STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Marshall – “On the back of a 56 per cent lift in statutory profit, Elders predicts a busy run of acquisitions will power almost half its agribusiness growth in the next few years.
Profits jumped to $38.3 million for the farm services company in the first half of 2016-17, thanks partly to the return of good summer cropping activity in NSW and Queensland, strong livestock market and real estate trends and revived finance and insurance earnings.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “GLOBAL retailers have tapped into a new chain of custody for the Australian wool industry, which is set to process 500 tonne of wool under a new initiative between Australian Merino Exports and Roberts Limited.
About two years ago, AME, Roberts and Tasmanian woolgrowers Julian and Annabel von Bibra, took a gamble and financed the processing of 20t of wool tops which they then pitched to Italian mills.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “There was plenty of interest generated and a few snide remarks offered when NLIS sheep scanning gear was road-tested for the first time at Wycheproof saleyard on Friday. The testing of the new portable equipment was the idea of Australia Livestock Saleyards Association (ALSA), who have been granted funds by the state government to enable the full implementation of RFID scanning equipment into Victorian saleyards.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – Image by Chloe Smith – “IT’S a black-and-white approach to lambing at the Hinchliffes’ farm in western Victoria, where blackfaced Dorpers meet Poll Dorset-White Suffolk-East Friesian ewes.
A good autumn break has ensured a smooth start to lambing.”
THE STANDARD – “Kathy and Trevor Mibus of “Glenara Merinos” at Dunkeld are the Hamilton region winners of this year’s fleece competition run by the Australian Superfine Woolgrowers Association (ASWGA).
The winners of the grand champion title in the national competition were Ed & Jill Hundy of “Windradeen”, Pyramul, near Mudgee in NSW.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – NSW Country Hour by Sally Bryant – “A strong family attachment to a sheep farm in the New South Wales southern Highlands is drawing to a close, as the Ashtons clear the decks at Markdale near Crookwell.
The farm has been sold by the Ashton family, ending a nearly century long attachment to the rolling hills.
A selection of furniture and artworks from the Markdale house has gone up for auction, as the family prepares for their final departure from the property.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “PREDICTING weather conditions and the direct impact seasonal changes have on enterprises is the crystal ball every farmer wants to own.
Flystrike threats, feed production and optimal joining times all hinge on climate predictions, which is why this week, the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) launched web-based app, ASKBILL.”
FARMING AHEAD – by Kristy Moroney – “When compared to the same time last year, Elders made an improvement to the tune of $12.3 million.
Elders CEO Mark Allison said improved summer cropping conditions helped boost earnings from the company’s retail operations by $6.5 million.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Pyramul fine wool producers, the Hundy family, have been crowned the prestigious Cleckheaton Grand Champion Superfine Fleece Trophy during the annual Australian Superfine Woolgrowers’ Association (ASWGA) annual conference in Hamilton, Victoria.”
THE RURAL – by Stephen Burns – “During the 88th Merino ewe competition run under the auspices of the Berridale Agricultural Bureau, judge Richard Chalker, Lach River Merinos, Darby’s Falls, noted the focus on good ‘fronts’ in many of the 14 flocks entered, concerned as they are, with producing as much wool as possible.”