SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “CONTRACT price premiums have never been higher for sustainably produced traditional superfine Merino wool accredited under New England Wool’s SustainaWOOL Integrity Scheme, NEW managing director Andrew Blanch said.”
THE GUARDIAN – by Joshua Robertson – “Dramatic jump in region’s lamb production linked to construction of thousands of kilometres of fencing to protect sheep from attacks. A fence-building spree to keep out wild dogs has created a booming lambing rate in western Queensland.
The premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, linked a dramatic jump in the region’s lamb production over the last two years to the government-funded construction of thousands of kilometres of fencing to protect sheep from attacks.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “AT Parkes in NSW they are embracing the latest technology with DNA flock profiling to be used in their ewe trial.
It follows more than 10 years of work on genomic technologies by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation.
“It’s about understanding the genetic potential of your animals to perform,” said CRC spokeswoman Lu Hogan.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “ALTHOUGH wool auctions in Australia continue to work through the annual winter recess there is still plenty of activity around the world and the resumption of sales cannot come soon enough for some.”
THE BORDER MAIL – by David Everist – “It was so quiet out there in agri-politics land however the dam has burst with Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovations leaders Norton and Merriman standing toe-to-toe over animal welfare issues and mulesing in particular.”
THE COURIER MAIL – by Sarah Vogler, Michael Madigan – “QUEENSLAND’S iconic sheep industry is joining the state’s agricultural boom as farmers reap the benefits of new wild dog fencing combined with a resurgence in Australia’s wool prices.
More than 213,000 head of sheep have been added to the state’s flock as more than 7500km of fencing is built throughout regional communities to keep wild dogs out.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “Superfine wool producer Coliban Estate’s Tom James, Redesdale, said he was a firm believer in the environment shaping farming production.”
NBR – by Tina Morrison – “Prices firmed at New Zealand’s latest weekly wool auction offering a “glimmer of hope” amid current weak market conditions.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – Tasmanian Country – by Karolin MacGregor – “KNITTING is making a comeback and that is good news for Tasmanian wool producers involved in a new superfine Merino program.
For the first time, premium Australian superfine wool previously used mainly in high-end suiting is now being used to produce knitting wool.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – Tasmanian Country – “IT’S a rare gift and Steve Bradshaw estimates he is only one of three people in Australia who can do his job in the shearing shed.
Mr Bradshaw, of Ross, runs Shear-Fix, a business keeping old electric stand equipment and wool presses in top order so shearing teams can do their work.
“It’s an unusual job. It’s hard to get into the business, it’s specialised,” Mr Bradshaw said.”