NZ HERALD – by Sieska Verdonk – “Kopere Downs works in the back country near Taihape.
He’s been a shearer for 20 years, and now he’s reached a major milestone.
“Today is my millionth sheep. I’ve shorn my millionth sheep on record. I have a little black book that I have written in every day for the last 20 years,” he says.”
ABC RURAL – by Courtney Fowler – “Toxoplasmosis is estimated to cost the sheep industry as much as $70 million a year across South Australia, according to a new study at the University of Adelaide.
The disease, caused by the parasite toxoplasma gondii, can result in abortion in pregnant ewes and in weakened lambs post-infection.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Cleeland – “There hasn’t been enough focus on optimising the genetics between meat and wool.
Former AWI board member and Sheep CRC chair, John Keniry believes AWI should review its investment ration in a bid to stimulate production gains…”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – posted in Rural News – by Tony Chaston – “… This week’s double island auction saw prices again fall with only 64% of the offering selling, and this was after 2100 bales was withdrawn before the sale…”
NBR NZ – by Jonathan Underhill – “Cavalier Corp cut its 2017 guidance, and is now projecting no earnings growth, because of difficult trading conditions in Australia and “an increasingly depressed” wool market.”
NZ CITY – “Cavalier Corp says it isn’t expecting any earnings growth this year because of tough trading in Australia and a depressed wool market.”
VOXY – CONTRIBUTOR -Fuseworks Media – from Doug Laing, media officer, Shearing Sports New Zealand – ” After seven years as Japan’s sole international shearer New Zealand-based Shun Oishi has come to take all of his triumphs in context.
But within a few days he will have achieved two of his biggest, after winning an Intermediate final at Reefton on Saturday ahead and now going into the World Championships starting in Invercargill with a Japanese teammate for the first time.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “The 1994 world shearing champion Alan MacDonald (left), of Te Kuiti, helps Paul Phillips, from the Falkland Islands, during a training day at Mount Linton Station last week.”
CHINCHILLA NEWS – by Andrea Davy – “IF YOU can master the art of shearing, you will be able to do pretty much anything.
That’s the opinion of police liaison officer Laurie Bateman, who is heading up the Cunnamulla Blue Light Shearing Team – a program geared at guiding young minds towards positive futures. “
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “Kiwi World champs hope Oldfield wins blades title at Reefton
Geraldine bladeshearer Phil Oldfield had an important win ahead of this week’s World shearing and woolhandling championships when he beat an international field to regain the Reefton Shears bladeshearing at the Inangahua A and P Show on Saturday.”