OBERON REVIEW – by John Seaman – “PERSISTENT moderate rainfalls have averaged totals of around 60 millimetres over two weeks and changed pasture conditions very quickly.
A short feed is developing gradually for sheep, while harder country or paddocks that are flogged will need regular spring rain to let them improve slowly.
Paddocks that were destocked or very lightly stocked have responded quickly and sown Moby barley paddocks could make silage or hay by late October. “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sophie Lewis – “THE annual Elders Gippsland Stud Merino Breeders Ram Sale entered new territory last week, fetching record average prices at the new venue in Bairnsdale.
Gippsland Stud Merino secretary Mal Nicholls said he was nervous heading into the sale given current dry conditions, but the results were “a lot better than expected”.”
COUNTRY NEWS – “Victorian farmer confidence has dropped to near-decade lows as the state’s agricultural producers report heightened concerns around the drought, the latest quarterly Rabobank Rural Confidence Survey has found.
Released on September 3, the survey found just more than half of Victorian farmers surveyed (51 per cent) expect business conditions to worsen in the coming 12 months, more than double the 24 per cent with that expectation in the previous survey in June.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Onshore flow brought moderate falls to the east coast between central Queensland and northeastern New South Wales at the start of the week, while a low and a cold front produced moderate falls over southeastern Australia mid-week.
THE FLINDERS NEWS – “A free sheep technology and innovation day will be held in Hawker on September 25 as an opportunity for producers to discuss challenges, share ideas and plan for the future of a currently booming industry.
The one-day event will be held at the Hawker Community Sporting Centre from 9am to 4:30pm and is open to sheep and wool producers across the state.”
STOCK & LAND – by Kristen Frost – “The practice to mules sheep will be criminalised in New Zealand next month after a landmark animal welfare act bans the surgical procedure.
The NZ Government has moved to ban practice to remove part of the sheep’s breech, tail skin folds and tail skin wrinkles, which will carry a criminal conviction and a $5000 penalty for an individual offender and $25,000 for a body corporate from 1 October.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Mark Griggs – “SHEARING board design hasn’t changed all that much since the wool boom of the 1950s, but thanks to wool harvesters and Australian Wool Innovation funding, a “blueprint” of a new design is to become available free.”
HILLTOPS PHOENIX – “Preparation is underway once again for the Boorowa Community Bank’s Irish Woolfest, scheduled for Sunday 30 September 2018, where Boorowa celebrates its Irish heritage and fine merino wool. This event is now a regional tourism event and has developed as a key economic development tool for the Hilltops region attracting thousands of visitors each year.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Kristen Frost – “AWI director Don MacDonald has urged caution to wool levy payers when considering a drop in status quo at this year’s WoolPoll elections.
According to the NSW wool broker, this year’s vote is one of the most important decisions woolgrowers will make in determining the industry’s future.”
RURAL LIFE – “A new online programme for farmers and shearers aimed at reducing injuries in the woolshed will improve productivity and safety for everyone who works in the sheds, Southland farmer Bronwyn Campbell said.
Tahi Ngatahi is a collaboration between Federated Farmers and the New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association, and has financial backing from ACC and the support of WorkSafe.”