THE CANBERRA TIMES – by Clare Sibthorpe – “A year after his record-breaking mammoth fleece turned him into a global sensation, Chris the sheep is adjusting well to life beyond the spotlight.
But while his days are now spent chewing grass and following his newfound flock in a NSW hobby farm, RSPCA chief executive Tammy Van Denge says the world has not moved on.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “AUSTRALIAN growers saw the benefit of the currency markets again in the past week as the softer tone in US dollar wool prices was masked by a lower local currency.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “TWO high-profile industry experts supplied by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) judged Yilgarn Agricultural Show’s wool section at Southern Cross this year thanks to a chance meeting.
One was respected NSW show-circuit judge, wool trader and Ausfine Wool Company director Scott Carmody.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Megan Cechner – “STRONG numbers and spirited bidding meant there were good deals and happy vendors at the Chapman Valley Stud Breeders Association ram sale held on September 6 at the Nanson showground.
The good weather ensured there were plenty of people at the sale with more than 100 people attending, and 59 registered buyers to ensure there was plenty of competition for the high quality rams.”
FARM WEEKLY – “STRONG support from return buyers ensured the Last family’s Aylesbury Merino and Poll Merino ram sale at Merredin last week was solid throughout and achieved a near total clearance.
There was a good coverage of buyers in attendance from Merredin, Trayning, Ballidu and Hines Hill and with a good season in the area and strong market prices buyers bid up strongly on their preferred lots.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “JUDGING is well underway in the livestock pavilion at the Royal Melbourne Show, with champions being awarded in a number of breeds this morning.
Judge David Wyllie from New Zealand is currently adjudicating more than 80 sheep in the Southdown feature show and will focus on the type of genetics that “satisfy our consumers and markets”.
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “DERELLA Downs and Pyramid Poll Merino stud principals Scott and Sue Pickering, Cascade, certainly know how to put on a ram sale.
Sorry, did I say ram sale? It was more like a celebration of the Merino industry.
There was live music, a flamboyant master of ceremonies, an appearance by Liberal MP Rick Wilson, delicious food, a charity auction, a big crowd of new and returning loyal Derella clients and 210 Merino and Poll Merino rams on offer.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Linda Sharman – “PRE-SALE discussions about potential crop yields, rust and frost made way for spirited bidding at the Quairading Stud Sheepbreeders ram sale last week.
A total of 31 buyers registered for the sale and 29 made purchases at the Quairading Greater Sports Pavilion, where prices peaked at $1600 for a Poll Merino ram and $1450 for a Poll Dorset.”
ABC RURAL – by Robin McConchie – “The NRM Spatial Hub (the Hub) is moving out of initial research and into commercial development thanks to a deal with Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation.”
THE FLINDERS NEWS – “It’s been a big week for Merino ram sales across the region.
Strong Australia-wide and international interest has resulted in some spectacular on-property ram sales in the Mid North this week.”