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.”
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH – by Samantha Townsend, Regional Reporter – “IT used to be click go the shears boys, but the number of women working the shearing sheds has almost doubled in the past decade.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, there were 698 in the sheds a decade ago but the number of women doing the toughest job on the land has now rocketed to 1260.”
BOMBALA TIMES – by Stephen Burns – “Roy Robertson and his father Graham, “Lynlea”, Bookham, have entered the Bookham-Berremangra Merino ewe competition conducted under the auspices of the Bookham Agricultural Bureau since its inception to track the steady improvement of their flock.”
NZ FARMER – by Ike Williams – “OPINION: I am a passionate stud sheep breeder who wants there to be a strong future for sheep farming in New Zealand.
But what the future is, I don’t know.
I do know that I’m sick to death of listening to commentaries on the topic which are generalised generic crap, with no direction as to how we achieve their grandiose outcomes.”
BOMBALA TIMES – “A new strain of the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus is being released across the South East this week to reduce the impact of feral rabbits on agriculture and the environment.”
NZ FARMER – by Jill Galloway – “Throwing arms are being warmed up for the Hilux Rural Games, which are being held in Feilding on Friday and Palmerston North during the weekend.
Among the competition disciplines are gumboot, egg and cowpat throwing with the criteria harder for the egg thrower as one member of a two-person team has to catch the raw egg intact.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook, Rural Reporter – “A new report shows that the export value of wool from December to January dropped by 25 percent, and in the past six months it has fallen 10 percent…”
KNITTING INDUSTRY – “…Pioneering merino wool warp knits
Cifra is also developing merino wool products for some of Europe’s leading brands. Merino wool is not normally knitted on seamless warp knitting machines and so this is thought to be a first.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Queensland sheep and wool producers have been advised they need to get the right ewes, on the right feed, to successfully raise lambing and weaning rates as the State’s flock rebuilding starts in earnest.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOLTRADE sold more than 1100 bales of wool as the Australian auction market ventured deeper into record territory last week.”