STOCK & LAND – “The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s (RASV) McLennan-McColl Flock of the Year competition has opened for commercial Merino producers in the Bendigo, Ballarat and Serpentine regions.”
COUNTRY NEWS – by Alana Christensen – “Strong export demand is continuing to fuel rising wool prices, delivering record highs last week and leaving producers with plenty to smile about.
The industry’s price benchmark, the Eastern Market Indicator, jumped 58¢ on the previous week to register a record high price of 1681¢/kg.
Although Merino wool has largely been favoured by buyers and exporters, gaining 65¢/kg in the week, an Australian Wool Innovation Limited report showed sharp uptake in prices paid for crossbred wool.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “After four years in the top position, Kat Giles has stepped down from chief executive of Sheep Producers Australia.
Dr Giles is set to move back to her home state of South Australia with her young family and take on a role as regional services director with Primary Industries and Regions South Australia.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia is encouraging people involved in agriculture and consumers to celebrate National AgDay today.”
NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “A Taranaki hotel bar will turn into a woolshed as shearers, and sheep, mingle with bar patrons in a speed shear competition.
The annual event will be held for the fifth year at the New Commercial Hotel on Stratford’s main street, the Broadway, on Saturday.
Publicans Ian Hayward and Judith Dix said previous competitions had attracted up to 40 shearers from throughout the country, as well as England and Australia.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP Producers Australia is looking for a new chief executive officer after veterinarian Dr Kat Giles resigned after overseeing the body’s transition from its Sheepmeat Council of Australia origins.”
RURAL NEWS – by Pam Tipa – ”
Wool exporters say China has been back in the market in recent weeks.
But the jury is out on whether it will continue, says Wool Services International chief executive John Dawson. Or will they take a breather and then come in later?
China can be in and out – very active, then no activity at all, Dawson told Rural News.”
THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER – “It’s National Agriculture Day, so here’s some farm facts for you to consider….”
PARKES CHAMPION-POST – by Barbara Watt – “To coincide with the inaugural National Agriculture Day today, we are featuring a story on the day in the life of a local farmer.
For busy fifth generation farmer Gavin Tom and his wife Elly not every day is typically the same.
By the time the Champion Post visited on Thursday morning, they had spent a couple of hours mulching trees in the orchard before meeting with their insurance representative for their yearly visit.”
NZ FARMER – by Pat Deavoll – “When Norwegians Cathrine Stange and Tor Jonssen visited the livestock pavilion at the Canterbury A&P Show, they made a bee-line for the merinos.
The pair represented Devold, a high-end Norwegian merino clothing company which sourced its wool from Australia, and since last year from five South Island high country stations.
Devold chief executive Cathrine Stange said the five stations had been taken on as “partners” to supply wool to the company.”