STOCK & LAND – “There was an increase in bales offered nationally last week, but not enough to bring the season total anywhere near last year’s levels.
There was a total of 38,516 bales offered, 2528 more bales than last week, which brought the national total to 39,000 bales lower, or 12.5 per cent, than last season.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “NEW Zealand’s prohibition on surgical mulesing of sheep from next month has “opened the door” to the banning of the practice worldwide, according to Australian Wool Network managing director John Colley.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “GRANT and Annette Burbidge admit they are not like most traditional Merino breeders.
“The less lambs I’ve got the happier I am,” Grant said. “I’m the opposite to everyone else.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “The Victorian Government has announced $5 million in funding to support Victorian farmers experiencing drought conditions, but not all of it has been positively received.”
FARM WEEKLY – “This Roseville Park ram was purchased privately for $15,000 by the Mallibee stud, Wannamal, at the 2018 Rabobank National Merino Show and Sale at Dubbo, New South Wales, last week. With the ram is Scott Thrift (left), Elders Dubbo Merino specialist, buyer Roger Glover, Mallibee stud and stud consultant Bruce Cameron, Kingsley and Roseville Park stud principal Matthew Coddington, Dubbo, NSW.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Travis King – “THE Kolindale Esperance ram sale again received good support from a loyal band of locals who pushed prices to a $2900 top on Monday.
While there are never a large number of buyers that register at the sale – this year there was 18 – they were all there to buy and buy in volume.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – Countryman – by Bob Garnant – Ecological fashioned Merino garments were paraded at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days in the spirit of community and conservation.
It was a glimpse of what is to come for Eco Fashion Week Australia when a contingent of national and international designers follow suit during week-long events to be held at two locations in Australia.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “While animal cruelty claims via social media reach a wide audience, its use has made little contribution to reporting of animal cruelty claims. According to Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, while the social media attracted a lot of attention, it had little impact on reporting levels.”
STUFF – by Heather Chalmers – “High injury rates amongst sheep farmers and shearing gang workers has led the industry to clean up its act with the launch of an online woolshed safety application.
Tahi Ngātahi is a collaboration between Federated Farmers and the New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association, with financial backing from ACC and the support of WorkSafe.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Taylor Jurd – “Gilgandra shearing contractor Steven Mudford is the new world record holder for the number of wethers shorn in eight hours.
Steven shore 373 sheep at Parkdale Stud, Collie on September 8, beating the previous record of 356, which was held by David Grant for 11 years.”