THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – “Reigning world champion shearer Rowland Smith was the ultimate victim of one of the toughest of national selection series in any sport when his chance of defending the title ended at the Canterbury Show in Christchurch last Friday.
The series, which started in Southland in January, comprised six points rounds, the top six qualifying for the final which was shorn over 20 sheep each, a mix of eight full-woolled sheep, six second-shear and six lambs.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “A MAJOR Italian buyer has pleaded with the Australian wool industry to retain the visual appraisal of wool as the auction system braces for a shake-up today (Thursday).
Vitale Barberis Canonico raw wool buyer Davide Fontaneto said the 353 year-old Italian textile maker would not purchase from the Australian wool auction if visual appraisals were abolished.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “ITALIAN miller Vitale Barberis Canonico is paying a 10 per cent premium for non-mulesed wool.
Speaking at their annual wool excellence celebration last week, VBC raw material buying manager Davide Fontaneto told his superfine suppliers it came down to consumer perception.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – “The Lions Club of Yarrawonga in conjunction with the Yarrawonga Mulwala Agricultural Show held its 51st Annual Wool Show at their recently renovated Wool Pavilion.
Due to local weather conditions the number of entries was down a little on last year but the standard was very high.
Congratulations go to Josh Buerckner of “Rothsay Park” Tungamah who took out Champion Fleece.”
ABC RURAL – by Rosemary Grant – “Agricultural services group Ruralco is poised to acquire Tasmanian rural merchant, TP Jones, if shareholders ratify the deal at Ruralco’s AGM in February.
TP Jones has four retail outlets and 45 staff in northern Tasmania where Ruralco’s subsidiary, Roberts Ltd is also established.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “A controversial announcement by the state government last month that half a million dollars would be sliced off a $5m promise for western Queensland cluster fencing, for a pilot study, has this week been modified.”
RURAL NEWS (NZ) – by Pam Tipa – ”
Stick to your knitting and fine-tune what you do, advises Beef + Lamb NZ chairman James Parsons, for farmers to get through the next year, with forecasts down for lamb, beef and wool.
“My personal perspective on this is it’s easy to get down about a certain product mix we are producing, in this case sheep,” Parsons told Rural News.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “DRUG and alcohol abuse in wool sheds will be tackled by a new industry stakeholder reference group.”
STOCK & LAND – “A warehouse operator was convicted and fined $50,000 in the Victorian County Court after a truck driver was injured by a falling 185 kilogram wool bale.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Most of eastern and norther Australia received rain in the past week.”