FARMERS JOURNAL (IRELAND) – “Two men, one from Donegal and one from Derry, are into the world machine shearing final in New Zealand.
Donegal’s Ivan Scott and Northern Ireland’s Jack Robinson from Claudy in Derry have qualified for the prestigious world machine shearing final in New Zealand which will commence this morning.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Peter Hannam – “Wayne “Bronco” Lunn has endured many summers in the shearing business in north-western NSW over four decades but he’s never seen one like this year’s…”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE Australian wool industry’s reputation is under threat with deteriorating clip preparation standards increasing according to some wool exporters…”
AGRINEWS – by Blum AgriNews Publications – “BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Several features of wool make it different from synthetic fibers.
“Wool is a renewable fiber and it is flame resistant so it doesn’t support fire,” said Jane Zeien, owner of the Illinois Wool and Fiber Mill in Belvidere…”
STUFF.CO.NZ – by Amber-Leigh Woolf and Briar Babington -“Labour MP Trevor Mallard, visiting Invercargill for the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, says shearing is an industry he is no stranger to.
The animal welfare spokesperson said the sheep were “damn lucky” to be in the hands of the world’s best.”
NZ FARMER – by Brittany Pickett – “Shearing is a sideline gig for Dutch world championships competitor Ype van der Woude, who spends most of his working life clipping cattle hooves.
The 54-year-old only entered his first shearing competition at an Otago event in Balclutha last week, before representing the Netherlands at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships this week…”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AS the famine for European style wool intensifies, buyers showed their cards at the designated superfine sale in Sydney on Thursday with desperate bids more than 80 cents a kilogram up on last week.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Getting lumped with 100 cent a kilogram clean price penalty on woolgrower Tony Butler’s 200-bale wool clip was the catalyst for a shearing overall.
The huge discount because of the staple length contributed towards the farmer from Newstead, in central Victoria, to rein in the flock’s fleece growth by shearing majority of the 8000 Merino sheep every six months instead of annually.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SELECTING resilient sheep for rangeland conditions will be the focus of a workshop at Milparinka in far north-west New South Wales next month.”
SDPB RADIO – by Chynna Lockett – “It takes a steady hand and hours of practice to get the wool ready for that cozy winter sweater. Nearly a dozen sheep shearers from the U.S. and Canada gathered at the Black Hills Stock Show for the National Sheep Shearing Championships.”