STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “This year’s high rainfall totals make an increase in the average eastern Australian average Merino fibre diameter more likely.
This is according to Ag Concepts Advisory’s managing director Robert Herrmann.
Mr Herrmann explained to woolgrowers at The Mountain Dam Merino stud’s ram sale last Friday at Telangatuk East, that past correlation between a change in rainfall and a similar change in the fibre diameter pointed to the average micron starting to increase from early 2017.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “The Mountain Dam Merino stud
47 of 60 rams sold to $2600, av $1334
A TRAIT leader in yearling and adult weights, as well as number of lambs weaned, Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs)has topped The Mountain Dam Merino stud sale.”
SAFETY CULTURE – by Haydee – “Kiwi farmers are urged to work with their shearers in managing injury risks. Former world champion shearer Sir David Fagan says that farmers should look out for risks associated with shearing.
“Contractors who shear or crutch thousands of sheep each year are generally well set up to manage risks,” he said. “However, shearing gear needs to be well-maintained, and if you’re upgrading the shearing plant, consider a safety sensor with a cut-out switch.”
STOCK & LAND – “Dedication to the Saxon Merino breed has paid off for the Western District’s Meek family.
Garry and Sharon Meek, Elenora, Mininera, have won the Wool Excellence award from 350 year-old Italian luxury textile maker Vitale Barberis Canonico at its annual Wool Excellence Award.”
FARMING UK – “The British wool industry has said it will remain optimistic in turbulent market times, emphasising there are opportunities going forward for British wool but only if all parts of the wool industry collaborated and cooperated.
Last week’s British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) annual conference in Leeds showed the industry is still showing signs of innovation in the form of collaboration which had driven a resurgence in iconic wool products.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “MININERA superfine woolgrowers Garry and Sharon Meek have won the prestigious Vitale Barberis Canonico Wool Excellence Award with a focus on producing superfine Saxon wool with special qualities.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “VALUABLE wool, sheep meat and skin exports have helped maintain Victoria as the leading food and fibre exporting state in Australia.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “LAMB prices opened firm to dearer in the Dubbo saleyards this week, but generally fell in other centres as more and heavier lambs came into Victorian and South Australia saleyards.”
STOCK & LAND – by Catherine Miller – “A three-year Meat & Livestock Australia-funded producer demonstration site in the Upper South East is tackling the costly problem of grass seeds in lambs.
Producers can be slapped with $1 a kilogram or more discounts for seed-infested carcases and just one grass seed can threaten a processor’s export licence.”
STOCK & LAND – by Jeanette Severs – “Among his neighbours, sheep grazier Murray Frew feels very fortunate. The fourth generation of his family to graze sheep at Meerlieu, he is preparing for his daughter to succeed him on the farm.”