SUN LIVE – by Ryan Wood – “Some of the best shearers in the district – and even the country – will be heading down to Top Shot Bar in Te Puna on January 14 for the 17th annual Te Puna Speed Shear competition.
Around 100 lambs will have their coats shorn off at lightning speeds by competitors who can usually do at least three times that number by themselves in a day.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WHILE wool production is forecast to escalate 2.2 per cent to 332 million kilograms greasy wool in 2016-17, the Australian sheep flock is set to continue to decline…”
NZ FARMER – by Briar Babington – “It’s not a calling which beckons a lot of people, but for those who are drawn to the buzzing of clippers sliding their way over a sheep, shearing is a craft they are dedicated to.
Sheep numbers peaked in the early 80s at 70 million, but in recent years that number has dropped closer to 30 million.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “A big week of shearing in the central North Island kicks-off on Tuesday (January 10) with an attack on a record set six years ago by Northland and Hawke’s Bay gun Rowland Smith on the road to becoming one of the World’s greatest shearers.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “With a World shearing championships in the South Island for the first time less than a month away Peninsula Shears organiser Phil Bremner faces a dilemma in not knowing how many more competitors he can expect for his show next Saturday (January 14).”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “Old ways: A Terrick Terrick stud ram from the 1940s. Nearly 4000 rams were sold to clients the length of the state at a peak in the 1960s. Picture sourced from State Library of Queensland…”
STOCK & LAND – Flashback Friday | December 1969
Heading back to December 1969 this week, featuring pics from the dispersal sale of Corriedales at Terlinga, and a Mount Pleasant sale. Wool hit a seasonal record high of 300 cents per pound and Merinos were sold for $8.75.
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: World Shearing Champs – “The 2017 World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships will attract the best shearers and woolhandlers from 32 countries around the world and thousands of spectators to ILT Stadium Southland in Invercargill in February.
But there’s another group of around 4500 that are just as important to proceedings. Southland’s finest sheep have as big a role in the Championships’ success as anyone.
Just ask 12-time World Champion Sir David Fagan.”
ABC RURAL – WA Country Hour by Tyne Logan – “A Western Australian sheep producer is concerned an unusual absence of rabbits on his property is going to cause big problems come lambing time.”
JUST STYLE – by Leonie Barrie – “The International Wool Textile Organisation is hitting back at the “misconception that wool can cause an allergic reaction” after recent claims the new wool-blend uniforms issued to American Airlines flight attendants have led to health issues including hives, rashes, headaches, coughing and burning skin.”