THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “THERE is plenty of history behind Merino breeder Georgina Wallace, but a big commitment to genetics this year alone reflects a woman with her eyes on the future.
Georgina runs the Trefusis Merino stud near Ross, in Tasmania, and is a passionate supporter of the Merino industry.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Wools of New Zealand’s chairman and chief executive say they are satisfied with the company’s performance for 2016-17 amid ”challenging market conditions”.
The company’s annual report for the year ended June 30 showed an after-tax loss of $321,153, compared with a $1.48million profit the previous year.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – “Rodwells Benalla and Landmark Benalla are pleased with the results of the Benalla Special Sheep Sale on November 17, with strong prices for the 12500 sheep that went up for sale.
Although a smaller number of buyers attended than in recent years, most of the sheep were sold to repeat buyers who made the most of the sale.”
BOMBALA TIMES – by Stephen Burns – “On the 500 hectares purchased by his father in 1947, Boorowa landholder, Steve Jarvis, “Heathfield”, Boorowa continues to question the perceived management of his Merino sheep and property despite running a very successful operation.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Taylor Jurd – “Living in geographically isolated, dry areas of New South Wales is hard enough for children.
It might be many years before they see any proper rain in their life, but it would be even less likely that they have the opportunity to have a snow ball fight or build a snowman.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Elders Wycheproof has wrapped up its 2017 monthly markets with a solid result on Merino sheep while crossbred ewe buyers were noticeably selective with their purchases.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “FIRST cross ewe made $309, young Merino ewes sold to $246.50 and first cross ewe lambs peaked at $230 on AuctionsPlus last week.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Big Day Out — Farming Without Boundaries — was held at Matakanui Station, near Omakau, last week. Agribusiness reporter Sally Rae went along for a look.
Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of Paterson family ownership of Matakanui Station, near Omakau.
It is a markedly different property to the vast 32,000ha property for which a depasturing licence was issued to Richard Anthony Filleul in September 1859.
Matakanui Station now comprises 8700ha, ranging from 280m to 1600m on the Dunstan Mountains, and part of the landscape has been transformed with the introduction of irrigation.”
THE RURAL – by Ruth Schwager – “MERINO wool production has remained the focus for Bruce and Narelle Nixon, “Clovelly”, Boorowa and “Bennett Spring”, Cowra, for many years, and they’re now in the process of simplifying their operation.
The Nixons run about 4500 sheep, including 2200 wethers, a few hundred first-cross ewes, 700 lambs and about 1200 Merino ewes.”
NZ HERALD – ” Marlborough shearer and now contractor Angus Moore proved a class act as he won his first Nelson A and P Show title this weekend.
The 32-year-old father-of-four, who has moved home to Marlborough from South Otago with wife Ratapu, shore the 20-sheep Open final in just under 21 minutes yesterday and finished about two sheep ahead of next-man-off Paul Hodges.”