THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Ann Rawlings – Countryman – “The Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days is not only a showcase for the latest agricultural machinery, it also highlights the depth and breadth of careers available within the industry.
With this in mind, the Field Days Committee this year has brought a new competition into the fold, the Young Farmers Challenge.”
MACROBUSINESS BLOG – by Leith van Onselen – “Last month, it was Australia’s mining sector gearing up to employ temporary foreign workers to fill so-called ‘skills shortages’.
Now, Australia’s wool industry is pressuring the government to allow the importation of foreign shearers [my emphasis]: SOLVING a shortage of shearers has become the curly question of the State’s wool boom. But the industry’s peak body says jetting in shearers from the UK to clip sheep on farms across WA during peak times could be the answer.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – Advertiser content for AWI – “This summer, the premium British sportswear brand ashmei has teamed up with The Woolmark Company to roll out a campaign called “Be Cool in Wool” that champions wool as the ultimate performance fibre in high temperatures.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Fairfax Agricultural Media photographer Laura Ferguson was recognised with a highly commended award for Photographer of the Year at the 2018 Rural Press Club Journalism and Photography Awards.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “PIONEERING South Australian wool classer, broker and district wool “spunk” Steph Brooker-Jones was among five recipients of the Australian Wool Industry Medal awarded last week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “HELPING wool growers manage the marketing of prematurely shorn clips has helped Landmark Bendigo wool account manager Candice Cordy win Australia’s prestigious national broker award.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sophie Lewis – “WOOL’s Eastern Market Indicator couldn’t hang onto the highs of the previous week, dipping 48c/kg to close at 2068c/kg clean last week.”
FARM WEEKLY – Advertiser Content for AWI – “Paris and Tokyo can seem world’s away from the sheep paddocks of Australia, but all three came together in January when Japanese label FACETASM unveiled at Paris Fashion Week a wool-rich Woolmark-certified collection inspired by Australian Merino sheep, the fibre they produce and the woolgrowers that look after them.”
SUNRAYSIA DAILY – by Natalie Cavallaro – “THE effects of the NSW drought has been felt at this year’s Wentworth Show with entries at the wool pavilion down and the cancellation of the sheep shearing event.”
FINANCIAL REVIEW – by Brad Thompson – “Farmers in parts of NSW and Queensland have welcomed weekend rain but warned much more is needed to prevent a drought-related hit to family food budgets.
National Farmers’ Federation president Fiona Simson said on Sunday that it was inevitable that grain shortages and higher water prices in horticulture would lead to an increase in food prices.”