NZ HERALD – by Christine Mckay – “Pongaroa sheep and beef farmers Shaun and Tracie Baxter have won this year’s Horizons Ballance Farm Environment Awards.
In just 14 years, the Baxters have progressed from weekend farming in a partnership on a small lease block in Hawke’s Bay to running their own 1740-hectare breeding and finishing business southeast of Dannevirke.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “IT might not seem like it now but in a few years time Amby producer Gavin Burey could wake up in the morning and find most of his jobs already completed.
The crop grower and cattle producer purchased his first Phantom 4 drone three months ago and has already begun using it to muster cattle and check water supplies.”
ABC OPEN – EXPLORE Stories from Australia – by Jan Lowing from Invisible Farmer – photo by James Nason, Queensland Country Life – “I have always wondered about all the fuss made about women taking on jobs in traditionally male professions; I wanted to class the family wool clip so it seemed natural to enroll at the Gordon Tech. in Geelong, the leading course in the late 1950s. After life in an all girls’ boarding school for ten years, I soon realised that perhaps it was going to be tougher than I expected, but after two and a half years I became the first female professional wool classer in Victoria.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Shepparton News – “Ovine Johnes disease has caused significant sheep losses in the past but is being detected in less animals inspected as part of the National Sheep Health Monitoring Project.
This trend comes out of the data collected from the 1-1.5million mutton sheep inspected every year as part of the monitoring project.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week starting 20/3/17
Similar to recent weeks, it was another strong week for the fine wool sector with the 18.5 micron indicator climbing a smart 92 cents to close at a 2,235c/kg in the North…”
MEDICAL XPRESS – “A clinical trial led by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute is challenging the myth that wool is a possible source of allergy and irritates the skin for eczema sufferers.
The study published in the British Journal of Dermatology is the first study of its kind to examine the effects of superfine merino wool on childhood eczema. The aim was to improve outcomes for babies, children and families of children suffering mild to moderate symptoms. The results showed superfine merino wool may actually reduce rather than exacerbate eczema symptoms” Credit: Murdoch Children’s Research Institute
CAMBRIAN NEWS – by Dylan Davies in Farming – “A RHYDYMAIN farmer has been elected to the British Wool’s board…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “VICTORIAN ultrafine wool growers David and Susan Rowbottom have won the prestigious Ermenegildo Zegna Vellus Aureum Trophy for the fourth consecutive year.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “A more sustained upturn in wool prices will require increased demand from China, ANZ’s latest Agri Focus report says.
New Zealand exports to China through the first half of 2016-17 tracked 37% behind the same period last year.
Reasons included lower end-product demand in Europe and the United Kingdom, a weaker Chinese currency, changed sourcing patterns to cheaper product from the UK and Mongolia, liquidation of local cotton stocks, and general high prices over the two previous seasons leading to fibre substitution and changed local fashion trends.”
NZ FARMER – by Lyn Webster – “I know a boy who wasn’t very good at school.
He wasn’t a badly behaved boy. He’d been bought up quite strictly and he knew his manners. But classrooms did not suit him, reading was difficult for him and exams were hard.
A kid like that is doomed for failure in today’s school system and gets put under a lot of pressure to do things he’s never going to succeed at.
He was never a candidate for tertiary education and all the rigmarole he was expected to engage in must have seemed like a confusing waste of time.”