THE RURAL – “Doubling the rate of genetic gain in Merino flocks by 2022 is the aim of a sheep industry project in NSW, Victoria and Western Australia.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “LOCAL stud breeders had great success at last week’s NSW Sheep Show in Dubbo;
Peter Matus of Tara Stud, Rockley, showed the Supreme Champion Border Leicester and Grand Champion Texel Ram.”
SOUTH EAST FARM PRESS – “For all of the black sheep out there, there is hope. Today, the wool from black sheep is in great demand from the fashion industry.
“We got the term black sheep of the family because for hundreds of years when a black lamb was born, they were sold for meat because the commercial market couldn’t die black wool. The black sheep was the one you got rid of,” explains Francis Chester, who has been shepherd in Augusta Springs, Va., for 50 years.”
RIVERINE HERALD – “Corowa Market held on Monday, May 28 had 2,043 lambs yarded. This was a decrease of 3,102 from the previous week. There was also 2,740 sheep yarded, a decrease of 788.”
THE WEEK (UK) – “Noted for their soft wool coats, Merino sheep are everywhere in Australia and New Zealand, and they account for more than 50% of the world’s sheep population. The thing that sets Australian/Kiwi Merino apart from wool produced in northern climates is its superfine quality, however not all Merinos are superfine.”
THE COUNTRY – ” A total of 133 of the best sheep, goat and alpaca fleeces in New Zealand and perhaps the world will be judged in Tarras today.
The annual National Golden Fleece Competition is being hosted by the Upper Clutha A&P Society in Wanaka for the second year running.”
TOWN & COUNTRY – “Genetic technology, the wool value chain and non-mulesing management techniques will be all under the spotlight when growers from across the nation gather for the MerinoLink conference on June 20.
To be held at Mercure Goulburn from 8am to 4.30pm, the conference will be followed by a field day on June 21 at Cavan Station, Yass, showcasing on-farm data collection for improving productivity and the progeny of the 2017 MerinoLink sire evaluation.”
STOCK & LAND – by Kristen Frost – “A shift away from a traditional annual shearing to a shorter six and eight month interval shearing is a trend starting to gain favour with wool growers across Australia.
But with the spotlight on the current prospering wool market how is this affecting the supply and is there any real benefit to producers?
Lionel Plunkett, Senior Market Analyst, Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) said the flow into the wool market had become more consistent since the trend started to emerge.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “THIS is the week few, if any, saw coming.
The week where wool is odds-on to smash through the magical $20 a kilogram barrier — or 2000c/kg if you want to bask in its full numerical glory.
A quarter of a century ago — not long after wool’s current woes began — former Prime Minister Paul Keating proclaimed the ALP’s surprise 1993 federal election win as “one for the true believers”. Wool’s current run is one for the fibre’s true believers. “
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Sally Cripps – “A pen of Merino weaner wethers has walked all over Dorper, Aussie White and Coolalee entries in a new trade sheep weight gain competition run by the Isisford Sheep and Wool Show.”