SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices generally held firm at auctions across Australia this week despite brokers listing the second largest bale offering of the season.”
THE INVERELL TIMES – by Bridie Edwards, Carolyn Millet – “TWO primary producers from the New England North West have been named among the four finalists in the NSW Farmer of The Year Award.
Tingha apiarist Casey Cooper, and Walcha beef cattle and sheep producer Jock Nivison join Bobs Farm fish farmer Nick Arena, and Taree egg and beef cattle producer Peter Matuszny, in the running for the 2016 title.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN sheep producers with high operating margins have not necessarily sold lambs or sheep at higher live weights in the past three years, but generated higher meat and wool prices at lower cost than low-margin operations, an ABARES study has found.”
THE COUNTRY- NZ HERALD – by Doug Laing – “World champion Hawke’s Bay shearers Rowland Smith and John Kirkpatrick have kept their hopes alive for another bid at the ultimate glory by being the top qualifiers for a New Zealand team selection series trial next month.”
THE MCIVOR TIMES – “After 22 years of stud breeding, Koole Vale Merino, Poll Merino and White Suffolk staged its first on-property ram sale earlier this month.
Principal Alan Harris said his Costerfield stud had always sold rams privately but Koole Vale has continued to build a strong client base and he felt the time was right to stage its first public sale.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “FINE wools which have underperformed gains experienced by the broader wool market are enjoying a time in the spotlight, driving the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) to a celebrated 16 month high.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s CEO Mr John Dawson reports that the North Island sale comprising 5553 bales saw a range of activity with 82 percent selling and mixed fortunes despite a more favourable currency factor.”
HARDEN MURRUMBURRAH EXPRESS – by Jennette Lees – “Jugiong Public School is into the state final for their Archibull Prize blog.
The Archibull Prize is an innovative program that sees urban and rural schools research an agricultural industry and express their findings through artwork.
The theme of this year’s prize is ‘Feeding and Powering a Hungry Nation is a Shared Responsibility’.
As a a small school, Jugiong was given an Archicalf to decorate and also created a blog featuring their research findings and artistic journey; find the blog at www.jugiongarchibull2016.weebly.com.
In honour of the village’s connection to the wool industry, they were allocated wool as their topic of study.”
NZ FARMER – “Southland shearers and Otago woolhanders are in the running to represent their country in the World Shearing and Wooldhandling Championships.
The championships, which are being held in Invercargill in February, will showcase shearing and wooldhandling talent from more than 30 countries.
Southland shearers Darin Forde and Nathan Stratford, and Otago woolhandlers Tia Potae and Pagan Karauria have been named in the Top Six Shootouts to select the Shearing Sports New Zealand team for the world event.”
THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – by Sally Rae – “”You are going to be the rock stars for the future consumers,” New Zealand Merino chief executive John Brakenridge told about 100 merino growers in Omarama yesterday.
Speaking before the company’s annual meeting in the township, Mr Brakenridge said new brands were emerging where consumers could get to know the producer.”