THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – by Sally Rae – “Lucas Smith may have been the worst shepherd ever to set foot on Simons Hill Station but the experience proved life-changing.
The young entrepreneur is now at the helm of a foot-care business, using merino wool, that has plans to expand into the United States, Canada and possibly Australia in the next year.”
THE NARACOORTE HERALD – “… Highlights included a spectacular wool section with a record number of entries of 100 fleeces.
Local wool classer and convenor Alan McGurk said the generosity of the community was astounding, with woolgrowers happy to support the show and the majority choosing to donate their fleeces after judging, enabling the proceeds to be used for the benefit of local community groups.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WESTERN Australian sheep producers have been urged to drench all their sheep now and monitor flocks for flystrike after heavy falls of unseasonal rain across the state in recent weeks.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN wool has shown its versatility to hundreds of thousands of textile manufacturers, retailers and designers and consumers at recent key global trade events in the northern hemisphere.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – “TWENTY-FOUR bullocks pulling a wagon was an impressive sight in the early days – and it is even more so now. Our image shows two wagonloads of wool being taken into Bathurst from Freemantle Station.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Taylor Jurd – “Giving children the opportunity to increase their knowledge in Australian agriculture is what gave two entrepreneurs the inspiration to create one of the most successful and much loved children’s characters George the Farmer.”
AGRILAND – Agriland Team – “Abattoirs in Australia are beginning to shut their doors on the back of higher lamb prices.
7 News Melborne reports that the Manildra Meat Company in Cootamundra, New South Wales was forced to close as it can longer afford to pay premium prices for lambs which are now in short supply…”
IOM TODAY – “The society will help any animal in need of care, and whilst it is most commonly associated with domestic animals and wildlife it also looks after what might be classed as ’farm animals’ from time to time.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish – “AUSTRALIA’s wool market continued to perform strongly during the past week with AWEX’s eastern market indicator adding a further 9c to reach 1449c/kg.
AWEX’s northern market indicator closed up 9c on 1530c. The 17 micron indicator closed on 2093, 18 micron 2017c, 19 micron 1806c, 20 micron 1562c, 21 micron 1442c, 28 micron 704c, and 30 micron 546c.”
CROOKWELL GAZETTE – “Moses & Son, AWI, MLA, Sheep Solutions and Agriwebb have joined forces to present a series of sessions on the benefits of incorporating and or increasing sheep numbers in your business. The upcoming session will be at the Golf Club on February 8, from 4.30pm.
The old saying “Australia rode on the sheep’s back” may become relevant once again with the trend back to wool, lamb and sheep meat.”