THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sue Neales, The Australian – “THE phone call declaring the superfine wool grown on Garry Meek’s farm in western Victoria to be the best in the world came out of the blue.
All Mr Meek had done was to shear his flock of 3000 merino sheep last winter in his humble corrugated-iron shearing shed and sell the resulting 65 bales to the highest bidders, The Australian reports.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “MORE 4000 sheep will be shorn and their wool prepared in a $40 million woolshed by 116 shearers and woolhandlers at the industry’s 40th world titles in New Zealand this week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “ASPIRING forensic scientist 16-year-old Jade Moxey has challenged current thinking on fireweed control options in her award-winning home farm research.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Simon Hartley – “Carpet manufacturer Cavalier has downgraded its profit guidance for 2016-17 to ”break-even”, in the face of the faltering Australian economy, currency conversion and the increasingly depressed wool market.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “RAIN, the viability of wool, sheep meat and beef production and industry promotion – not just wild dog fencing — seem set to be the keys to any revival of Merino sheep numbers in Queensland.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “New Zealander Sarah Higgins takes part in the All Nations heats at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championship in Invercargill today.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “TWICE World Shearing Champion, Shannon Warnest, will head the Sports Shear Australia team which is set to take on 32 countries at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships at Invercargill, New Zealand, this week.”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – “THE annual Archibull Prize has been run and won – with 2016’s participants more than doubling their knowledge of agricultural careers.
The annual competition, run by Art4Agriculture, exposes school students to young people working within the industry and increases students’ awareness of potential careers in agriculture.”
FARM WEEKLY – “ELDERS Bunbury has been crowned this year’s “Western Zone” branch of the year, narrowly missing out on claiming top honours nationally.
The local team was beaten only by Elders Toowoomba, Queensland but significantly turned the tables in claiming the mantle of Elders´ biggest company branch in Australia for nett financial contribution for the 2016 calendar year. “
THE EXAMINER (TAS) – by Rob Inglis – “The Eastern Market Indicator (EMI), Australia’s benchmark for wool prices, has jumped to a record high.
In January, the EMI reached $14.39 per kilogram.
As of the week to February 3, the EMI had dropped down to $14.22 per kilogram.”