THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – “One of the many tireless workers and competitors during the World shearing and woolhandling championship in Invercargill earlier this month has been rewarded with a big win on the eve of the 57th Golden Shears.
The three-day Golden Shears start in Masterton today, with Alexandra woolhandler Pagan Karauria heading north with the dream of winning Golden Shears Open title for the first time on Saturday night.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Bridget Carter and Scott Murdoch – Expanding Chinese group Nanshan is ramping up its Australian exposure and is believed to have approached veteran stockbroker Colin Bell to run the ruler over his farming and agricultural empire.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – ” TURNING to science to run a sheep business has placed Ben and Cheryl Duxson and their Glendemar Multi Purpose Merino stud firmly at the top of the flocks.
Ben may be the fifth generation of his family to breed Merinos at Marnoo in Victoria’s Wimmera region, but his approach is anything but traditional. So much so he looks outside the sheep industry, to cropping, for his vision.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “SHEEP and irrigation are a rare coupling, but it’s a double-act that’s paying dividends for Victorian sheep producers Andy and Andrea McNaughton.
It was in 2012, at the end of a drought, that the McNaughtons — sixth-generation wool growers from Seaspray in Gippsland — reassessed their operation and dramatically altered course.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WOOL prices have risen yet again, with vendors receiving up to 20 per cent more than valuation.
John Higgins and son Chris sold two thirds of their 17-18 micron Merino clip at the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne last week, which sold between 100c/kg and 120c/kg more than expected.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – ” THE Eastern Market Indicator rose yet again last week to 1449c/kg, its highest point in 29 years.
According to the Australian Wool Industries Secretariat, the EMI’s season average is now 1346c/kg, compared with 1248c/kg in the same week last year. It is well above the season average of 1198c/kg achieved in 2011-12, the last time there was a market boost. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Beale – ““The circus has come to town,” Queensland Nationals Senator Barry O’Sullivan chimed during a Senate Estimates hearing scrutinising Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) expenditure.
This set the argy-bargy tone between NSW Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm who fired the main questions to AWI’s chief executive Stuart McCullough about the industry group’s spending on the delivery of the WoolPoll – a three-yearly vote by woolgrowers on their levy contribution.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “Bill and David Hume conduct some of their most productive chats out in the sheepyards as they go through the various classes of sheep in their romney stud flock and make decisions about which individuals to cull.
The Pirinoa, southern Wairarapa father and son have been a team since David was very young notes Bill, although the partnership was put on hold for about a decade while David went to university and did his OE.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Jess Davis and Rachel Hayter – “Australia’s peak shearing body says animal cruelty cases heard in western Victoria this week have forever changed the industry.
Four men pleaded guilty to a combined total of 60 animal cruelty charges in the Horsham Magistrates Court on Monday.”
NZ FARMER – by Kate Taylor – “Careful, it’s a wee bit older than I am,” says 79-year-old farmer Jack Roberts with a cheeky laugh as he watches his nephew press a bale of wool in a restored pocket press.”