THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “PRICES were mixed during early trading this week, mostly because of quality variations.
The eastern states lamb indicators were mixed during early trading on Monday, however they all fell compared with last week.
The Merino lamb indicator lost the most ground, falling 33c/kg on last week’s to close Monday at 557c/kg carcass weight.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WOOL prices have surged to yet another record high price, the third for the year.
The Eastern Market Indicator closed last week at 1500c/kg, jumping 51c/kg in a week, and 145c/kg from where it finished on the last sale before Christmas.
But while in nominal terms wool prices are at a 29-year-high, the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia shows in real terms it is far from the highs seen in 1988.”
MIRAGE NEWS – “Brimbank Crime Investigation Unit members are investigating after a number of bales of wool were stolen from a business in Laverton North in the early hours of Sunday morning, Victoria Police say.”
HERALD SUN – by Samantha Townsend, News Corp, Herald Sun – “IT USED to be click go the shears boys, but the number of women now working in shearing sheds has almost doubled in the past 10 years.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics* there were 698 women in shearing sheds 10 years ago and now there are 1260.
Of those only 96 are shearers, including 27-year-old Emma Billett, who has been shearing for eight years.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “Wool prices may be on the improve after the speediest devaluation in price in living memory.
Coarse crossbred wool, which makes up the bulk of New Zealand’s clip, has dropped from $6.91 a kilogram in September 2015 to $3.50/kg in February.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WITH Australian wool exports valued at about $3.6 billion this financial year, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has reminded the chief industry body to know “where your wealth comes from”.
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A take-no-risks approach to protecting the reputation of their merino operation has put Central Western Queensland producers, David and Genevieve Counsell, at the forefront of the fight against a sinister sheep parasite.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Darren Gray – “The world is going nuts for Australian farm produce as overseas markets clamour for locally grown nuts such as almonds and macadamias as well as agricultural stalwarts such as beef, lamb, wool and cotton.”
DENILIQUIN PASTORAL TIMES – “The Peppin-Shaw Riverina Ewe Flock forum will be held in the Hay district on March 7 and 8.
This is the second biennial event in the forum format which encourages landholders to put their unclassed rising one year-old ewes on display.
The aim of the forum is to discuss the attributes of the young Merino ewes, along with the various management strategies utilised by producers to breed sheep in a harsh and variable environment.”
THE GUARDIAN – by Greg Jericho – “The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (Abares) has released its annual outlook report in conjunction with its annual conference in Canberra. The report finds that 2016-17 is set to be a bumper year for agriculture mostly off the back of exceptional growing conditions. It’s a report that highlights the importance of the right environment for agricultural production and also how susceptible agriculture is to the impact of climate change.”