QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Andrew Marshall – “Australian agri-food exports have risen for the sixth consecutive year to total almost $46 billion.
But the rate of growth for our farm commodity export values is slowing, partly because of reduced supplies of beef available for sale overseas, says a report from Rural Bank and Rural Finance.”
NZ FARMER – by Pat Deavoll – “Two veteran South Canterbury blade shearers will represent New Zealand at the world shearing championships in Invercargill in February.
Tony Dobbs (Fairlie) and Phil Oldfield (Geraldine) will make up the blade shearing component of the six-man world championship team, which also includes two machine shearers and two wool handlers.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “Gisborne woolhandler Maryanne Baty has gained dramatic selection in the New Zealand team for the 2017 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill.
Baty, who turned 31 last Wednesday, celebrated the following day at the Canterbury A&P Show in Christchurch by being runner-up in the top-three final of a selection series that began 10 months ago. She joins fellow Gisborne woolhandler and series favourite Joel Henare, the 2012 World Champion set to represent New Zealand at a third world championships, aged just 25.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “IT was an interesting week, to put it mildly with the wool market down, and then up and the world Trumped.
As CBA Ag Commodity writer Tobin Gorey said; currency, equity and commodity markets had a volatile day as the results of the US presidential election rolled in…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “NEW Zealand shearer Nathan Stratford has edged out reigning NZ and world champion Rowland Smith to host the coming world championships in his home town next February.”
THE SHEEP SITE – USDA National Wool Review – 14 November 2016
STOCK JOURNAL – by Quinton McCallum – “AS far as mixed farming operations go, Ashley Hills Estate at Sellicks Hill is about as diverse as they come.
The picturesque property is home to vineyards, a lamb and wool venture, a cellar door which adjoins an operational shearing shed, and also hosts mountain biking events.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jacinta Bolsenbroek – “CONTROLLING wild dogs was a key issue at the recent annual general meeting of the Kimberley division of the Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA), where a new board was also elected. “
STOCK JOURNAL – by Catherine Miller – “Organisers of the SA Sheep Expo have called a special general meeting next month to ensure the event continues to grow from strength to strength.
The inaugural event, held at the Adelaide Showground in April, was a great success with 60 youth from SA, Vic and WA, but Expo chairman Stephen Kellock says they want to recruit more committee members to make the 2017 event even better.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES (NZ) – by Evan Harding – “Southlanders will have a home-town hero to cheer for when the World Shearing Championships are held at Invercargill’s Stadium Southland in February.
Invercargill’s Nathan Stratford has won a place in the two-man New Zealand team.
Stratford finished second behind Napier’s Johnny Kirkpatrick in a six man final at the Canterbury A&P Show on Friday, with the top two qualifying to represent New Zealand at the worlds.”