THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “THE draw for the sheep Wagga sale on Thursday, March, 2 is 40,600.
It is a number that is pretty typical for this time of year.
And it is also evidence as to why the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre claims the number one position as the biggest sheep selling establishment in the country.
If you attend the sale – which many readers of The Rural possibly would at some stage – you know animal welfare is paramount.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S wool grower bodies have aligned behind the need for more industry oversight over levy expenditure after Australian Wool Innovation disclosed high ex-gratia staff severance payments at a Senate estimates hearing.”
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.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “… Mutton slaughter is also expected to be lower than last year as well, with wool prices at a 29-year high and lamb prices close to record highs, giving good reason for those people with ewes to hold on to them.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “DID prices for store sheep take a step closer to the higher returns for lamb, mutton and wool at Wycheproof last week, or did they step over what is a comfortable investment?
That was the question that arose after prices rose to $262 for young Merino ewes scanned-in-lamb to terminal rams and reached $234 for unjoined first-cross ewe lambs.”
WEST COAST SENTINEL – “With lamb and wool prices high, Eyre Peninsula sheep producers looking to increase the economic return on their livestock investment are encouraged to go along to a series of free sheep-reproduction focused workshops in early March.”
ABC NEWS – ABC RURAL – by Laurissa Smith – “he farm homestead where colonial painter John Glover captured one of the best known Australian landscapes is being lovingly restored.
For the past six months, owners of the artist’s property Patterdale, south-east of Launceston near Ben Lomond, have been stabilising the home’s foundations”
DIGITAL TRENDS – by Lulu Chang – “Merino wool isn’t just for your sweaters — it’s now for your sneakers, too. A new Kickstarter project is taking a revolutionary approach to your running habits and introducing wool to your feet. No, it’s not for your socks. It’s literally for your shoes. Promising that the small air chambers in merino wool regulate the temperature in this new-fangled runner, the team behind Giesswein says that its shoe will cool your feet in the heat of the summer, and keep them warm in the dead of winter.”
GLEN INNES EXAMINER – by Kathleen Davies – “The popular Emmaville sheep races are on again in the third week of March….”
THE DAILY ADVERTISER – by Steff Willis – “A Culcairn mother says she never imagined her farmer-boy, five-year-old son would become a star internet sensation.
Knitting a dream: Four-year-old Charlie Dunn is destined to shear. The Culcairn mini-farmer became an internet sensation this month when a shearing video went viral.”