THE AUSTRALIAN – by Meredith Booth – “A previously lost watercolour by Australian landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen, whose journey tells a story of the nation’s wool trade, has returned from Germany with expectations it will break sales records when it is auctioned next month…”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “THE value of Australian wool exports to China hit an all-time high for the first six months of the financial year.
China bought $1.11 billion of Australia’s wool, from July to December last year. It was a 19 per cent increase on the same selling period in 2015.
Wool volumes to China increased 13 per cent for the same period and make up 77 per cent of Australian wool exports.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “IF ANY one word accurately encapsulates Collinsville — one of Australia’s legendary Merino sheep outfits — it is big.
It is in the big dusty paddocks of South Australia’s Mid North region that the big operation with the big reputation for producing big sheep with big wool cuts that attract big prices has evolved over its more than 120 turbulent years of existence.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Claire Tyrrell – “A South Australian shearer’s Sunday afternoon turned into hard yakka when he got a phone call from a friend. “
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Tim Newman – “What is the first order of business the day after breaking the eight-hour strong ewe wool shearing world record?
Cleaning up the shearing sheds.
Leon Samuels and wife Ngawai spent Tuesday morning tidying up the debris from the 605 sheep shorn on Monday at Argyle Station in Waikaia. “
INTEREST.CO.NZ – Tony Chaston – “Good rains up north but central South Island sizzles as unsold wool stocks grow…”
RURAL NEWS (NZ) – by Pam Tipa – “Research into mutant sheep with the naturally occurring trait of straight rather than crimped wool may lead to new potential for wool, says AgResearch scientist Jeff Plowman.
The result may be new fibres.
“But we want to get an understanding of what drives wool fibre in the first place – what factors affect it,” Plowman told Rural News.”
ABC NEWS – by Jess Davis – “In 2005 British farmer Jim Chapman lost his left arm after he got too close to an unguarded tractor shaft.
“It was like [in] a matter of seconds, it grabbed hold of my jumper, wound me in and I went over the top of the shaft and landed on the floor without my left arm,” he said.
Mr Chapman is visiting Australia from the United Kingdom as part of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship he was awarded last year.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Alicia Perera – “A film about the lives of shearers who drove the North West sheep industry in the days before mining will soon be released, giving insight into a little-known slice of WA’s history.
Shearers — The Truck Days has been made by WA pastoral representative body the Shearers and Pastoral Workers Social Club to chronicle the history of northern shearers in the 1920s-1960s, when they travelled the vast distances between stations packed onto trucks.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales – “Wimmera farmer Tim Loats, like his father and grandfather, is a proud sheep and grain man.
While many farmers in key cropping regions have abandoned traditional mixed sheep and grain operations in the past two decades in favour of a sole focus on more profitable broadacre cropping, Mr Loats has stuck to the family tradition — and now he is prospering.”