NEWS TALK ZB – “Three shearers in a Hawke’s Bay woolshed are about to smash a world record.
James Mack, Eru Weeds and Luke Mullins are half-way through their challenge to sheer 1347 sheep in eight hours.
So far, they’ve got through 804 in four hours.”
STOCK & LAND – by John Chanter – “When Charlie Webb packed up his Back Up Charlie sheep handling system after winning the Henty Machine of the Year award he thought selling half a dozen in the first 12 months would be a great outcome.
In the four to five months since the Henty Machinery Field Days in early September the Urana mixed farmer has sold nine – and online interest is constantly growing.”
THE RURAL – by Marty Moses – “WOOL prices shot to a new five-and-a-half year high at the opening auction sales for 2017.
Moses and Son principal, Marty Moses said the Eastern Market Indicator increased by 67c (+5 per cent) to close the week on 1422c/kg which wa 3c short of the previous record set in 2011.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “The Australian wool market has set a new national record this week with the Eastern Market Indicator soaring to 1431 cents a kilogram clean.
On the back of frenzied buying for finer wools in Melbourne on Tuesday, the EMI climbed six cents higher than the previous record of 1425c/kg clean which was set in June 2011.”
THE NORTHERN STAR – by Andrea Davy – “SHEARING is more than just a job for Jack Taylor.
The wool industry has been the place where he has made his living, formed lifelong friendships and it has even provided holiday work for his five sons when they were going to school or university.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES (NZ) – by Jamie Searle – “Patsy Shirley’s cooking fed many shearers in Northern Southland during the 1980s and 90s.
These days she just cooks for her family but still moves in shearing circles.
Shirley, of Lumsden, is secretary of the Northern Southland Community Shears which hosts the New Zealand Full Wool Championships at Five Rivers on Friday.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand sheep shearers James Mack, Eru Weeds and Luke Mullins are heading towards adding up to 170 sheep to a world three-stand shearing record.”
NZ HERALD – Hawke’s Bay Today – “Three shearers are hoping to become the third crew to set a world shearing record in the central North Island within eight days.
The attempt started at 6am at Waitara Station, north of Napier-Taupo Rd landmark Te Pohue.”
ABC RURAL – SA Country Hour – by Cassandra Steeth – “Australia’s wool market is going great guns with its strongest week in five and a half years. After a three-week Christmas break, the wool market jumped 67 cents to its highest level since 2011. The Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) — Australia’s wool market benchmark — last week closed at 1422 cents, three cents shy of the record. Fine textile wool (17 micron) had the biggest gains, climbing 25 per cent.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SOUTH-WESTERN New South Wales landholders have this week to register for 1080 and Canid Pest Ejector training and wild dog control workshops.”