THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – ” UPDATE: TWO properties west of Nyah are being investigated for anthrax, following a confirmed case at another property last week.
Agriculture Victoria confirmed of anthrax in sheep on a property west of Nyah and quarantined the property on Friday.
One animal on the property tested positive to anthrax.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Andrew Marshall – “The hot air surrounding Donald Trump’s first month as US President and some scorching summer weather in eastern Australia have dented the farm sector’s generally upbeat outlook.”
THE EXAMINER – by Johanna Baker-Dowdell – “Tasmanian farmers are leading the country in confidence, with positive sentiment in the agricultural sector at its highest since 2015.
The latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey shows the state’s farmers are buoyed by stronger prices for livestock and crops, with dairy farmers the most positive.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “AUSTRALIA’s wool industry is riding a wave of success, with growers now seeing returns not experienced in 20-30 years.
Writing in the 2017 Colliers International Rural and Agribusiness research report Australian Wool Network (AWN) wool technical manager Kelvin Shelley said the market was being driven by competition from Europe, China and India. “
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “DIEDERIK Sleurink makes money when his sheep eat, but not primarily from the meat they produce, the subsidies they generate or from the wool they grow.”
TVNZ – by Alison Pugh – VIDEO
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week starting 13/3/2017
With the Eastern Market Indicator closing at 1,522c/kg, there was a 22 cent rise in the 36th week of the wool selling calendar.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – BUSINESS REVIEW – by Sue Neales – “A start-up finance company has found a fresh way to bankroll capital-starved farmers wanting to expand, using a funding model pioneered by US miners.
CommStream Capital, founded by Agricultural Management Company head Charlie Blomfield, provides upfront capital to farmers in return for a pledge of annual physical delivery of a commodity such as wheat, cotton or wool for a contracted volume, term and price…”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “CONSULTANTS are urging producers not to miss out on financial gains to be made through improved data recording and managment.
Sheep industry researcher and consultant Jason Trompf told producers at the Loddon Valley Merino Field Day recently to stocktake their operation, and have a breeding objective, before making management decisions.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Andrew Marshall – “AUSTRALIAN farm export earnings are likely to hit a record $48.7 billion next financial year – about $1b more than the current 2016-17 period – if seasonal conditions remain relatively supportive.
The big winners in the year ahead should be producers of wool, dairy products, sugar, wine, sheepmeat, barley, canola and rock lobster – all are expected to see a rise in export prices for their products.”