EYRE PENINSULA TRIBUNE – “A CLEVE Area School team will fly out of Port Lincoln on Friday, May 26 to compete in this year’s National Merino Challenge.
The challenge is an enterprising competition initiated by Australian Wool Innovation which aims to test the expertise of secondary and tertiary agriculture students in competencies in the merino sheep industry.”
THE LAND – by Mandy McKeesick – “He looks out of place.
With his beard and woolly hair Max Edwards is a gentle giant amongst four-year-olds as he and his mum shepherd them down the main street of Wellington in central New South Wales.
“My Mum is my role model,” Max says fondly.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jacinta Bolsenbroek – “AFTER years of planning Mingenew farmer Darrin Lee successfully installed two towers last month to create a wireless network that covers his entire farm.
The wireless local area network completely covers his paddocks, yards, workshop and office, which Mr Lee described as “a complete smart farming solution, connecting everything from farm machines to weather and paddock stations to automate and make farm operations more efficient”.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jacinta Bolsenbroek – “THE Katanning saleyards broke records two weeks ago, with a yarding of 31,243 sheep.
The yarding was the biggest the venue had housed, featuring a very good yarding of both lambs and ewe mutton, according to Katanning saleyards manager Rod Bushell.
Mr Bushell said he had never seen more than 30,000 sheep at the Katanning yards, which opened in 2014. “
THE AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW – by Sue Neales – “Australian farmers are more confident and optimistic about the future of farming than at any time in the previous three years.
A close-to-ideal season across much of Australia last year combined with record crop production and high prices for beef cattle, wool, lamb and sugar, is encouraging 35 per cent of farmers to plan to invest this year in new fences and buildings and one-in-four to buy new machinery, according to the latest agricultural insights survey from the Commonwealth Bank.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “Two stalwarts of the Barcaldine Show Society, Jim Miller and Becky Plumb, were honoured with life membership on Saturday.
They were presented with their medals by show president, Ben Chandler, at the conclusion of the grand parade, to much excitement.
Mr Miller has been on the show committee for 54 years, beginning before he was married, in the wool section, and he said the honour was overwhelming.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – Vic Country Hour – by Emma Brown – “Watching groups of young people scoff a souvlaki and scull an iced coffee might not sound like a normal day’s entertainment, but in far west New South Wales it is becoming the way to prove your agricultural skills.
The Pooncarie Field Day hosted its first Young Farmer Challenge, a competition for people aged 15 to 29 working in the agriculture sector.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – “Good summer crop conditions and record livestock and wool prices have helped agribusiness Elders lift its first-half profit by 56 per cent and flag the resumption of dividend payments this year.
Elders this morning reported a net profit for the six months to March 31 of $38.3 million compared to $24.6 million a year earlier.”
THE ADVERTISER – by Belinda Willis – “ELDERS is flagging resuming its dividend payments after good summer crops along with record livestock and wool prices helped the agribusiness lift its first-half profit by 56 per cent. The company reported a net profit for the six months to March 31 of $38.3 million compared to $24.6 million in the previous year.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “New Zealand Merino Company staff prepared fleeces for testing and judging in the New Zealand Wool Testing Authority-Otago Merino Association Child Cancer Fleece competition, and Hamish Syme, of Chargeurs Wool (NZ) Ltd, judged the entries.”