STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “CONCERNS the sheep industry has been hijacked by immature breeding value measurements is being challenged by a $5 million Merino Lifetime Productivity Trial (MLP) which is underway across the country.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “FORGET an Indian summer, WA’s wool industry is experiencing an Indian spring this autumn.
Highest prices for 19.5 micron and finer wools since Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) records started in July 1995, coupled with the aftermath of rain disrupted shearings at the end of summer, have generated unprecedented activity, particularly in the past fortnight, at WA wool stores. “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – ” IF THE sheep industry is serious about improving and attracting more participants it must lift its game when it comes to measuring data, a leading consultant says.
Addressing the Balmoral Sire Evaluation field day at Harrow last week, Nathan Scott of Achieve Ag Solutions warned producers that they wouldn’t know “what is going on in your flock until you starting measuring it”. “
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Kojonup woolgrowers Monty and Shelley Radford and their daughter Paige, 3, enjoyed their visit to the Western Wool Centre last week where their Warriedar wool clip reached a top price of 1197 cents/kg greasy.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – By Eliza Wood – “Researchers in Western Australia have discovered that 1080 baits laid for wild dogs are being eaten mostly by goannas that are resistant to the poison.”
MUDGEE GUARDIAN – “Mudgee wool buyer Jim Pirie is bringing a decades-long chapter of his life to a close with this his final week in the wool industry.
“It’s mainly due to old age,” he laughed.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s CEO Mr John Dawson reports that despite the weighted currency indicator easing slightly, the North Island Wool Auction saw a softening for good to average style wools, with poor colour wools faring better.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Joshua Becker – “New research has shown superfine wool is not a risk factor for children with eczema.
Clinical trials published in the Journal of British Dermatology looked at whether there was a link between fine merino wool and childhood eczema.
Across the western world one in every 10–12 children suffer from eczema, which is also known as atopic dermatitis.”
YASS TRIBUNE – by Bruce Hazel – “The Merino Ewe Competition was held on Monday, February 20 and G. K and R. W Robertson of Tallawong, Merrignee and Yarrawonga blood took out the overall winner of the whole flock event.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Jess Davis – “A billboard advertisement calling for people to report drug and animal abuse in shearing sheds is causing a stir in Western Victoria.
The advertisement was placed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ahead of the sentencing of four shearers on animal cruelty charges in the Horsham magistrates court this Friday.”