BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Erin McFadden – “Shearers picked up lambs and slammed them into the ground, while others stomped on sheep’s heads and necks, a court has heard.
The four Wimmera shearers faced Horsham Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Natimuk’s Bradley James Arnold, Horsham’s Jake Lachlan Williams, Hamilton’s Lindsay David Gillin and Keith’s Graham Ivan Batson, all pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.”
THE ARMIDALE EXPRESS – by Rachel Baxter – “Each year, the pavilion exhibits everything from wool to fine art – showcasing talent from across the region.
Some of the most dedicated people involved in the exhibiting are the Pearson family.”
BOMBALA TIMES – by Stephen Burns – “Sheep producers looking for quality stock came from Victoria, the Riverina, and Southern Tablelands to compete with Monaro buyers on the 16,000 Merino ewes and wethers, and first-cross ewes and wethers listed for sale at the annual Landmark Bombala circuit sale.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week starting 27/2/17:
Last week’s trade saw good results across all microns in all three selling centres, with the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) continuing its recent trend by gaining 9c/kilogram to finish the week at 1,449c/kilogram .”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Michelle Stanley – “Foreign investment is the answer to stop the decreasing trend in Australia’s livestock industry, according to general manager of Fletcher’s International Exports, Greg Cross.
Mr Cross said when lamb and sheep meat products processor Fletcher’s opened its processing facility in Narrikup, 400 kilometres south of Perth, 19 years ago, Western Australia’s total livestock number was at roughly 37 million head.”
THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – by Sally Rae – “Lucas Smith may have been the worst shepherd ever to set foot on Simons Hill Station but the experience proved life-changing.
The young entrepreneur is now at the helm of a foot-care business, using merino wool, that has plans to expand into the United States, Canada and possibly Australia in the next year.”
THE NARACOORTE HERALD – “… Highlights included a spectacular wool section with a record number of entries of 100 fleeces.
Local wool classer and convenor Alan McGurk said the generosity of the community was astounding, with woolgrowers happy to support the show and the majority choosing to donate their fleeces after judging, enabling the proceeds to be used for the benefit of local community groups.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WESTERN Australian sheep producers have been urged to drench all their sheep now and monitor flocks for flystrike after heavy falls of unseasonal rain across the state in recent weeks.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN wool has shown its versatility to hundreds of thousands of textile manufacturers, retailers and designers and consumers at recent key global trade events in the northern hemisphere.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – “TWENTY-FOUR bullocks pulling a wagon was an impressive sight in the early days – and it is even more so now. Our image shows two wagonloads of wool being taken into Bathurst from Freemantle Station.”