THE SOUTHLAND TIMES (NZ) – by Rebecca Moore – “Maraekakaho shearer Roland Smith won back-to-back titles at the Southern Shears in Gore at the weekend.
Shearing Sports media officer Doug Laing said the major winner from the weekend was Smith, who took out first place for South Island Shearer of the Year and the Southern Shears Open title.
Smith regained both titles after winning last year, Laing said.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Zoe McMaugh – “Preparations are well underway for the forthcoming Peppin-Shaw Riverina Ewe Flock forum which will be held in the Hay district on March 7 and 8.
This is the second biennial event in the forum format which encourages landholders to put their unclassed rising one year-old ewes on display.
The aim of the forum is to discuss the attributes of the young Merino ewes, along with the various management strategies utilised by producers to breed sheep in a harsh and variable environment.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – “COUNCILLOR Bobby Bourke is on the hunt for the owner of four large rams who have made his back paddock their home.
Cr Bourke first spotted the rams more than a week ago and said they appeared to have come into his paddock from the dried-up Raglan Creek that runs behind his land.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “QUEENSLAND beef farmers David and Prue Bondfield have been crowned The Weekly Times Coles 2016 Farmer of the Year…. The other category winners were:
Cropping: Brad Jones and Kate Raston, Bungulla Farming in Tammin WA
Beef: David and Prue Bondfield, Palgrove in Dalveen QLD
Dairy: Simon and Lauren Finger from Yannathan, VIC
Horticulture: Ceravolo family, Ceravolo Orchards in Ashton SA
Sheep: Ben and Cheryl Duxson, Glendemar Merinos in Marnoo VIC… “
SCOOP INDPENDENT NEWS – Business Desk – by Rebecca Howard – “Cavalier Corp posted a sharply lower first-half profit and the carpet maker and wool scourer continues to forecast no earnings growth for the full year, although it expects improvement further down the track.
The Auckland-based company said its net profit for the six months to Dec. 31 was $31,000 versus $3.5 million in the same period a year earlier. It noted that the cost of work to reduce debt, rationalise inventory and restructure had impacted the first half, as had the increased wool price and strong US dollar.”
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Coming fourth in the World Woolhandling Championships in New Zealand has only whetted Sophie Huf’s appetite for international competition.
Ms Huf, 25, of Hawkesdale, competed this month before big crowds across three days against 40 other wool handlers from 32 countries.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Mike Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “THIS week’s forward market for wool reflected the value of having hedging levels in the market, as sentiment ebbed and flowed.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “At two trade shows, Outdoor Retailer and ISPO 2017, the Woolmark Company showcased the very latest in technological innovations by displaying fabric samples in sport and active outdoor wear.
These included circular knit fabrics with pronounced structures and seamless garments in new yarns, and also a 100 per cent wind and water resistant fabric.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “FINE Merino wool under 18 micron and crossbred fleece sold dearer as the auction market generally firmed this week. AWEX’s benchmark Eastern Market Indicator lifted 3 cents to close at 1440 cents, with brokers passing in 7.6 percent of the 44,938-bale offering.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “A MORE economically viable sheep DNA test for parentage is getting closer to realisation.
Macquarie Artificial Breeders, in central NSW, is moving towards providing a competitively priced DNA parentage verification test for sheep.
The Dubbo-based company became part of the Apiam Group in December last year.”