ICELAND REVIEW – With sheep returning from the highlands in September, it’s time for the sheep farmer’s “harvest”. Lambs are nice, but now they are bound for slaughter, and the proceeds will pay the bills. However, last autumn, Icelandic sheep farmers experienced a nasty surprise. On short notice, the country’s slaughterhouses announced they would reduce their payments for baby lamb by 9.5 percent and those for yearling mutton by 33.6 percent. Older mother sheep would even bring 40 percent less. Many sheep farmers said to themselves, ‘Give me a break!’
ABC RURAL – by Amy McCosker, Courtney Fowler and Joshua Becker – “Wool producers across Australia are celebrating as the market continues to maintain strong prices after reaching record levels.
Last week, the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) — Australia’s wool market benchmark — hit an historic new level of 1439 cents a kilogram on Wednesday night and then dipped back to finish the week at 1434 cents a kilogram.”
FINANCIAL REVIEW – by Georgina Safe – “IN 1954, a shy young Frenchman with glasses and an earnest young German with a pompadour won prizes as part of the International Wool Secretariat awards in Paris.
Yves Saint Laurent collected his award for dress design, while Karl Lagerfeld won the coat category in the Australian competition, judged by a panel including Hubert de Givenchy and Pierre Balmain.”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – by Laura Griffin and Nikki Reynolds – “A SALEYARD statement: “there wouldn’t be a woolly sheep in the Riverina at the moment,” certainly held truth.
With market aligning for wool, prime lambs, first-cross ewes and replacement stock it is shaping up to be a bright time for the sheep industry.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by David Loughrey – “A small Strath Taieri community with a reasonably recently formed young farmers club is set to run its second speed shearing event.
The second Strath Taieri Young Farmers speed shear competition is scheduled for Saturday week.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – by The McIvor Times – “THE fourth annual Axedale Quick Shear is shaping up to be another day of fun showcasing the best country talent.
Shearers will be in competition to see who can do it the fastest, while wood choppers will be demonstrating their prowess with axe in hand on January 28 at the Axedale Hall and Park from 2pm to 6pm.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “COMPOSITE and crossbred sheep have ranked highest among shearers for occupational health and safety risk in the latest Elmore and District Machinery Field Days ‘Ewes for the future’ trial results.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “… Wool on the way up – SIGNIFICANT rises in auction values for superfine wools must be welcome news for producers who have stuck with the product…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “HEAVY sheep are forcing some sheep producers to seek new shearing solutions as shearers either refuse to shear ewe flocks or demand owners implement longer curfew times off feed and water.”