COUNTRY NEWS – “Preparations are well under way for the Peppin-Shaw Riverina Ewe Flock Forum in the Hay district on March 7 and 8.
This is the second biennial event in the forum format, which encourages landholders to put their unclassed rising one-year-old ewes on display.
The aim of the forum is to discuss the attributes of the young Merino ewes, along with the various management strategies utilised by producers to breed sheep in a harsh and variable environment.”
NEW ZEALAND HERALD – THE COUNTRY – by Doug Laing, Mike Barrington – “Sheep shearing runs in the family for Rowland Smith who after three victories about 24 hours and 1700km apart on the weekend became possibly only the fourth person to win 100 open-class shearing titles.
The Ruawai-raised champion shearer now based in Hawke’s Bay clipped his century at the Counties Shears in Pukekohe on Sunday, a few hours after arriving by plane from Gore, in Southland, where on Saturday he won the South Island Shearer of the Year final and the Southern Shears open final.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AGENTS and woolgrowers could save $11 million over five years through the relocation of Sydney’s Yennora wool sales to Goulburn, a new report, Towards a new wool selling future in NSW, has shown.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “IT IS “absolutely vital” the Merino industry foster greater links with school students.
That is the view of Cameron Munro, Egelabra Merino stud at Warren, NSW.
“There’s no better time than at present with wool and meat at a top level,” Mr Munro said.
“If we don’t invest our time in the youth of today how can we expect them to have future investment in our industry?”
THE INVERELL TIMES – “Police are currently investigating the theft of 50 Merino Lambs and six Two Tooth Merino Ewes from the Poolbrook Road, Nullamanna area north east of Inverell.
The New England Rural Crime Unit said the stolen sheep were valued at approximately $3000.”
GOULBURN POST – by Louise Thrower – “Goulburn could recapture its wool industry heyday if the findings of a research report are followed through.
The document, commissioned by Regional Development Australia Southern Inland, predicts $2.6 million in annual net savings if wool sales and showroom facilities are relocated from Yennora to Goulburn. Savings included rental of broker offices, the wool showroom and broker travel.”
NZ FARMER – by Jarrod Booker – “For most of us it’s just something we move around on each day without a thought. But when Steve McNeil looks at a carpet he sees a host of scientific possibilities.
In a career spanning 30 years specialising in wool and textiles, the AgResearch senior scientist has looked into how the design of carpet can affect the mobility of elderly or visually impaired people, how the carpets affect acoustics and absorb airborne contaminants, what resistance they offer to fire, and even how they can be used to improve plant growth.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – “THIS is the last call for bookings for the Bathurst Merino Association ewe competition bus and dinner on Friday, March 3.
Some very handy teams will compete for the Jack Seaman Memorial Trophy that is prized by merino breeders across our district. “
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – “EDITORIAL: So do we have this straight?
Leon Samuels’ world-record feat of shearing 605 ewes in eight hours wasn’t as easy as it sounds?
No sooner had the Invercargill shearer finished his unprecedented day’s work than a raft of expert shearers around him were ready to attest to the extra challenges he had overcome.
It turns out when those 605 ewes were selected, from about 13,000, it wasn’t for their placid disposition.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP producers can now do instant energy estimates on paddocks with the latest version of the popular Lifetime Ewe Management smartphone app.”