FARM WEEKLY – by Travis King – “THERE is a marked difference in today’s sheep industry to where it sat when Mal Thomson took over the family farm at the age of 24.
That was in 1989, when the passing of his father meant Mal was thrust into running the family’s South Stirlings property, Keelocking South.
Mal was in Perth at the time, working and playing football for Claremont.
He said he had to make a decision as to whether to sell the property or head back and farm it. “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alex Sampson – “VICTORIAN farmer confidence has risen to a two-year high, with the state’s farmers now the most positive in the country.
The confidence has been underpinned by good seasonal conditions and high beef, lamb, mutton and wool prices.
The “fantastic” start to the season has led to an improvement in confidence across all commodities in the state, with dairy leading the pack, according to the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey, released today.”
NZ FARMER – by Rob Tipa – “The Paterson Family from the Armidale Merino Stud at Gimmerburn has added to its impressive record in sheep breeding this season with its success as the overall winner of the New Zealand Ewe Hogget competition.
Simon and Allan Paterson won both the fine wool and crossbred sections for the best ewe hoggets in their respective classes and won the Alliance Cup and the Royal Agricultural Society Medal as overall winners of the national contest.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Knitwear apparel exporters from the Tiruppur cluster are keen on developing and marketing wool-based products, considering that there is a huge potential for them in the global market, according to The Woolmark Company. The company recently conducted a secondary level workshop to impart knowledge about merino wool to exporters and manufacturers.
The Woolmark Company had also conducted a workshop in Tiruppur on the natural properties of merino wool in June last year. A few companies from the cluster had also developed garment samples using the wool, said Arti Gudal, country manager, The Woolmark Company in a press release. “
DEVON LIVE – by Mid Devon Gazette – “British Wool will be showcasing the work that it carries out on behalf of its wool producers at NSA Sheep South West in Tiverton.
The event takes place at Ayshford, Westleigh, Tiverton, on Tuesday June 20.
Throughout the day, British Wool representatives will update visitors on recent improvements in the business that will deliver better value and service for producers as well as the latest wool values for this year’s clip.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “A GROWING number of farmers in NSW are becoming more flexible with their shearing times and bringing it forward to shear with between six and eight months’ wool.
The trend follows record lamb and wool prices.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Rueben Hale – “The price of sheep and wool may be at record highs but with limited rainfall affecting sheep-growing areas around the State, producers fear lamb supply could be severely affected as a result.
The Department of Agriculture and Food WA said the Wheatbelt had been hit by a worrying dry spell, with parts of the Great Southern also experiencing well below average rainfall for this period.”
TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN – “THE Flinders Shire Council under Mayor Jane McNamara has started sheep shearing demonstrations for tourists.
It was the first day last Tuesday, the same day that the Townsville Bulletin drove into town to do a story on a larrikin pet sheep named Sheepy, owned by local bloke, Raymond Wiggins (Sheepy featured in the paper on Thursday. You can check out the video at Townsville Bulletin online).”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe and Rueben Hale – “Farmers are worried a billion dollars could be wiped off this season’s grain harvest if the seasonal break does not come soon… The Carters have seeded wheat (2200ha), barley (750ha), canola (750ha), lupins (320ha) and have a mix of about 4000 Merino and cross-bred sheep…”
STOCK & LAND – Day 5 – Photos and videos by Justin Conlan, Nathan O’Sullivan and Laura Griffin.