THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Emma Field – “AUSTRALIAN farmers were confirmed as record breakers by Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences today.
ABARES estimated the gross value of farm production in 2016-17 hit a stunning $62.8 billion, driven to the highest ever level by record winter crop production and ongoing high livestock and wool prices.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “THE South African sheepmeat industry appears to be in similar shape to Australia, with higher prices as it recovers from drought and lower stock numbers.
A Dohne Merino property near Craddock last week sold lambs out of its feedlot weighing 18 to 20kg carcass weight, for 70 rand/kg, or about 730c/kg Australian.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales – “As the sun rises over his family’s wheat farm, West Australian grain grower Brad Millsteed can usually be found outside eyeing the broad sweep of sky above bare cropping paddocks.
It is a desperate rain watch the third-generation Watheroo farmer will continue for at least the next fortnight.”
THE ARARAT ADVERTISER – by Andrew Marshall – “IT’S not raining where it’s badly needed, but farmers across much of Australia are more optimistic about their industry’s outlook than they have been for at least two years…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A HIGHER proportion of crossbred wool in the Australian clip and the continuing fining of the Merino wool component has led to slight changes to market indicators following a review by the Australian Wool Exchange.”
WHITSUNDAY TIMES – “A BLACKALL sheep and wool producer says introducing a pregnancy-scanning program could improve flock fertility by 10-15% within a 12-month period, as well as allow producers to fine-tune ewe management.
Ben Banks and his wife Oona manage the 46,500-hectare family property, Rivington, west of Blackall, where they run 25,000 merinos (when the season permits).”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “New Zealand’s crossbred wool industry is facing ”real challenges” heading into the new season and returns to growers are well below sustainable levels, brokers say.
The market continued to ”melt down seemingly with no bottom”, especially for wool carrying higher vegetable matter content and high colour readings, PGG Wrightson Wool’s South Island sales team said.
The season was drawing to a close, with only one South Island sale left, and sellers
were keen to meet the market at last week’s sale.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “A record $10,000 prize pool will be up for grabs at Yeoval’s annual Mulga Bill Quick Shear competition.
The quick shear competition is now in it’s 10th year and will be held on Saturday, July 29.
It will see a record number of shearers from Australia and New Zealand converge on the small rural town, where they will compete in four major categories.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Despite a rising exchange rate, a smaller national offering had the Eastern Market indicator (EMI) rise by 28 cents, pushing the major Indicator over the 1,500 cents mark to finish at 1,506c/kg.
Increased buyer activity resulted in a drop in the overall pass in rate by 3 percent to 6 percent nationally.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A WIRELESS Farm initiative that enables remote monitoring of livestock and water infrastructure has won the inaugural Australian Wool Innovation Tech eChallenge.”