THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “… The Government has set down legislation and deadlines for the industry to follow regardless of the naysayers.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “PARTS of Victoria could receive up to 50mm of rain this week, consolidating the best autumn break in years.
The Bureau of Meteorology says the best falls are expected in parts of the Wimmera, Mallee and northern Victoria tomorrow night and into Friday, following showers across western Victoria today and tomorrow.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Former Australian Superfine Woolgrowers Association (ASWGA) president Kevin Dunn’s profound commitment to the fine wool industry meant one year he could not put his rams out for joining.
Superfine sheep has been the dominant part of Horsham fine wool producer Kevin Dunn’s, Avondale Hills, life, which was why he was awarded lifetime member of the ASWGA during the annual conference this week.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Sarina Locke – “The purple patch for agribusiness continues with a new Commonwealth Bank Agribusiness (CBA) survey showing record levels of investment intentions since surveys began in 2014.
The survey indicates farmers plan to hire more staff, rope more family members back in and use more contractors.
Investment in livestock properties is strengthening dramatically, and interest in dairy is rebounding, however grain grower investment on farming is lower.”
MANDURAH MAIL – by Cam Findlay and Mal Gill – “For more than 50 years, Western Australia’s pastoral industry was driven by shearers from all over the country, filling the big sheds up north season after season.
And while those sheds are ingrained into our state psyche, the lengths those shearers went to cover the huge expanse of the state and arrive at the sheds has been relatively undocumented.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WESTERN Australian sheep flocks are expected to be at a higher risk of pregnancy toxaemia this year, following summer rains, a dry April and a higher than usual rate of twin pregnancies.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Andrew Marshall – “The Ruralco agribusiness network has posted a $12.4 million net profit after tax for the first half of 2016-17 – up 15pc on the $11.5m reported result for same period to March 31 last year.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – by Declan Martin – “A $2.8 million upgrade of the University of Melbourne’s Dookie campus is expected to be completed by July, in time for an influx of 45 students in this year’s second semester.
The upgrade, funded by the university, includes improvements to 60 bedrooms in the dormitories and the redevelopment of an existing building to be fitted out with the latest technology.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOLTRADE experienced limited buyer activity last week as the auction market continued to fluctuate.”
NZ FARMER – by Pat Deavoll – “Demand for halfbred wool can change on a dime because of its dependency on Chinese fashion and farmers are being told to expect more volatility.
Bloch & Behrens Wool (NZ) Limited general manager Palle Petersen warned a group of corriedale enthusiasts gathered in the Marble Point woolshed near Culverden that farmers should be prepared for the volatility of the halfbred wool market.”