SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Rebecca Moore – “Invercargill shearer Leon Samuels has broken a world record – shearing 605 ewes in eight hours on Monday.
The previous record holder, Stacey Te Huia, of Te Kuiti, had held the record for 603 sheep since December 2010.
The eight-hour strongwool ewe-shearing record win was held at Argyle Station, near Waikaia, north of Gore.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “Ten central west producer groups are hoping it will be a case of second time lucky as they await news of the latest successful applicants of the Remote Area Planning and Development Board-administered cluster fencing program..”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – by Taylor Jurd – “Working and trial dogs and their owners will converge on Molong next month for the New South Wales State Championship Sheep Dog Trials.
Organisers of the event, the Molong Sheepdog Workers Committee, have said that there has been a good response so far, with interest form competitors coming in from as far as Western Australia.”
NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “Awatere Valley merino farmer Simon Harvey was once told by his father, John, a former sawmiller, “do the simple things well, and you are half way there.”
Harvey, with wife Lynda and son Tom, recently won the inaugural Marlborough Sheep and Beef Farmer of the Year Award.
A field day held at the Harveys’ Glen Orkney, and Stronsay properties at the head of the Medway River attracted farmers, sheep and beef representatives and sponsors.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – SA Country Hour – by Cherie von Horchner – “Having a plane makes life easier when you live on a large outback property.
Checking water points, fences and hunting feral pests can take hours or even days depending on how much country needs covering.
Luke Mashford lives on Katalpa Station, 240 kilometres north-east of Broken Hill, and says his sporty recreational Foxbat, nicknamed Pumpkin, makes it easier to manage his livestock.”
THE HERALD – by Alan Simpson – “YOUNG Scots farmers are calling for an industry summit amid fears they are being increasingly priced out of the sector which faces dire consequences unless radical changes are introduced.”
WARWICK DAILY NEWS – Kelly Butterworth – “FOUR Darling Downs sheep studs will offer up their top rams at the Elite Flock Ram sale in Inglewood this Friday.
A total of 52 rams will be on offer at the Inglewood Show- grounds, and are expected to sell to strong competition.
Selling agent Peter Sealy from Elders Toowoomba said there was a good mix of breeds at the auction, now in its third year.”
NEW ZEALAND HERALD – THE COUNTRY – “Another World shearing record attempt has been given the all-clear to go ahead in Southland today (Monday) with Leon Samuels tackling a record of 603 strongwool ewes in eight hours.”
CROOKWELL GAZETTE – by Bronwyn Haynes – “This year will see the Taralga Flock Ewe competition reach its 14th anniversary.
The competition will be on Tuesday, February 28 with the sheep entries being judged on-farm.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A NATIONAL release of a new calicivirus agent against rabbits will go ahead next month despite the RSPCA suggesting it be delayed.”