NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “Marlborough merino breeders are gearing up for the country’s longest running commercial two tooth ewe competition.
Judges Ian Stevenson, of Cheviot, and Ryan O’Dea, of Australia, will visit seven merino breeders in the Awatere and Wairau Valley’s from April 3-5.
The merino flocks entered in the competition are from The Muzzle, The Bounds, Blairich, Monaghan, Mt Gladstone, The Jordan and Glenlee.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Jamie Searle – “Despite retiring two years ago, Peter Mirrielees doubts he will give up shearing completely.
He has shorn in Southland and Central Otago for 43 years and worked for major contractors Peter Lyon, Darin Forde and Spain & Smith.
Work days went from 7am to 5pm, with one hour lunches and two 30-minute breaks.
“I couldn’t tell you one farmer I didn’t like,” Mirrielees, 70, said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “CHAMPION New Zealand shearer Rowland Smith is as busy as his country’s Prime Minister – and that’s just in his spare time.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WELLARD Limited’s Beaufort River Meats is the first Western Australian meat processor to receive electronic National Vendor Declarations from sheep producers.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A FOOTROT vaccine available for all but rare strains of the debilitating sheep hoof disease has been developed by the University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL grower-owned Graziers Investment Company Ltd is on track to be wound up this year, with an estimated $20 million in assets to be distributed to shareholders.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week starting 27/3/17
Although the Eastern Market Indicator held unchanged at 1,546c/kg after last week’s sale, there were some significant fluctuations throughout the offering.”
FASHION UNITED – by Meenakshi Kumar – “Woolmark wants to promote merino wool as a natural fiber and all-weather wear, even for summer. To this end it has approached India’s leading brands, retailers and manufacturers and been presenting merino as a great material for fashion garments and as being not only biodegradable and eco-friendly but also versatile since its unique property of moisture management makes it suitable for all seasons.”
MERCO PRESS SOUTH ATLANTIC NEWS AGENCY – FAULKLAND ISLANDS – “Falklands Landholdings, FLH, has managed an excellent 2016/17 wool clip in a year with bullish prices, reports the Penguin News latest edition. A total of 138,302 sheep have been shorn producing 342,980 kilos of clean wool and all packed into 2,653 bales over the last five months.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – ” BURGEONING demand should see 2016-17 wool exports break $3 billion for the first time in more than a decade.
The value of wool exports to the end of December totalled $1.462 billion. If the market follows its normal trajectory, that figure looks likely to rise above $3 billion by the end of the selling season in June.”