SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “COMMERCIAL Corriedale ewes sold for what is believed to be an Australian record price of $252 at the Cheviot Hills flock sale at Penshurst last week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand shearing champion Rowland Smith became possibly only the fourth person to win 100 open class shearing titles, with three victories about 24 hours and 1700 kilometres apart during the weekend.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand shearer Leon Samuels is attempting another world record today – tackling the current record of 603 strong wool ewes in eight hours.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “Shearing record bid today in Southland
Another World shearing record attempt has been given the all-clear to go ahead in Southand today (Monday) with Leon Samuels tackling a record of 603 strongwool ewes in eight hours.
The green-light was given at a late-Sunday pre-record wool-weigh where the wool from 10 sample sheep shorn under the supervision of World Sheep Shearing Records Society judges weighed 33kg, comfortably over the minimum average of 3kg per sheep.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “THE stronger Australian dollar weighed on the local wool market this week. With the currency hovering just under US77c it is making wool prices more expensive for customers overseas, and the overall market rose by US16c for the past week.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES (NZ) – by Rebecca Moore – “Maraekakaho shearer Roland Smith won back-to-back titles at the Southern Shears in Gore at the weekend.
Shearing Sports media officer Doug Laing said the major winner from the weekend was Smith, who took out first place for South Island Shearer of the Year and the Southern Shears Open title.
Smith regained both titles after winning last year, Laing said.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Zoe McMaugh – “Preparations are well underway for the forthcoming Peppin-Shaw Riverina Ewe Flock forum which will be held 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.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – “COUNCILLOR Bobby Bourke is on the hunt for the owner of four large rams who have made his back paddock their home.
Cr Bourke first spotted the rams more than a week ago and said they appeared to have come into his paddock from the dried-up Raglan Creek that runs behind his land.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “QUEENSLAND beef farmers David and Prue Bondfield have been crowned The Weekly Times Coles 2016 Farmer of the Year…. The other category winners were:
Cropping: Brad Jones and Kate Raston, Bungulla Farming in Tammin WA
Beef: David and Prue Bondfield, Palgrove in Dalveen QLD
Dairy: Simon and Lauren Finger from Yannathan, VIC
Horticulture: Ceravolo family, Ceravolo Orchards in Ashton SA
Sheep: Ben and Cheryl Duxson, Glendemar Merinos in Marnoo VIC… “
SCOOP INDPENDENT NEWS – Business Desk – by Rebecca Howard – “Cavalier Corp posted a sharply lower first-half profit and the carpet maker and wool scourer continues to forecast no earnings growth for the full year, although it expects improvement further down the track.
The Auckland-based company said its net profit for the six months to Dec. 31 was $31,000 versus $3.5 million in the same period a year earlier. It noted that the cost of work to reduce debt, rationalise inventory and restructure had impacted the first half, as had the increased wool price and strong US dollar.”