THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kath Sullivan – “VICTORIA’S transition to mandatory electronic ear tagging for sheep and goats is not working, according to Nationals leader Peter Walsh.
Mr Walsh called on the Government to reconsider its timeline, set by Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford, to mandate the tags.
It has been compulsory to tag lambs born in Victoria with an electronic tag since January 1, and will become compulsory to scan sheep and goats at saleyards from March 31 next year.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “IT was an up and down week for wool at auction and on the forward markets, and the forward indexes traded near cash in November and December before falling away.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “FINE Merino wool prices lifted this week despite general discounting of clips with high mid-staple break readings.”
NEWS HUB NZ – “A global animal rights campaign has accused the wool industry of cruelty, putting farmers here on the defensive.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “DELL Dorper and African White Dorper rams were down $1500 on average compared to last year at its annual spring sale last week.
But stud manager Andrea van Niekerk said it was a good result considering the “drought-like conditions” the Moama area had experienced this year.
The Dorper rams averaged $2001 and White Dorpers $1336.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Tradition stands firm at Rolling Acres, where brothers Neil and Winton Nazzari have continued Merino wool production started by their father before them.
“Mr father, John, was an excellent sheep man and had a great respect for wool and he taught us how to carry on as successful woolgrowers,” Winton said.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Following their IGA Perth Royal Show supreme fleece award ribbon, the Nicholson family, of Boorabbin stud, Wannamal, were also successful in the Merino show ring on the weekend.
The Nicholsons’ fine wool Merino ram was sashed with the champion Merino fine wool ram ribbon, making the show a great success for their efforts. Stud principal Iain Nicholson and his son Toby, were over the moon with the presentation of their supreme fleece at the show’s wool display located in the sheep pavilion.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “The Patterson family’s Woolkabin ram sale attracted several new stud interests at Woodanilling last week, lifting the top price to $14,250 and resulting in a total clearance and a record average price of $2164.”
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.”