THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – “When it comes right down to it and no matter what else I do, I still see myself as just a shearer.
You can take the man out of the shearing shed but you can never really take the shearing shed out of the man; there is something about what is arguably the world’s most physically demanding job that gets under your skin and never quite goes away.”
THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – by Dave Murdoch – “Just one long blow separated the finalists in the Open Shearing Competition at the Dannevirke A&P Show on Friday February 3.
Current World Champion Rowland Smith caught up in a 20 sheep/shearer final to snatch the win from Johnny Kirkpatrick with local Dave Buick third and adopted Scotsman Gavin Mutch (now farming at Whangamomona) fourth”
AGRILAND (IRELAND) – by Conor Finnerty – “Irish shearers competed strongly at the business end of the World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in New Zealand over the weekend.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “COURTESY of a designated superfine sale in Sydney last week, growers saw another strong result in the Australian wool market with up to half a dollar added to some types…”
ABC RADIO – by Simon Royal – “A big wool processing firm in Adelaide is shutting down at times because spot power prices hit $13,000, compared with $10 at times of low demand.
High spot prices for electricity in recent days have led South Australian businessman David Michell to shut down his wool processing factory in northern Adelaide.”
THE TIMARU HERALD – by Liam Cavanagh – “A “temperamental sheep” may have caused Fairlie man Tony Dobbs to miss out on winning the shearing world championships in Invercargill on Saturday.
Dobbs finished second in the individual blade shearing final at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships at Stadium Southland.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES (NZ) – by Cassandra Pokoney and Brittany Pickett – “The day after he was named the third best machine shearer in the world, Nathan Stratford has a focus. “There are 82 days until duckshooting.”
It’s been a big weekend for Stratford – he was a key part of the New Zealand team which won the machine shearing team event at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, and earned himself a third placing in the individual event.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Jenne Brammer – “The wool price continues to march ahead, having reached its highest weekly closing level since the collapse of the Reserve Price Scheme in February 1991…”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Nicole Sharp – “Prime Minister Bill English accepted Sir David Fagan’s challenge, and gave him one better, beating the five time world champion at shearing a sheep at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill.”
TVNZ – “Our country boy PM beats world champion David Fagan in Invercargill despite looking a bit rusty at shearing…”