INTEREST.CO.NZ – Tony Chaston – “Good rains up north but central South Island sizzles as unsold wool stocks grow…”
RURAL NEWS (NZ) – by Pam Tipa – “Research into mutant sheep with the naturally occurring trait of straight rather than crimped wool may lead to new potential for wool, says AgResearch scientist Jeff Plowman.
The result may be new fibres.
“But we want to get an understanding of what drives wool fibre in the first place – what factors affect it,” Plowman told Rural News.”
ABC NEWS – by Jess Davis – “In 2005 British farmer Jim Chapman lost his left arm after he got too close to an unguarded tractor shaft.
“It was like [in] a matter of seconds, it grabbed hold of my jumper, wound me in and I went over the top of the shaft and landed on the floor without my left arm,” he said.
Mr Chapman is visiting Australia from the United Kingdom as part of the Nuffield Farming Scholarship he was awarded last year.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Alicia Perera – “A film about the lives of shearers who drove the North West sheep industry in the days before mining will soon be released, giving insight into a little-known slice of WA’s history.
Shearers — The Truck Days has been made by WA pastoral representative body the Shearers and Pastoral Workers Social Club to chronicle the history of northern shearers in the 1920s-1960s, when they travelled the vast distances between stations packed onto trucks.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales – “Wimmera farmer Tim Loats, like his father and grandfather, is a proud sheep and grain man.
While many farmers in key cropping regions have abandoned traditional mixed sheep and grain operations in the past two decades in favour of a sole focus on more profitable broadacre cropping, Mr Loats has stuck to the family tradition — and now he is prospering.”
SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Rebecca Moore – “Invercargill shearer Leon Samuels has broken a world record – shearing 605 ewes in eight hours on Monday.
The previous record holder, Stacey Te Huia, of Te Kuiti, had held the record for 603 sheep since December 2010.
The eight-hour strongwool ewe-shearing record win was held at Argyle Station, near Waikaia, north of Gore.”
Hopeful cluster fencing groups in the Remote Area Planning and Development Board have applied for $3m from a $2m bucket
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “Ten central west producer groups are hoping it will be a case of second time lucky as they await news of the latest successful applicants of the Remote Area Planning and Development Board-administered cluster fencing program..”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – by Taylor Jurd – “Working and trial dogs and their owners will converge on Molong next month for the New South Wales State Championship Sheep Dog Trials.
Organisers of the event, the Molong Sheepdog Workers Committee, have said that there has been a good response so far, with interest form competitors coming in from as far as Western Australia.”
NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “Awatere Valley merino farmer Simon Harvey was once told by his father, John, a former sawmiller, “do the simple things well, and you are half way there.”
Harvey, with wife Lynda and son Tom, recently won the inaugural Marlborough Sheep and Beef Farmer of the Year Award.
A field day held at the Harveys’ Glen Orkney, and Stronsay properties at the head of the Medway River attracted farmers, sheep and beef representatives and sponsors.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – SA Country Hour – by Cherie von Horchner – “Having a plane makes life easier when you live on a large outback property.
Checking water points, fences and hunting feral pests can take hours or even days depending on how much country needs covering.
Luke Mashford lives on Katalpa Station, 240 kilometres north-east of Broken Hill, and says his sporty recreational Foxbat, nicknamed Pumpkin, makes it easier to manage his livestock.”