THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Jenne Brammer – “The wool price continues to march ahead, having reached its highest weekly closing level since the collapse of the Reserve Price Scheme in February 1991…”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Nicole Sharp – “Prime Minister Bill English accepted Sir David Fagan’s challenge, and gave him one better, beating the five time world champion at shearing a sheep at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill.”
TVNZ – “Our country boy PM beats world champion David Fagan in Invercargill despite looking a bit rusty at shearing…”
FARMERS JOURNAL (IRELAND) – “Two men, one from Donegal and one from Derry, are into the world machine shearing final in New Zealand.
Donegal’s Ivan Scott and Northern Ireland’s Jack Robinson from Claudy in Derry have qualified for the prestigious world machine shearing final in New Zealand which will commence this morning.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Peter Hannam – “Wayne “Bronco” Lunn has endured many summers in the shearing business in north-western NSW over four decades but he’s never seen one like this year’s…”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE Australian wool industry’s reputation is under threat with deteriorating clip preparation standards increasing according to some wool exporters…”
AGRINEWS – by Blum AgriNews Publications – “BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Several features of wool make it different from synthetic fibers.
“Wool is a renewable fiber and it is flame resistant so it doesn’t support fire,” said Jane Zeien, owner of the Illinois Wool and Fiber Mill in Belvidere…”
STUFF.CO.NZ – by Amber-Leigh Woolf and Briar Babington -“Labour MP Trevor Mallard, visiting Invercargill for the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, says shearing is an industry he is no stranger to.
The animal welfare spokesperson said the sheep were “damn lucky” to be in the hands of the world’s best.”
NZ FARMER – by Brittany Pickett – “Shearing is a sideline gig for Dutch world championships competitor Ype van der Woude, who spends most of his working life clipping cattle hooves.
The 54-year-old only entered his first shearing competition at an Otago event in Balclutha last week, before representing the Netherlands at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships this week…”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AS the famine for European style wool intensifies, buyers showed their cards at the designated superfine sale in Sydney on Thursday with desperate bids more than 80 cents a kilogram up on last week.”