QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “The benefits of last year’s winter rain were evident in the sheep, cattle and wool entries at the annual Landsborough sheep and wool show at Muttaburra on Saturday.
Judges and spectators alike were impressed with the entries submitted, just months after the Burrumbuttock Hay Runners had visited with hay for one of the state’s most drought-stricken regions.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A TRIP back in time to an era almost forgotten in WA’s wool history began for many old shearers when the lights went down recently at Revolutions Transport Museum, Whiteman Park.
The museum is home to two of the last shearers’ trucks to go north on the legendary Murchison, Gascoyne, Pilbara and Kimberley runs of the 1920s through to the late 1960s.”
STOCK & LAND – “To celebrate Sheep Week 2017, Stock & Land have joined forces with Patons to give you the chance to win some fantastic prizes!
For the five days of Sheep Week 2017 (Mon, June 5 – Fri, June 9) one person will win a 12 month subscription to Stock & Land.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Buyers from all major sheep districts descended on Wycheproof, Friday, bidding scanned in lamb lines of crossbred lamb ewes and Merino ewes to highs of $330 and $278 a head respectively.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Police are investigating the theft of two bales of wool from a shearing shed in the Yarrabandai area.
The bales, which each weigh 200kg and are estimated to be worth about $900, were stolen between May 15 and 30.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Travis King – “A DEDICATION to finding the right pasture combination to suit his superfine wool production system is certainly paying dividends for Wellstead grower Morgan Sounness.
Close to 25 years ago, Morgan decided it was time to do something about the discounts he was receiving for his wool clips, due to poor yield results compared to some of his counterparts. In an attempt to chase a premium for his wool clip, Morgan had decided to offer his wool in New South Wales, where there was a greater demand for ultrafine and superfine wools.”
FARM WEEKLY – “STUDENTS from five Western Australian education establishments came away from last weekend’s National Merino Challenge (NMC) in Melbourne with new contacts and a greater understanding of the wool industry.
Teams from three WA College of Agriculture campuses, Cunderdin, Narrogin and Harvey, comprised almost half of this year’s NMC secondary school division, while teams from Murdoch University and Training Worx Australia, Kojonup, competed in the tertiary division.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “FROM superfine Merino wool production to organic crossbred lambs, Rob and Anne Battley, Gelfro Farm, Williams, aren’t afraid to try something different.
Rob said he was a fine wool Merino man from way back, but it isn’t wool bringing in the bacon these days at Gelfro Farm – it’s all about the organic produce.
“We realised our property is situated in such a way that lends itself to organic farming,” Anne said.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “PRICES remained firm this afternoon at the Wycheproof store sheep sale.
The top price paid was $330 for a pen of scanned-in-lamb, May 2016-drop first-cross Merino ewes sold by Hemley Pastoral at Stawell to a buyer from Euroa.
Further lots of first-cross ewes ranged from $308 down to $250.”
NZ HERALD – by Rebecca Howard – “New Zealand’s wool market remained weak at the latest South Island auction as tepid off-shore interest and the stronger New Zealand dollar weighed on clearance.
Of the 8,065 bales offered 65 per cent cleared, back further on the season to date clearance rate of 75 per cent and well down on last year’s 89 per cent clearance rate, AgriHQ said.”