SHEEP CENTRAL – “JOINED Merino ewes sold to $265 and scanned in-lamb first cross ewes made $251 on AuctionsPlus last week. “
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “MILTON wool handler Cheri Peterson has become the latest addition to the ranks of open class winners by claiming the Southern Shears title at Gore in New Zealand last week. Uniquely, all three in Friday’s final were gunning for their first open win in New Zealand, with the South Otago rookie winning by just over.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Kim Woods – “SHEEP producers have been urged by a prominent southern Australian skin buyer to use only a keyhole crutch, minimise shearing cuts and avoid the use of branding fluid on sale lambs.”
PERTH NOW – by Trevor Paddenburg – “IT’S lunch time in the shearing shed at a rural Forest Grove property just south of Margaret River and half a dozen shearers are sleeping as peacefully as lambs.
The post-lunch nap in the heat of the day is a time-honoured tradition among shearers, and these men — and women — have certainly earned it: they’ve been shearing sheep since sun up and will continue until sunset.”
THE BORDER MAIL – “Three Riverina sheep and wool industry enthusiasts are among seven finalists drawn from a national field in the industry’s prestigious Peter Westblade Scholarship.
Harrison Stonnill, who works on his family’s merino operation Cocketgedong between Jerilderie and Urana is joined by Wagga pair Hilary Beech and Veronika Hartmeier among the finalists.”
STOCK & LAND – by Kylie Nicholls – “LANDMARK stud stock specialist Stephen Chalmers is hoping to use the upcoming Loddon Valley District Stud Merinos Field Day to educate producers on the importance of combining the visual classing of sheep with objective measurements.”
FARM WEEK (UK) – by Terri Dougan – “A RANDALSTOWN farmer has been elected as British Wool’s Northern Ireland regional board member for a three year term.
Brendan Kelly will take up his position on April 1. As well as being an active member of the UFU’s Beef and Lamb Committee, Brendan is also a member of the BISCA executive committee and a senior shearing judge, as well as an advance shearer in his own right.”
STOCK & LAND – by Kylie Nicholls – “ARCHDALE producers, the McClelland family, have increased the size of their self-replacing Merino flock to take advantage of the recent lift in wool and lamb prices.”
THE LAND – “SOME of the top Merino operations in the country have been put to the test with the Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Challenge, and the two-year competition will finish next week with the final shearing.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 16 February 2018 (Week 33)