HIGH COUNTRY NEWS – Essay by Brian Kearney – “In a 2000 study, researchers at the University of Southern Australia found that by every measurement taken, from sustained heart rate to oxygen consumption to calories burned, sheep shearing was tougher on the human body than any other work measured. More energy is burned shearing sheep for a day than running a marathon. The study leader called it “the hardest work in the world.””
THE SHEEP SITE – USDA National Wool Review – 31 October 2016
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has launched a new free podcast called The Yarn to inform the nation’s levy-paying wool growers.”
VOXY – Contributor: Fuseworks Media – “Invercargill shearer Nathan Stratford was back on the road again to record a notable first at the Ashburton A and P Show on Saturday.
In his 20th season of Open-class competition, Stratford gave another display of the determination needed for a possible World Championships bid in his home town in February to claim another show title, this time 480km away from home at the Ashburton A and P Show.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Catherine Miller – “RAM breeders are encouraged to nominate high-performing young sires for the first season of the SA Merino Sire Evaluation.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “SHEARING at six-month intervals paid off nicely for Challara Poll Merino stud breeders and Badgingarra wool growers, the Wilkinson family, at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) last week. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “DESPITE an increase of 10,000 bales being offered the market saw little change in prices in the past week.
In US dollars the market was back 6c, in Euro no change, and in Australian dollars also zero change for the eastern market indicator (EMI) over both selling days. Overall, a good result given the reasonably large offering, and also with nearly 50,000 bales to be offered next week as the wool held up due to wet weather finds its way to store.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “A holiday in the islands seemed to be just the thing for Masterton woolhandler Cushla Abraham as she burst quickly back into action by beating a string of World champions to win the Wairarapa Spring Shears Open woolhandling title yesterday(Oct 29).
The win, at the Wairarapa A and P Show at Clareville, Carterton, was just her second in the grade top grade, now into its fifth season since she was promoted as top Senior in the country and recently married former former Cushla Gordon at the end of the 2011-12 season.”
ABC NEWS – by Tim Lee – “Five days a week for most of the year, sometimes toiling in primitive kitchens, often in remote districts of Australia’s sheep belt, far from towns and supermarkets, Dick and Cheryl Duggan prepare up to 100 meals a day.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Jake King – “The work bus rumbles and shudders, snaking around rusted heaps of machinery and sulking toolsheds spewing junk. The shearing shed looms ahead, unmistakable porthole cutouts gutting the side. I lock eyes on a grey mass steaming under young sun.”