STRATFORD PRESS – by Ilona Hanne – “When John and Pat’s son Michael died last year, the community was “just fantastic, we had a lot of support from the people around here,” says John, who adds Michael was one of eight children; he had five brothers and two sisters.
John says that support hasn’t gone away, over a year on from Michael’s suicide.”
NZ FARMER – by Kate Taylor – “… Shepherds Turnball Thwaites and Scottish newcomer Gordon Graham are pushing the ram hoggets up to the scales for Forbes and his son Angus to cast their eye over.
The one with the good fleece gets the nod. The next isn’t so lucky. “This one’s 38kg,” Forbes says.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Joanna Prendergast and Tara de landgrafft – “Western Australia’s new agriculture minister Alannah MacTiernan has been criticised for saying sheep in the state’s southern rangelands were “light snacks for local dogs”…”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “THE Australian wool industry must innovate to remain competitive and win back production land lost to beef, lamb and crops.
That was the warning from analyst Robert Herrmann at an industry field day in western Victoria last week.”
EYRE PENINSULA TRIBUNE – “THE Livestock Biosecurity Network is reminding livestock handlers to be alert on the hazards of Q fever following an increase in the number of reported infections across all states in Australia. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “AGRICULTURAL workforces aren’t the only ones facing increased productivity threats driven by the inflated use of the illegal drug ‘ice’ by employees.
But the shearing industry is taking proactive steps to address work-place health and safety dangers, ignited by the national methamphetamine use epidemic that’s hitting regional Australia particularly hardest.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER
STAFFORDSHIRE NEWSLETTER (UK) – by Kerry Ashdown – “A CHAMPION sheep shearer near Stafford has conquered the Southern Hemisphere with his skills by taking the top spot in a speedy New Zealand contest.
Nick Greaves, of Gayton, was inspired from a young age by grandfather David Short, who was a shearer and Wool Board judge.”
NZ FARMER – by Pita Alexander – “OPINION: Let’s get the negatives out of the way first. We need $105 – $115 for each head of lamb otherwise there is a risk that sheep numbers will drop further.
New Zealand has come down over 35 years from 71 million sheep to 28 million and on this basis with less lamb to sell you would hope that values would increase sharply but this hasn’t really happened…”
BOMBALA TIMES – “DNA Parentage testing of progeny from multiple sire mating groups significantly improves the accuracy of breeding values associated with their bloodlines, a new trial has found.
A genomic validation trial conducted in conjunction with Australian Wool Innovation, Sally Martin Consulting, Moses & Son, and Bluechip Livestock, used Sheep CRC DNA tests to identify parentage of the progeny of 300 ewes that had been joined in a syndicate mating program and found huge variation in the number of progeny sired by each ram. “