NZ FARMER – by Kate Taylor – “A Hawke’s Bay ram breeder has had hundreds of students through his gates, but none quite like Silja Alamikkotervo, he tells Kate Taylor… Not only does the One Stop Ram Shop offer a variety of sheep breeds, but there’s usually a variety of nationalities as well.
Hundreds of students and wwoofers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) have been through its gates but none have impressed host Robin Hilson as much as Finnish teenager Silja Alamikkotervo.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Tomorrow’s Wagin Woolorama will kick off amid a period of skyrocketing Australian wool prices.
The sustained high prices of recent months soared to new levels last week when the Eastern Market Indicator hit a magical 1500 cents/kg, and the Western Market Indicator an even higher 1547c/kg.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “THE sheep industry is making moves for a “campaign of diligence” on the spread of ovine brucellosis.
Industry heavyweights are continuing to encourage farmers to only buy rams from breeders who test for OB, and there are calls for a toughening up on the sale of rams at saleyards.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Emma Field, Jamie-Lee Oldfield & Natalie Kotsios – “AUSTRALIAN farm incomes and profits are tipped to be the highest in 20 years after a bumper winter crop and excellent wool, sheep and cattle returns.
That’s according to official forecaster the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences latest agricultural commodities report released at yesterday’s Outlook conference.”
THE TIMES OF INDIA – by Shivan Azadl – TNN – “DEHRADUN: Uttarakhand’s indigenous wool products will now be sold under the brand name ‘Uttarakhand Wool.’ The brand name and logo were unveiled on Wednesday at a conference in Dehradun in which the state chief secretary S Ramaswamy along with officials from the animal husbandry department as well as a number of sheep and goat rearing farmers of the state were present. The move will help the state’s wool products be marketed better and sold through various online platforms, officials said.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Andrew Marshall – “It’s set to be a year broadacre farmers will remember for all the right reasons – their best in two decades, in fact.
An exceptional spring, a bumper grain harvest and soaring livestock prices have pushed Australia’s anticipated average broadacre farm cash income to $216,000 for this financial year.”
THE STANDARD – by Erin McFadden – “Western Victorian sheep industry stakeholders have said the shearing industry had changed from the abusive environment for sheep that it once was. Responding to a People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaign about the mistreatment of sheep during shearing, a sheep producer and a shearing contractor said better training of shearers had eliminated much of the mistreatment of sheep during shearing.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Mark Phelps – “SPECIALIST South East Queensland woolgrower David Bartlett says he was stunned by news of massive payouts to former Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) employees, saying the priority must be to develop profitable and enduring markets for woolgrowers.”
ABC NEWS – ABC RURAL – by Anna Vidot – “The value of Australia’s agricultural sector is tipped to break another record this financial year, peaking at $63.8 billion.
But after three years of solid growth, the national commodity forecaster expects it will be a high-water mark which will remain unmatched for at least five years. “
STAR WEEKLY – “Police are on the hunt for thieves who fleeced about $70,000 worth of wool from a Laverton North business over the weekend.
Brimbank Crime Investigation Unit believe the unknown offenders broke into the Boundary Road premises about 3am on Sunday morning.”