FARMING AHEAD – by mark Saunders – “SHEEP and lamb producers have been urged to stay focussed at the annual Best Wool Best Lamb conference in Bendigo, Victoria today. Best Wool Best Lamb chair Jason Trompf urged producers to not rest on their laurels as prices for wool and sheepmeat have been at heightened levels in recent months.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “NOT since the late 1980s has NSW wool grower Gil Ackerly seen wool values this high.
And the Berrigan farmer said it took a lot of patience while prices were low to remain in the business.
Last week Mr Ackerly and his wife, Noelene, sold 42 bales of 16.5 micron wool at the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne for an average of $2285 a bale, almost $200 more than valuation and the best prices they had received in 25 years.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “ELECTRONIC identification tag scanning will begin in Victoria this week, but adoption of the technology on-farm still has a way to go.
Moses & Son livestock consultant Lexi Cesnik has been researching the barriers to adopting eID technology, and said more education and support were needed.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook, Rural Reporter – “The confidence of New Zealand farmers is now at its highest recorded level since the Rabobank survey began 14 years ago. Rabobank’s Rural Confidence Survey shows that net farmer confidence has doubled in the past three months.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “A wave of optimism is sweeping through the rural sector, with farmers reporting to Rabobank the highest level of confidence since the bank’s surveys began in 2003.
The good feel factor runs across all sectors, but sheep and beef farmers were the biggest movers since the last quarterly survey, climbing from of +9 per cent to +53 per cent.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand’s shearing team of world champions, Hawke’s Bay guns John Kirkpatrick and Rowland Smith will shear seven test matches on a four-week CP Wool tour of the UK starting next week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “BROADER Merino and comeback wool continued to dominate online Wooltrade sales last week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand shearer Allan Oldfield has rounded-off a successful season in the United Kingdom with victory in the Royal Highland Show blade shearing final in Edinburgh yesterday.”
THE TRANSCONTINENTAL PORT AUGUSTA – by Marco Balsamo – “BRUCE and Julie Nutt’s Oakden Hills wool clip has achieved record prices in the recent Melbourne sales, receiving on average 1023 cents per kilogram or $1970 a bale.
The wool from the Oakden Hills station – located north of Port Augusta on the Stuart Highway – finished with 21 micron valued at 1580 cents clean.”
THE FLINDERS NEWS – “Wool and livestock producers flocked to the Mid North last week as the Quality Wool and Livestock Group hosted a BredWell FedWell workshop in Melrose.
More than a dozen producers attended the workshop on Wednesday, July 21, hosted by Ian and David Clarke of ‘Claris-Glen’.”