THE WEEKLY TIMES – Image by Chloe Smith – “IT’S a black-and-white approach to lambing at the Hinchliffes’ farm in western Victoria, where blackfaced Dorpers meet Poll Dorset-White Suffolk-East Friesian ewes.
A good autumn break has ensured a smooth start to lambing.”
THE STANDARD – “Kathy and Trevor Mibus of “Glenara Merinos” at Dunkeld are the Hamilton region winners of this year’s fleece competition run by the Australian Superfine Woolgrowers Association (ASWGA).
The winners of the grand champion title in the national competition were Ed & Jill Hundy of “Windradeen”, Pyramul, near Mudgee in NSW.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – NSW Country Hour by Sally Bryant – “A strong family attachment to a sheep farm in the New South Wales southern Highlands is drawing to a close, as the Ashtons clear the decks at Markdale near Crookwell.
The farm has been sold by the Ashton family, ending a nearly century long attachment to the rolling hills.
A selection of furniture and artworks from the Markdale house has gone up for auction, as the family prepares for their final departure from the property.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “PREDICTING weather conditions and the direct impact seasonal changes have on enterprises is the crystal ball every farmer wants to own.
Flystrike threats, feed production and optimal joining times all hinge on climate predictions, which is why this week, the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) launched web-based app, ASKBILL.”
FARMING AHEAD – by Kristy Moroney – “When compared to the same time last year, Elders made an improvement to the tune of $12.3 million.
Elders CEO Mark Allison said improved summer cropping conditions helped boost earnings from the company’s retail operations by $6.5 million.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Pyramul fine wool producers, the Hundy family, have been crowned the prestigious Cleckheaton Grand Champion Superfine Fleece Trophy during the annual Australian Superfine Woolgrowers’ Association (ASWGA) annual conference in Hamilton, Victoria.”
THE RURAL – by Stephen Burns – “During the 88th Merino ewe competition run under the auspices of the Berridale Agricultural Bureau, judge Richard Chalker, Lach River Merinos, Darby’s Falls, noted the focus on good ‘fronts’ in many of the 14 flocks entered, concerned as they are, with producing as much wool as possible.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “AGRICULTURE students and other interested people attended a wool classing workshop at an Elmore property on Wednesday. The workshop included a presentation on the history of the Merino breed, and a hands-on session on wool classing.
Elders Bendigo district wool manager Adam Millard, who organised the event, said it was positive to see such a good turn-out of young people.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “… LAST week’s sheep classing workshop for agriculture students at St Stanislaus’ College was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the participants to talk one-on-one to one of Australia’s foremost merino specialists.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Shepparton News – “The Strong Wool Breeders Association’s 30th Strong Wool Sheep and Wool Fair attracted breeders from southern NSW and central and north-east Victoria to Benalla on May 7.
There were excellent entries from Cheviot, English Leicester, Lincoln, Border Leicester, Drysdale and Perendale breeds, along with more than 40 fleeces and good craft entries and displays.”