QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “EXHIBITOR Chris Clonan, Alfoxton Merino stud, Armidale had a hard enough time juggling his 12 exhibits at the State Sheep Show let alone the armfuls of ribbons and prizes he took home with him.
After missing last year’s event Mr Clonan made up for his absence in Charleville taking out all four grand champions and three supreme exhibit titles.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “LAST weekend’s widespread rain was well received by most sectors of rural industry and ground temperatures are still warm enough for some pasture growth before winter sets in.
The Bathurst basin was looking dreary after some hard frosts but most livestock have held their condition fairly well.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “DRUG and alcohol testing in shearing sheds has been proposed in an effort to tackle widespread reports of methamphetamine, or “ice”, abuse in the Australian wool industry.
A national taskforce, including the Australian Shearing Contractors Association (SCAA), National Farmers Federation (NFF), Australian Workers Union (AWU) and Wool Producers Australia (WPA), was formed late last year to curb escalating concerns about the use of ice and alcohol.”
THE TRANSCONTINENTAL PORT AUGUSTA – by Matt Carchich – “Port Augusta university student Amelia Gibson has been announced as one of 15 recipients of the annual Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) 2017 Horizon Scholarship.
Fifteen Horizon Scholars were announced this week following an extensive judging process focused on the applicants’ commitment to agriculture, leadership impact and potential, plus career aspirations.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AN investment plan to benefit sheep, goat and cattle production across Australia’s rangelands will be developed in a project supported by Meat & Livestock Australia.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “SHEEP flow trials with electronic ear tag scanners are continuing across Victoria this month after a demonstration at the Wycheproof saleyards recently.”
ABC – TRIPLE J HACK – by James Purtill – “The shearers shake their heads and won’t talk about drugs. “We have to work with each other,” they say.
It’s lunch break at a station near Gundagai, deep in the Riverina region of New South Wales – a place of flat plains, warm weather, plenty of water, and millions of sheep. The shearing shed, where I’ve come to learn about drugs, is over 100 years old, dense with cobwebs and chalk marks. These days it gets rented out as a fancy wedding venue, but the flock of thousands still has to get its coat clipped.”
FARMING AHEAD – by Kristy Moroney – ” … Top performers of the 2016-17 year include sheep-meat and wool producers who are expected to enjoy a once-in-a-decade 70 per cent increase in cash flow. Sheep farm businesses have gone from earning $88,600 (2015-16) to $133,000 (2016-17) on average.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kate Dowler – “THE mixed market signals continued this week at wool auctions across the country. The Eastern Market Indicator gradually declined throughout the week to close 12c/kg lower at 1522c/kg, driven mainly by falls in the Melbourne market.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield and Emma Field – “BROADACRE farm cash income is likely to reach its highest in more than 20 years, but dairy income has plummeted.
And industry says costs are growing at a faster rate.
Producers of sheep, lambs and wool have come out on top for the 2016-17 year, with their farm cash income about 70 per cent above the 10 year average.
Reduced wool production meant sheep farm cash income declined slightly in 2015-16, but is expected to rise to average $133,000 per farm this year, with high prices for all the sectors commodities.”