CAMBRIDGE NEWS – by Tom Pilgrim – “The beginners’ course at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate covered how to sheep shear with blades… Visitors to the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate have been offered a special course in how to shear a sheep using a traditional method.”
TRIB LIVE – WESTMORELAND – by Dillon Carr – ” Spring showers dampened more than moods this year.
Toni Ritchie, who owns 10 sheep and four lambs at her farm in Forbes Road, Salem Township, had to wait a month for their fleece to dry before shearing them.
Sheep usually are sheared from January through March, Ritchie said. But this year she had to wait out the rain. “
THE CANBERRA TIMES – by Andrew Brown – “The initial forecast for Canberra was for a wet and woolly weekend, and while the rain held off, it delivered on the woolly part.
A Celebration of Wool took over Kingston’s Old Bus Depot Markets on Saturday, with more than 45 stalls showcasing everything from yarn, to rugs and even knitted jumpers.”
THE AUSTRALIAN DAIRY FARMER – “The research, part of Commonwealth Bank’s bi-annual Agri Insights survey, shows farmers are preparing to boost spending and realise opportunities by hiring more staff, getting their families more involved and by using more contractors and advisers.
Investment in the beef, wool and lamb sectors, in particular, is expected to strengthen dramatically on the back of strong prices and record grain harvests. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “A FEW hours into judging at the Queensland State Sheep Show in Charleville and the Jolly Jumbuck Poll Merino Stud, Mitchell has already claimed their first Grand Championship.
Felicity, Charlie and Lachie Brumpton were awarded the Grand Champion All Purpose Merino with a ram from their stud, Jolly Jumbuck Poll Merinos.”
TECH NEWS – AFP Relaxnews – “Alessandro Sartori, artistic director of the Ermenegildo Zegna group, has unveiled details of a new textile project being spearheaded by the brand, which combines craftsmanship with nanotechnology to eliminate crease lines from wool forever.
According to WWD, the brand aims to fuse fashion with science to develop a crease-resistant wool fiber which will “prevent felting so that the fabric can be machine washable while retaining wool’s natural hygroscopic features”.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – By Eric Barker and Andre Crothers – “Queensland’s best Merino sheep genetics are on show in the outback town of Charleville this weekend as the state aims to repair the wool industry. Stud Merino breeders from as far as South Australia made the trip to south-west Queensland for the Queensland State Sheep Show, which runs Friday and Saturday.
Queensland Merino Stud Sheep Breeders Association president Max Wilson said the show was a great opportunity to show off the state’s genetics to the rest of Australia.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “THE Victorian Rural Women’s Network (RWN) will be re-established on 1 July, 2017, with funding secured in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford made the announcement at the annual Women in Agriculture Forum at Parliament House on Friday, and was met with cheers and applause by the crowd of about 60 women from rural and regional Victoria.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 19 May 2017 (Week 46)
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MERINO wool auction price trends varied across Australia this week; falling in Melbourne, while rising in Fremantle and holding relatively firm in Sydney.”