ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Sally Bryant, Michael Cavanagh and Cara Jeffery – “Landholders at 600 sites across Australia are watching for signs of rabbit death caused by the early March release of the RHDV-K5 Korean strain of calicivirus.
The strain is the first new rabbit control agent release in more than 20 years, and farmers and scientists are watching intently to see what the outcome will be.”
SCOOP BUSINESS – Press Release: NZ Wool Services – Edited by Johnathan Underhill & Pattrick Smellie – “New Zealand Wool Services Marketing Executive Malcolm Ching reports that the 11700 bales of South Island wools on offer this week, which contained a high proportion of re-offered lots, saw targeted buying and only 46 percent selling as many growers …WOOL MARKET CONTINUES TO EASE”
THE DAILY ADVERTISER – “A 50-year career with an “average of 120” would be considered amazing stats in any sport or profession. But when it comes to something as taxing on the human body as shearing, it’s almost unbelievable… He is incredibly fit. He still gets through 120 sheep a day. I’ve worked with him for 12 years and in that time can only recall one day he called in sick. – Shearing contractor Doug Baker… “
THE DAILY ADVERTISER – by Nikki Reynolds – “For those at the coalface of the sector it is also an ideal time to crunch the figures and determine the profit drivers which really matter.
Craig Wilson of Craig Wilson and Associates, Wagga, oversees the Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Challenge. The late Mr Westblade was a successful sheep producer from the Lockhart district in southern NSW…”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Selection for high-fat genetics in breeding sheep may improve ewe condition score at critical points, creating production benefits such as improving lamb survival.
That was the finding of Murdoch University research officer Sarah Blumer, whose studies focus on the feed and liveweight efficiency of adult ewes.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Clean, green and ethical sheep meat and wool production is a win-win for WA sheep producers who strive for a flock that has genetic resistance to worms.
University of WA Professor Graeme Martin said sheep that were genetically resistant to worms used less chemicals, including drench treatment, produced less methane and did not require mulesing.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “With improved seasonal conditions combined with today’s innovative tech-nologies, the call was for producers to lift sheep numbers at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA’s Sheep Industry Research Open Day in Katanning last week.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Australian Wool Innovation board chairman Wal Merriman has written a letter to woolgrowers in relation to issues raised by a recent Senate Estimates Committee hearing, which questioned AWI’s main office location in Sydney and its ex-gratia payments to former employees.
Mr Merriman defended AWI’s Sydney premises despite the Federal Government’s decentralisation agenda.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Jess Davis – “Livestock production is often blamed as one of the highest carbon emitters but a new study shows livestock farmers can be carbon neutral and maintain production and profitability.
The study by the University of Melbourne followed two different farming operations in their bid to become carbon neutral, Jigsaw Farms in western Victoria and a property near Yass, in New South Wales.”
CHINCHILLA NEWS – by Laura Telford – THE Sheep and Wool Challenge is on again, and Leading Sheep wants you to get your creative juices flowing and make a short video showcasing innovative solutions to issues within the industry.”