NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “Agriculture’s volatility isn’t letting up but the revival of dairy from two low payout years appears to be making up for declining meat and wool returns.
The overall brighter outlook based on the dairy industry beginning to rebound and backed by horticulture and forestry growth has the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) optimistic the primary sector is entering a stable period.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook, Rural Reporter – “The latest situation and outlook report for the primary sector is forecasting a nearly 0.8 percent drop in export revenue to $36.7 billion for the year to June 2017.
This is down $0.3b from the previous year, but the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is banking on stronger dairy prices helping to pull the export revenue up by over 12 percent in 2018.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “A RUSH of wool hitting the market after prices reached five year highs has left the Australian Wool Testing Authority working overtime.
The AWTA’s Melbourne laboratory worked at the weekend to catch up, and the National Auction Selling Committee allowed those brokers selling on Tuesday and Wednesday an extended catalogue deadline for delayed results.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie -Lee Oldfield – “PREDICTIONS of a falling wool market were realised last week, after prices reached a five-year high a week earlier.
Most of the gains from the past month were lost as the Eastern Market Indicator fell 29c/kg to finish at 1349c/kg.
Merino wool lost up to 60c/kg on the first day of a three-day trading week in Melbourne, and despite recovering slightly by the end of the week, was still up to 45c/kg lower week-on-week.”
THE SCOTTISH FARMER – by Gordon Davidson, News Editor – ” ABERDEENSHIRE-BASED animal nutrition specialists Harbro have been confirmed as major sponsors of the North of Scotland’s biennial sheep event, Highland Sheep 2017.
Organised by the National Sheep Association Scotland, the event will be hosted by the Clark family at Kinnahaird Farm, Contin, Strathpeffer, on Wednesday, May 31.”
PEOPLE STYLE – by Emily Kirkpatrick – “UPDATE: And there’s a new unexpected addition to PETA’s anti-wool family, Joaquin Phoenix. The last time you saw the actor he was likely sporting some shoulder-length, scraggly hair and a beard to match, but for his new gig as the spokesperson for the anti-animal cruelty organization, the actor has donned a much more dapper look.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Emma Field and Fiona Myers – “A LUCINDALE shearer has pleaded guilty to four animal cruelty offences relating to shearing sheep in a Neuarpurr shed in 2013.
The 60-year-old Lucindale man admitted abusing sheep by twisting the limbs of sheep and lambs while standing on them, stomping on them and kneeing a lamb with force.”
THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – by Jono Edwards – “A fine-wool sheep now has a load off its shoulders after being relieved of its 21kg fleece.
Dubbed “Mr T”, the three-quarter merino from Andrew Paterson’s Matakanui Station, near Omakau, was found with three years of wool growth about a week ago at Northburn Station, near Cromwell, before he was returned home.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Shepparton News – “The latest NSW DPI report on sheep enterprise gross margins has delivered good news, with gains across the industry.
NSW DPI sheep development officer Geoff Casburn said all breeding enterprises were performing well, with high wool and sheepmeat values and demand for breeding ewes supporting strong performances across the board.”
ABC NEWS – by Danielle Grindlay – “Victorian authorities have successfully prosecuted the first of six shearers they allege were depicted abusing sheep in a video released by animal welfare activists in 2014.
Agriculture Victoria senior veterinarian Robert Suter says six shearers, allegedly depicted abusing sheep in a video released by PETA in 2014, have been charged with animal cruelty offences. One has been successfully prosecuted, with five due to face court in 2017. (ABC News)
A 60-year-old Lucindale shearer, from south east South Australia, pleaded guilty in Horsham Magistrates Court to four animal cruelty charges dating back to 2013, when he was working in a Neuarpurr wool shed.”