STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “The current stretch of prolonged dry weather, which has seen less than 50 millimetres of rain fall on a vast area of eastern Australia during the winter growing period, has had an adverse effect on saleyard sheep prices.”
STOCK & LAND – by Nathan O’Sullivan – “*140 of 163 rams sold to $6000 (twice), av $1986
IF IT ISN’T going to rain, it might as well be a sunny spring day, and it was exactly that for the Merriman family at their 19th annual on-property ram sale held at Beverley, Boorowa, NSW.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Peter Somerville – “WOOL growers are being urged by industry groups to vote for a 1.5 per cent levy, as WoolPoll voting opened on Monday.
But Australian Wool Innovation is calling for the current 2 per cent levy to be maintained. WoolPoll gives wool growers the opportunity to vote on the percentage of funding directed from their wool levy to research, development and marketing activities.”
THE STANDARD – “The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) is backing the position of the national industry body WoolProducers Australia in advocating for a 1.5 per cent wool levy in this year’s WoolPoll.
With voting opening this week, the VFF is recommending levy payers select the 1.5 per cent option for the next three years.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “TWO stud sheep sales that were held last week achieved good results.
Duramana’s Kildara Glen sold 30 of its 38 poll dorset rams and all the border Leicesters that were offered, achieving a a good average price and a top of $1200.”
SHEEP CENTAL – by Terry Sim – “WESTERN Victorian mixed livestock producer Anthony Close will look outside the sheep industry to investigate how the Merino could be great again.”
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RURAL LIFE – by Margaret Phillips – “There will be a new trophy and a new event at this year’s New Zealand Merino Shearing championships, to be held in Alexandra later this month, organising committee member Graeme Bell says.
”The new event will be for a novice woolhandler competing for the first time ever in a competitive show,” Mr Bell said.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Kristen Frost – “Ten years on since the introduction of the National Wool Declaration (NWD), industry experts have said although steady progression has been made, moving to a completely open market is the way of the future.
Dr Kerry Hansford, AWEX Quality and Project Manager said NWDs have become a critical piece of information for buyers when making purchasing decisions.”
THE RURAL – “A large gallery of committed Merino breeders attended the annual Yarrawonga Merino and Poll Merino sale on account the Phillips family.
Hype started early with a pre-sale announcement that the South West Slopes Merino ram of the year, decorated earlier this month, had sold in a private sale agreement worth $60,000 to the Hollowmount, Tara Park, and Wurrook studs with a 50 per cent semen share being retained by Yarrawonga.”