NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “Wool prices may be on the improve after the speediest devaluation in price in living memory.
Coarse crossbred wool, which makes up the bulk of New Zealand’s clip, has dropped from $6.91 a kilogram in September 2015 to $3.50/kg in February.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WITH Australian wool exports valued at about $3.6 billion this financial year, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has reminded the chief industry body to know “where your wealth comes from”.
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A take-no-risks approach to protecting the reputation of their merino operation has put Central Western Queensland producers, David and Genevieve Counsell, at the forefront of the fight against a sinister sheep parasite.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Darren Gray – “The world is going nuts for Australian farm produce as overseas markets clamour for locally grown nuts such as almonds and macadamias as well as agricultural stalwarts such as beef, lamb, wool and cotton.”
DENILIQUIN PASTORAL TIMES – “The Peppin-Shaw Riverina Ewe Flock forum will be held in the Hay district on March 7 and 8.
This is the second biennial event in the forum format which encourages landholders to put their unclassed rising one year-old ewes on display.
The aim of the forum is to discuss the attributes of the young Merino ewes, along with the various management strategies utilised by producers to breed sheep in a harsh and variable environment.”
THE GUARDIAN – by Greg Jericho – “The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (Abares) has released its annual outlook report in conjunction with its annual conference in Canberra. The report finds that 2016-17 is set to be a bumper year for agriculture mostly off the back of exceptional growing conditions. It’s a report that highlights the importance of the right environment for agricultural production and also how susceptible agriculture is to the impact of climate change.”
WWW.NEWS.CN -XINHUA – CANBERRA, March 7 (Xinhua) — “Australian farm produce is predicted to boom this year as overseas markets clamour for locally grown nuts such as almonds and macadamias as well as agricultural stalwarts such as beef, lamb, wool and cotton.”
WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE – by Gary Caffell – “The Rowland Smith show rolled into Masterton on Saturday night.
A one-man extravaganza featuring a tall, lean 30-year-old bloke from Hastings who lives by the adage that actions speak louder than words.
And he wowed the large crowd at the War Memorial Stadium with a performance which left them virtually speechless as well.”
ABC NEWS – ABC RURAL – by Anna Vidot – “The value of Australia’s agricultural sector is tipped to break another record this financial year, peaking at $63.8 billion.
But after three years of solid growth, the national commodity forecaster expects it will be a high-water mark which will remain unmatched for at least five years.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – Posted in Rural News – Tony Chaston – “… Lamb prices hold even after Easter chilled period ends and wool price lift continues with extra volumes”