MANDURAH MAIL – by Cam Findlay and Mal Gill – “For more than 50 years, Western Australia’s pastoral industry was driven by shearers from all over the country, filling the big sheds up north season after season.
And while those sheds are ingrained into our state psyche, the lengths those shearers went to cover the huge expanse of the state and arrive at the sheds has been relatively undocumented.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WESTERN Australian sheep flocks are expected to be at a higher risk of pregnancy toxaemia this year, following summer rains, a dry April and a higher than usual rate of twin pregnancies.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Andrew Marshall – “The Ruralco agribusiness network has posted a $12.4 million net profit after tax for the first half of 2016-17 – up 15pc on the $11.5m reported result for same period to March 31 last year.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – by Declan Martin – “A $2.8 million upgrade of the University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus is expected to be completed by July, in time for an influx of 45 students in this year’s second semester.
The upgrade, funded by the university, includes improvements to 60 bedrooms in the dormitories and the redevelopment of an existing building to be fitted out with the latest technology.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOLTRADE experienced limited buyer activity last week as the auction market continued to fluctuate.”
NZ FARMER – by Pat Deavoll – “Demand for halfbred wool can change on a dime because of its dependency on Chinese fashion and farmers are being told to expect more volatility.
Bloch & Behrens Wool (NZ) Limited general manager Palle Petersen warned a group of corriedale enthusiasts gathered in the Marble Point woolshed near Culverden that farmers should be prepared for the volatility of the halfbred wool market.”
EYRE PENINSULA TRIBUNE – “A CLEVE Area School team will fly out of Port Lincoln on Friday, May 26 to compete in this year’s National Merino Challenge.
The challenge is an enterprising competition initiated by Australian Wool Innovation which aims to test the expertise of secondary and tertiary agriculture students in competencies in the merino sheep industry.”
THE LAND – by Mandy McKeesick – “He looks out of place.
With his beard and woolly hair Max Edwards is a gentle giant amongst four-year-olds as he and his mum shepherd them down the main street of Wellington in central New South Wales.
“My Mum is my role model,” Max says fondly.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jacinta Bolsenbroek – “AFTER years of planning Mingenew farmer Darrin Lee successfully installed two towers last month to create a wireless network that covers his entire farm.
The wireless local area network completely covers his paddocks, yards, workshop and office, which Mr Lee described as “a complete smart farming solution, connecting everything from farm machines to weather and paddock stations to automate and make farm operations more efficient”.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jacinta Bolsenbroek – “THE Katanning saleyards broke records two weeks ago, with a yarding of 31,243 sheep.
The yarding was the biggest the venue had housed, featuring a very good yarding of both lambs and ewe mutton, according to Katanning saleyards manager Rod Bushell.
Mr Bushell said he had never seen more than 30,000 sheep at the Katanning yards, which opened in 2014. “