THE WEEKLY TIMES – Tasmanian Country – by Karolin MacGregor – “KNITTING is making a comeback and that is good news for Tasmanian wool producers involved in a new superfine Merino program.
For the first time, premium Australian superfine wool previously used mainly in high-end suiting is now being used to produce knitting wool.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – Tasmanian Country – “IT’S a rare gift and Steve Bradshaw estimates he is only one of three people in Australia who can do his job in the shearing shed.
Mr Bradshaw, of Ross, runs Shear-Fix, a business keeping old electric stand equipment and wool presses in top order so shearing teams can do their work.
“It’s an unusual job. It’s hard to get into the business, it’s specialised,” Mr Bradshaw said.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura griffin and Joely Mitchell – “It doesn’t get much cuter than kids with lambs and sheep. Check out our gallery below of the 13 cute kids we spotted with lambs and sheep at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show.”
GOONDIWINDI ARGUS – by Mark Coulton, MP – “There are many very worthwhile employment and mentoring programmes which operate in the electorate of Parkes that achieve great outcomes for Indigenous students and young people.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “The success of WA Merino breeders at the recent Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, Victoria, is a strong indicator of the quality to be presented at the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo & Sale to be held at Katanning on August 17 and 18.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “They are the former shearers, wool classers and rouseabouts that braved the heat, isolation and warm beer of the North West.
And more than 50 years on they have still got a story to tell about an era known colloquially as “the truck days”.
Peter Letch was just a teenager from a sheep farm in Clackline when he packed up his life and went north to Fitzroy River in the Kimberley.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “The cutting of its first permanent tooth is a defining moment for an Australian lamb destined for the dinner table.
As soon as its first incisor breaks through, the animal is downgraded to mutton and sold for a lower price.
It is a sheepmeat classification system enshrined in the industry for decades, but a group of WA sheep farmers is pushing for it to change.”
PORT LINCOLN TIMES – “ROEMAHKITA Poll Merino stud had outstanding results at its 27th annual ram auction at Cummins this week with a record average of $2525, $413 up on last year.
The stud also had nearly full clearance, with 78 out of 80 rams sold in the ring, and another sold straight after the sale.”
ABC NEWS – by Laurissa Smith – “Norwegians Arne Nerjordet and Carlos Zachrison know how to spin a good yarn.
Just ask their legion of fans — mainly women — who have driven hundreds of kilometres to hear them speak at sold-out shows in Australia this week.
In fact the Scandinavian knitwear authors and designers, known for their striking patterns, have a global cult following.
It is one of the reasons why Australian Country Spinners, the Victorian company manufacturing Cleckheaton’s superfine merino knitting yarn, has teamed up with the duo.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “VICTORIA’S finest shearers and woolhandlers faced off at the state finals recently, and those who came up trumps will return to the same arena in October.
Competitors who have gained points from 17 regional events during the past year went head-to-head at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show earlier this month, vying for the state championships, and a chance to head to nationals.”