STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “ENTRIES are now open for the 2018 Australian Fleece Competition, which will be awarded at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show in Bendigo in July. Australian Wool Testing Authority sampling operations manager Tim Steere, Landmark account manager Candice Cordy, Australian Sheep Breeders Association (ASBA) volunteer Margaret Garland, and CEO Margot Falconer, converged on the Melbourne woolstores on Wednesday, to officially launch the competition.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “THE WOOL industry has continued on its record-breaking run, with the industry benchmark Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) hitting new heights. On Wednesday last week, the EMI set a new record, reaching 1834 cents per kilogram for the day, surpassing the previous 1822c/kg record set in January.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “IT ISN’T always easy to get up to date information and technology in some of Australia’s more vast production areas.
So the Hay Ag and Pastoral Innovation Expo is taking agriculture’s newest ideas directly to producers.
Hosted by the Hay Merino Sheep Show, the expo will have more than 40 exhibitors.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Eugene Bonthuys – “Joel Henare took his 100th open wool handling title at Golden Shears as Southlanders delivered some top performances.
There could have been no more appropriate stage for Henare’s landmark win than the 58th Golden Shears international shearing and wool handling championships, held in the Masterton War Memorial Stadium.”
NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “Taranaki shearer Gavin Mutch finished out of the top three placings in the Golden Shears premier open event at Masterton.
The Scots-born Whangamomona farmer, and a former world champion, was third qualifier going into the final on Saturday night at the War Memorial Stadium but could only manage fourth place against winner Rowland Smith (Maraekakaho).
Mutch completed his 20 sheep in a time of 17min.48sec behind Smith in 16minutes.32sec.”
STOCK & LAND – by Marius Cuming – “ANYBODY concerned about the productive capacity of the Merino ewe should head to Moulamein in southern NSW.
It’s here in the NSW Riverina that Bob and Jo Crawford are achieving four lambings in three years based on a strict 273-day production cycle.”
NZ HERALD – THE COUNTRY – “Two transtasman tests at the Golden Shears have been shared 1-1 each after the shearing team of World champions John Kirkpatrick, Nathan Stratford and Rowland Smith was unable to keep in touch with their Australian visitors on the finewooled merinos that dominated their shearing match.”
NZ HERALD – THE COUNTRY – ” Two New Zealand shearers working in Australia have realised a dream by qualifying for tonight’s final of the PGG Wrightson Wool National Circuit championship at the Golden Shears in Masterton.
The event is one of the two major Open shearing titles, the winner of the circuit and the winner of the Golden Shears Open championship becoming the New Zealand team for the 2018-2019 transtasman series.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Mike Avery, Southern Aurora Markets – “IT WAS a hesitant week for the auction and forward wool markets this week. The lack of direction was evident in the forwards all week. “
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S speciality natural fibre top and yarn suppliers are flocking to support a decision by Bendigo Woollen Mills owner Colin Walker to retain a worsted spinning capacity at Wangaratta.”