THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “A SMALLER than expected offering drove prices higher in the wool market last week.
Almost all micron indicators recorded big gains across all three selling centres, with Fremantle taking the honours for the biggest micron lift.
In the west the 22 micron indicator lifted by 100c/kg.
Other impressive gains included 18 micron and 19 micron in Sydney, which lifted 73c/kg and 70c/kg.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Benalla Ensign – “After fears lack of numbers may see the end of the annual Benalla Sheep and Wool Fair, a boost in exhibits at the 30th annual fair organised by the local Strong Wool Breeders Association has secured the future of the event for at least another year.”
PORT LINCOLN TIMES – “Twelve months after it was launched, the South Australian Sheep Industry Blueprint is on track to deliver its overarching aim of a 20 per cent increase in productivity and value in the state’s sheep industry by 2020.”
STOCK & LAND – “During May this year, two students who were awarded with the Fox & Lillie Rural scholarship at Longerenong College will undertake industry placement at the company, gaining valuable exposure into the wool industry.”
WELLINGTON TIMES – by Geoff Plasto – “Dry weather has certainly settled in and with cold mornings and our first frost. I’m told by an expert rain predictor that moisture is due on Thursday week.
Dubbo last Thursday 4300 prime cattle penned in a fair quality yarding with far western cattle present in large numbers. It was a cheaper market. Trade young cattle fell 15 cents, young feeder steers lost 18 cents with the feeder heifers only down 7 cents.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Sally Cripps – “The Palaszczuk government has moved quickly to amend licensing regulations that threatened to strangle large-scale exclusion fencing projects it had invested millions of dollars in.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Ian Alexander passed away unexpectedly in Sydney aged 85 years, on Sunday April 2.
A grazier of pioneering stock he was born on October 20, 1931 at Fairview Private Hospital Moree, to Frederick John and Florence Josephine Alexander. Governess educated on the family property, Murki at Boomi in north-western NSW, he later attended the Knox Grammar school in Sydney where he excelled academically and was remembered as one of the kindest boys at the school. Declining a scholarship to BHP and later the opportunity to manage a cattle ranch in Argentina, he elected instead to return to Murki.”
YASS TRIBUNE – by Phil Graham, South East Local Land Services – “April’s pasture growth rate was 22 kgDM/ha/day and in calculating this figure, I have allowed for the patches of dead grass in the paddock (I estimated this to be 20 per cent). The areas of green pasture would have grown about 27 kg/day for the month.”
NZ FARMER – “Farmers withdrew 14 per cent of the crossbred offering despite an improved bidding tone at the Christchurch wool sale last week.
Renewed activity from wider Asian markets provided slightly improved prices from the last sale on April 20, particularly for longer lambs or early-shorn hogget wools.”
STOCK & LAND – by Jeanette Severs – “The dual purpose reputation of the Merino sheep was illustrated at Gippsland’s annual wether production trial recently.
This was the third year of the three-year trial – every year is an opportunity to assess and value fleeces off the five wethers from 17 participants from Gippsland Hume and Yass.”