SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “SHEARING contractors have been reminded to reduce animal welfare risks and be vigilant in worker supervision after a South Australian shearer was banned for two years over sheep cruelty charges.”
WELLINGTON TIMES – by Nick Grimm – “This year, Wellington High School ran a pilot ‘Concept Farm’ program for Stage 5 (Year 9 and 10) students in agriculture.
‘Concept Farm’ is a program offered to get students interested in the agricultural sector, creating awareness around the various prospects it has to offer.”
YAHOO 7 NEWS – by Melissa Meehan AAP – “A South Australian shearer has pleaded guilty to abusing sheep by twisting their limbs while standing and stomping on them in a Victorian shearing shed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “AUSTRALIAN agricultural production is tipped to smash the $60 billion mark in 2016-17.
The record-breaking figure, revealed today in the latest ABARES Agricultural Commodities report, is an increase of 6.1 per cent from 2015-16 and up on the September forecast of $58.4 billion.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES (NZ) – 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.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “A SOUTH Australian shearer has effectively been banned from shearing sheep or being in charge of any farm animal in Victoria for two years, after pleading guilty to four animal cruelty offences relating to shearing in a north west Victorian shearing shed three years ago.”
CHINCHILLA NEWS – by Andrea Davy – “SHE calls it the beautiful truth.
“If you walk into a working woolshed it’s like it’s choreographed,” wool classer Chantel McAlister said.
“And if you just sit back and watch people working, it’s like the shearers dance around the sheep … and the wool handlers are perfectly timed.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Beale – “WITH a corporate career in information technology and supply chain logistics spanning three decades, Andrew Ross’ recent entry into the wool industry was never going to be without digital disruption.
When helping out on his father’s ultrafine wool property in Guyra, Northern NSW, nearly six years ago, a seed of passion was planted for the Merino wool industry which made him dissatisfied with his corporate life.”
NZ FARMER – by Joyce Wyllie – “OPINION: The familiar tune of “Christmas Bells, those Christmas bells, Ringing through the land” at this time of the year tends to become stuck in the brain.
Songs carry memories and this one takes me back to one summer when I was rousing in a shearing gang between my years of university studies.
With no fancy ipods, bluetooth or modern sound system we listened to the woolshed radio, so day after day we heard the Red Baron cry out to Snoopy “Merry Christmas my friend!”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “PRODUCERS, stock handlers, private and government vets and animal health policy-makers will receive first-hand insight into dealing with Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) thanks to the Coalition government’s $491,000 investment for training in Nepal.”