WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE – by Gary Caffell – “The Rowland Smith show rolled into Masterton on Saturday night.
A one-man extravaganza featuring a tall, lean 30-year-old bloke from Hastings who lives by the adage that actions speak louder than words.
And he wowed the large crowd at the War Memorial Stadium with a performance which left them virtually speechless as well.”
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.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – Posted in Rural News – Tony Chaston – “… Lamb prices hold even after Easter chilled period ends and wool price lift continues with extra volumes”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Darren Gray – “The world is going nuts for Australian farm produce as overseas markets clamour for locally grown nuts such as almonds and macadamias as well as agricultural stalwarts such as beef, lamb, wool and cotton.”
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH – by Samantha Townsend, Regional Reporter – “IT used to be click go the shears boys, but the number of women working the shearing sheds has almost doubled in the past decade.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 698 in the sheds a decade ago but the number of women doing the toughest job on the land has now rocketed to 1260.”
BOMBALA TIMES – by Stephen Burns – “Roy Robertson and his father Graham, “Lynlea”, Bookham, have entered the Bookham-Berremangra Merino ewe competition conducted under the auspices of the Bookham Agricultural Bureau since its inception to track the steady improvement of their flock.”
NZ FARMER – by Ike Williams – “OPINION: I am a passionate stud sheep breeder who wants there to be a strong future for sheep farming in New Zealand.
But what the future is, I don’t know.
I do know that I’m sick to death of listening to commentaries on the topic which are generalised generic crap, with no direction as to how we achieve their grandiose outcomes.”
BOMBALA TIMES – “A new strain of the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus is being released across the South East this week to reduce the impact of feral rabbits on agriculture and the environment.”
NZ FARMER – by Jill Galloway – “Throwing arms are being warmed up for the Hilux Rural Games, which are being held in Feilding on Friday and Palmerston North during the weekend.
Among the competition disciplines are gumboot, egg and cowpat throwing with the criteria harder for the egg thrower as one member of a two-person team has to catch the raw egg intact.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook, Rural Reporter – “A new report shows that the export value of wool from December to January dropped by 25 percent, and in the past six months it has fallen 10 percent…”