EUREKALERT – Public Release: Molecular Biology and Evolution (Oxford University Press) – Media Contact – Joseph Caspermeyer – “In 1713, Johann Sebastian Bach once wrote a delightful cantata, “Sheep May Safely Graze,” whose opening lyric boasts of shepherds protecting sheep from the ravages of the hunt.
Fast forward a few centuries, where now, from a large genome study, a team of French and Argentinian scientists may have successfully identified the mutations behind the sheep traits that shepherds began saving from the hunt —for their prized wool. “
SHEEP CENTRAL – “GLOBAL registration of the Australian pain relief and wound treatment product Tri-Solfen will be fast-tracked after the signing of an A$18 million share capital and licensing deal with English company Dechra Pharmaceuticals PLC.”
NBR (NZ) – by Paul McBeth – “New Zealand commodity prices edged higher in March as wool prices bounced from a slump and red meat continued to attract buyers.
The ANZ Commodity Price Index rose 0.4 percent in March to 283.5 and was up 3.4 percent in local dollar terms to 209.4 in a month when the kiwi depreciated against its major trading partners.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by THE MCIVOR TIMES – “BATHURST burr was among various non-indigenous weeds to the region found along the Heathcote side of the corner of the Northern Hwy and the Heathcote-Rochester Rd.
For the past few months, VicRoads’ contractors have been carrying out roadworks along the highway between Heathcote and Toolleen as well as new earthworks and barriers just before the Colbinabbin exit.”
THE COROWA FREE PRESS – “Corowa Market held on Monday, April 3 with 12,000 lambs yarded an increase of 1,071 from previous week, 3,000 sheep yarded a decrease of 976.”
THE LAND – by Mark Griggs – “WOOLGROWERS from throughout central and western districts of the state gave generously to Quality Wool’s Ronald McDonald House Westsmead charity wool auction which recently raised $77,000 to assist seriously-ill children and their families.”
BUSINESS INSIDER AUSTRALIA- by Dennis Green – “The company that made ‘the world’s most comfortable shoes’ is releasing a brand-new style Allbirds has made a name for itself with a style dubbed “the world’s most comfortable shoes.” Now, the shoe that Silicon Valley is “obsessed with” is back for its second act.
After releasing the Wool Runner last year — which led to a “very successful year,” according to the company — the brand is releasing its second design, the Wool Lounger.”
HILLS GAZETTE (W.A.)- by Lauren Peden – “MORANGUP’S Lydia Inglis is one of three Murdoch University animal science students to win scholarships to support honours research into costly issues for Australia’s sheep industry.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – WA Country Hour – by Tyne Logan – “Researchers believe using fitness-tracker technology on sheep could revolutionise the industry.
Already being used in a similar capacity in the cattle industry, the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) has been running trials to see if ActiGraphic movement sensors — currently used by humans for health reasons — have a place in the sheep industry.”
THE RURAL – “Six finalists from NSW and Victoria have been announced as finalists in the sheep industry’s prestigious Peter Westblade Scholarship.
Emma McCrabb, of Hay, Sally Smyth, of Broken Hill, Joe Walden of Yass, Rachael Gawne and Jodi Davis both from Wagga, and Harrison Mulquiny of Wooroonook were chosen from a strong group of applicants.”