OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “When it comes to foot rot – estimated as a $10million problem for New Zealand’s sheep industry – there is no silver bullet.
But New Zealand Merino’s (NZM) production science team, led by Dr Mark Ferguson, has made a major breakthrough in the FeetFirst project, providing ram breeders with a new tool to predict an animal’s genetic resistance to foot rot.
It has been lauded as having the potential to lead to significant growth in fine wool production in regions previously unable to farm merino sheep.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release : New Zealand First Party – ” Rt Hon Winston Peters
New Zealand First Leader
Member of Parliament for Northland
10 JULY 2017
New Zealand First to Put Wool Carpets Back on the Floors of Government
New Zealand First will stop synthetic carpets being installed in government funded buildings by specifying natural fibre carpets like wool and the use of wool insulation.”
NEWS HUB – “Winston Peters is promising to boost the wool industry by forbidding the use of synthetic carpets and insulation in Government-funded buildings if NZ First is part of the next government.
“Whether a Government office or a Housing New Zealand property, where carpet is specified it will be natural wool or fibre from here on in,” he said on Monday.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “DRIER seasonal conditions have reduced clearance rates of sheep and lambs on the online livestock sale platform AuctionsPlus.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Containment yards are woolgrower Sean McDougall’s secret weapon to farm management, estimated to have returned more than $95,000 from the initial investment three years ago.
The sixth generation farmer introduced containment yards to the family’s property, Rosevale, situated at Tatyoon in Victoria’s Western District, in 2015, as a risk mitigation following years of crippling drought.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SHEEP industry specialist Phil Graham has told producers, the industry will only move forward from accurate data and progress.
The livestock systems technical specialist with the NSW Department of Primary Industries has more than 30 years’ advisory experience.
He gave his final address for the DPI at the MerinoLink conference in Goulburn, NSW, recently, handing out some home truths on the industry.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGSITER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “AWEX’s eastern market indicator started the week 18c higher after AWEX revised the contents of their ‘basket’ indicator to more accurately line up with the current woolclip. From its new level the eastern market indicator (EMI) changed only marginally to 1524c, with a loss of 1c for the week, which was actually a healthy, positive result given the 50,000 bales on offer.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Described as being “famous for a day”, winning Grand Champion title of the Australian Fleece Competition has provided more than just paparazzi-like publicity for Paul and Margy Seaman, “Rosemont”, Crookwell, NSW. “
THE SCOTTISH FARMER – ” FOUR TIMES Golden Shears champion Rowland Smith is to take on the world ‘Eight Hour Ewe Shearing’ record at the end of July, at an event in Cornwall.
The famed kiwi will attempt to shear more than 605 ewes within that eight hour timeframe – which means he will have to shear each sheep in less than 47 seconds. This current record has not been beaten since 2010. “
THE BORDER MAIL – by Nigel McKay – “Australia’s smart agriculture future has been on show at Lake Hume Resort this week.
Thirty-seven elite agriculture students from right across the nation converged on the Border for the annual Horizon Scholarship Workshop.”