
NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “Marlborough merino breeders are gearing up for the country’s longest running commercial two tooth ewe competition.
Judges Ian Stevenson, of Cheviot, and Ryan O’Dea, of Australia, will visit seven merino breeders in the Awatere and Wairau Valley’s from April 3-5.
The merino flocks entered in the competition are from The Muzzle, The Bounds, Blairich, Monaghan, Mt Gladstone, The Jordan and Glenlee.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Jamie Searle – “Despite retiring two years ago, Peter Mirrielees doubts he will give up shearing completely.
He has shorn in Southland and Central Otago for 43 years and worked for major contractors Peter Lyon, Darin Forde and Spain & Smith.
Work days went from 7am to 5pm, with one hour lunches and two 30-minute breaks.
“I couldn’t tell you one farmer I didn’t like,” Mirrielees, 70, said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “CHAMPION New Zealand shearer Rowland Smith is as busy as his country’s Prime Minister – and that’s just in his spare time.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WELLARD Limited’s Beaufort River Meats is the first Western Australian meat processor to receive electronic National Vendor Declarations from sheep producers.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A FOOTROT vaccine available for all but rare strains of the debilitating sheep hoof disease has been developed by the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science.”