NZ FARMER – Rural Reporter – “Otago’s merino community has raised more than $300,000 to provide strength and comfort to the families, parents and children dealing with child cancer.
For the past 25 years, merino farmers from around the South Island have taken part in the Child Cancer Fleece Awards, by gifting a merino fleece to the Otago Merino Association (OMA). Donated fleece is judged on its quality and then auctioned off at an awards dinner, with all proceeds donated to the charity.”
FIBRE2FASHION.COM – News Desk India – “In the week ending April 27, 2018, the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) of the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) set new all-time record for the daily high EMI of 1847ac per clean kg. The historic week also saw a new all-time record for the week-ending high of 1846 ac per clean kg. This is 23 per cent or 345ac higher than at the same sale week of last year.”
WOOLNEWS.NET – “Seasonal Conditions Hold Back Australian Wool Production; Australian Wool Innovation Market Intelligence – March…”
STOCK & LAND – “An early adopter of the DNA Flock Profile test, Gippsland Merino breeder Rick Robertson says he’s already seeing a genetic improvement in his sheep.
Mr Robertson, ‘Gracemere’, Bairnsdale, has used the information to adjust his approach to ram purchases over the last two seasons.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Benalla Ensign – “It’s show time again, the Benalla Strong Wool Breeders Association is holding its annual sheep show and fair on Saturday, May 6, at the Benalla showgrounds starting at 9am.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – Countryman – by Cally Dupe – “Dragging a sheep across the boards and clicking his hand piece into motion, Ben Mills makes shearing look easy.
But it has taken almost two years of hard work and an unwavering determination to beat the odds and get to this point.
The WA shearer broke his back when he dived into a shallow swimming pool while on holidays in Montenegro in 2016.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “A quality offering of around 2800 Merino sheep at the flock dispersal of Wipplegong, Axedale, attracted a huge crowd with ewes selling to $255.
Landmark auctioneer Richard Leech said the sheep presented well and the flock was well known.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “After shearing on the one stand for 52 years, Strangways wool man, shearer and roustabout, Ralph Satori, continues to clock up the hours and has now notched up 60 years in the one shed.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Industry groups representing the nation’s woolgrowers are taking advantage of the opportunity to voice their concerns about Australian Wool Innovation’s governance.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “Glenorchy producer Stew MacPherson said the biggest challenge with the mix of crop and sheep was trying to get the two enterprises to complement each other.”