OUTSIDE ON-LINE – by Will Grant – “Fred Roberts’s sheep lead cold, hard lives. The herd of some 500 Rambouillet-Columbia ewes spend the winter on the prairies of southwestern Wyoming, where the wind can strip the paint off a Ford pickup. In the spring, they walk 300 miles north to their summer range in the mountains near Jackson, which can see snowfall just about any day of the year. “
WVTF RADIO – “A Virginia Tech student is gearing up today for international competition in what some call the Olympics of sheep shearing.
Sandy Hausman reports on the American team’s odds for success and one woman’s quest for personal best.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “BUYERS scouring online stocks for good quality Merino fleece boosted Wooltrade sales last week. Wooltrade market operations supervisor Tom Rookyard said 610 bales of wool were sold online last week with the strong buyer and exporter activity in the market.”
MUDGEE GUARDIAN – by Lisa Duce – “Merryville stud, Boorowa, gained the top-price of $7000 and the top average of $3250 for six rams at the 61st annual Mudgee Merino ram sale held on Monday.
A large buying gallery on hand purchased 34 of the 45 rams offered by nine vendors to average an overall $1874. It was a result similar to last year’s outcome of 33 rams sold to an average of $1811.”
NZ HERALD – by Sieska Verdonk – “Kopere Downs works in the back country near Taihape.
He’s been a shearer for 20 years, and now he’s reached a major milestone.
“Today is my millionth sheep. I’ve shorn my millionth sheep on record. I have a little black book that I have written in every day for the last 20 years,” he says.”
ABC RURAL – by Courtney Fowler – “Toxoplasmosis is estimated to cost the sheep industry as much as $70 million a year across South Australia, according to a new study at the University of Adelaide.
The disease, caused by the parasite toxoplasma gondii, can result in abortion in pregnant ewes and in weakened lambs post-infection.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Cleeland – “There hasn’t been enough focus on optimising the genetics between meat and wool.
Former AWI board member and Sheep CRC chair, John Keniry believes AWI should review its investment ration in a bid to stimulate production gains…”
The Sheep, Deer and Cattle Report: Further despair at wool auction but demand for Easter chilled lamb is strong (NZ)
INTEREST.CO.NZ – posted in Rural News – by Tony Chaston – “… This week’s double island auction saw prices again fall with only 64% of the offering selling, and this was after 2100 bales was withdrawn before the sale…”
NBR NZ – by Jonathan Underhill – “Cavalier Corp cut its 2017 guidance, and is now projecting no earnings growth, because of difficult trading conditions in Australia and “an increasingly depressed” wool market.”
NZ CITY – “Cavalier Corp says it isn’t expecting any earnings growth this year because of tough trading in Australia and a depressed wool market.”