THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “DESIGNER Nicola Mason is hoping a price rise for superfine wool will lead more growers to the industry.
Nicola is a founder of Tasmania’s Smitten Merino, along with husband Carl, and says she is facing higher production costs for her garments, but is pleased to see growers getting a better price.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook – “John Kirkpatrick from Napier has claimed the individual world title for machine shearing for the first time. The World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships were held in Invercargill from Wednesday to Saturday and New Zealand triumphed on the final night.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Local Land Services Western Region is advising sheep producers to be on the lookout and report signs of humpy back following a number of suspected cases in recent weeks.”
NZ HERALD – “Like all the young lads I went to boarding school with back in mid-seventies, the thing I looked forward to most on my 15th birthday was getting my driver’s license.
Rugby, girls and the prospect of beer, although a special part of our shallow social fabric, played second fiddle to the freedom a driver’s license afforded you.”
HUNTER VALLEY NEWS – by Louise Nichols – “Frustrated Upper Hunter sheep producers say they need a full-time professional wild dog controller if their industry is to survive in the region.
A specially convened crisis meeting will be held in Scone on Tuesday at the Bowling Club starting at 5pm to discuss the funding of a wild dog eradication program for the Upper Hunter.”
GISBORNE HERALD (NZ) – by Doug Laing – “WORLD CHAMPIONS: Joel Henare and Mary-Anne Baty of Gisborne are world teams woolhandling champions, and number one and two in the world individually after the shearing championships in Invercargill. Henare won back his world solo crown and Mary-Jane finished runnerup. Henare dedicated his individual title to his mentor, former mutiple world champion, the late Joanne Kumeroa – “This one’s for you Joanne!” Picture by Pete Nikolaison…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “PASTORAL sheep producers will get the latest insights into the debilitating syndrome Humpy Back at a Leading Sheep webinar on February 20. Queensland and New South Wales producers mustering flocks have reported sheep suffering from the condition this summer.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A DECEMBER shearing brought back reminders of the horror of the November 2015 Esperance region bushfires for Scaddan farmer and volunteer firefighter David Vandenberghe.
“As they were shorn you could see the scarring from the fire on some of the ewes,” Mr Vandenberghe said on Thursday last week during a visit to Westcoast Wools’ show floor to inspect his clip samples.”
NZ FARMER – by Pat Deavoll – “South Canterbury blade shearers Tony Dobbs and Phil Oldfield did their country proud after just missing out on the top podium position at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.
Dobbs was runner-up on Saturday and Oldfield third in the final at Invercargill’s ITL Stadium.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “A positive week for the wool market with the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) rising 15 cents, finishing the week at 1,437c/kg with a national pass in rate of just under 7 percent…”