THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “LESS than a quarter of eligible Australian woolgrowers voted in Australian Wool Innovation’s last board election.
And 97 per cent of the 400,894 votes cast in the November election were proxy votes, The Weekly Times can reveal.
But to date AWI has been unable to determine just how many of those were directed and how many undirected.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “RIVERINA and southern NSW producers have earned the lion’s share of the top 10 places in Australia’s biggest sheep and wool evaluation trial.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “On the back of high times for lamb and wool, Australian sheep producers are riding a 20 year cash high with average farm income hitting $170,000. Victoria Wool Processor, Sydney Manager, Harry Ying, says the industry’s booming times will attract new international players to the auction rooms.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Australian Agricultural Training (AAT) is a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) that is dedicated to delivering flexible, accessible courses that are tailored to suit individual needs.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S saleyard sheep and lamb prices, and auction wool values are expected to continue to rise, but the gross value of the nation’s agricultural production will fall 5 percent this financial year, agricultural forecaster ABARES said today.”
ABC NEWS – Rural – by Clint Jasper – “The shearing shed on farmer Tom Leeming’s Western District property was built during the 1950s, when wool was selling for ‘a pound a pound’.
In the late 1980s, just as the industry was on the precipice of a devastating bust, the profits from a decade of soaring prices were invested into an extension of that soldier-settlement-built shearing shed.
Today, with prices again going through the roof, a huge, gleaming set of undercover sheep yards are under construction on the property in Pidgeon Ponds, about 350 kilometres west of Melbourne.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “AUSTRALIA’s agricultural production value is tipped to drop below $60 billion for 2017-18, after the industry’s record-breaking boom last year.
Figures from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences March agricultural commodities outlook, released today, forecast a slow, five-year climb back toward the industry’s record-breaking $63 billion mark.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Darren Gray – “After a dry year that hit crop production and cut farm incomes in some key growing regions, prices for major Australian agricultural commodities of wool, wheat, cotton and dairy are tipped to rise next financial year and boost farm returns.”
YASS TRIBUNE – by Zac Lowe – “Last week, the winners of the 2018 Peter Westblade Scholarship were announced, and one of the recipients was Yass’s own Joe Walden.
Mr Walden was announced as the joint recipient of the scholarship, alongside Anna Cotton, and he was shocked but extremely pleased to hear his name announced.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “STUDS in Victoria’s Loddon Valley held open days to show potential and existing clients their flocks, during the annual Loddon Valley Field Day.”