THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Fast and clean shearing has set up Damien Boyle’s 21st open title win at the IGA Perth Royal Show.
“The show is a great place to bring out the competitor spirit, but one day I will get knocked off on the boards most likely from an upcoming talented young shearer,” he said.”
ABC NEWS – WA Country Hour – by Tyne Logan, Jess Davis – “The Sheepmeat Council of Australia has taken a firm stance against the mulesing of lambs destined for slaughter, but regulation banning the practice has yet to be put in place. The new policy from the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) comes amid continuing consumer pressure to abandon the controversial practice which involves the surgical removal of fold of skin around the tail area.
Chief executive Dr Kat Giles said they were targeting lambs destined for slaughter as producers usually knew they would only be on the property for a short time.”
LOCAL8NOW – by Steve Long – “BELLE FOURCHE, S.D. (KEVN) — To many area residents, one part of South Dakota is considered cattle country. And to a large degree, that’s true.
But in a small town known as the geographic center of the nation, there’s a bit of a surprise: one of the largest wool warehouses in America, in a place where sheep play second fiddle.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sarah Hudson – “LIKE most farmers, Julian von Bibra is no fashionista.
But the fourth generation Tasmanian sheep grazier has become the unlikely poster boy for Australian fashion house Country Road and top-end international designers.
This winter’s Country Road catalogue even features Julian and his wife, Annabel, describing them as farming “royalty”.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN- by Tari Jeffers – “For Ron Niven, counting sheep has never been a means to fall asleep.
As a sheep shearer for his “whole life”, Ron has seen the highs and lows of the sheep industry and has worked around the State in his role as a shearer.
Ron was inducted into the Shearing Hall of Fame in 2013 at the Shear Outback’s sixth Festival of the Blades for his achievements and contribution to the shearing community.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SENTIMENT remains positive in the Chinese wool industry, despite Australian prices being at high levels.
Returning from the Nanjing Wool Market Conference last week National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia executive director Chris Wilcox said he was surprised by the reaction to Merino wool prices.”
WARWICK DAILY NEWS – by Elyse Wurm – “SOUTHERN Downs wool producers are enjoying high prices for wool not seen in decades.
Elders northern wool manager and Southern Downs local Bruce McLeish said there was a strong demand for Australian wool overseas, with prices rising to a top not seen since the mid-’80s.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “ELECTRONIC wool and wool product platforms have been launched in China for domestic transactions and to import commercial parcels.”
ABC NEWS – Landline – by Tim Lee – “From the game’s beginnings in the 1850s, Australian Rules footballers ran around the sporting field dressed in woollen jumpers — until wool became too expensive in the 1980s, and cheaper acrylic jumpers took over.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s proposed new wool-selling system has hit a hurdle, with rival selling platform Australian Wool Exchange refusing to hand over vital data.
Without the wool-type and price data, development of AWI’s Wool Exchange Portal could grind to a halt.
AWEX, which manages wool sales, has raised concerns the AWI’s portal could use the data to directly compete with it.”