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.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “GENOMIC profiling has been introduced to Merino ewe flock judging for possibly the first time, with its use in the recent Parkes Doug Bicket Memorial Maiden Ewe Competition.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices continued to rise in Australia’s physical auctions this week, with premiums for sound wools with good length and less vegetable matter content.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 2 March 2018 (Week 35)
THE RURAL – “Vendors sold 42,000 sheep and lambs at the Wagga market on Thursday.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service lighter weight lambs sold to weaker price trends as producers offload plain types.
Shorn trade and longer wool lambs sold to weak demand, with major domestic processors standing aside for most of the sale.”