THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “CROP grazing in a pasture-based livestock system can increase returns by 25 per cent or more, according to the CSIRO’s Hugh Dove.
Mr Dove demonstrated to the Animal Production 2016 conference in Adelaide recently that grazing dual-purpose crops could more than double the sheep grazing days per hectare of an operation.
The flow-on effect grazing crops could have on the availability of pasture on a property was often not included in the equation, Mr Dove said.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Shannon Twomey – “FOR the past 10 years, Tom Small has flown from New Zealand to visit Bendigo for the Australian Sheep and Wool Show. “
BUSINESS STANDARD – by Komal Amit Gera – “India’s woollen industry is facing a double whammy, with demand for woollen products falling and prices of raw materials increasing. So far as wool production and consumption are concerned, India is largely import-dependant for finer quality wool, where Australia and surrounding regions are among the leading suppliers.”
CROOKWELL GAZETTE – by Bronwyn Haynes – “Thomas Wilkinson Green started his wool broking business in 1905 at Cooma.
He adopted a policy to purchase wool at one-thousand-feet or higher.
The higher areas are much better for wool growing regions.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MERINO flocks will be the focus of an expansion of the popular Lifetime Ewe Management program (LTEM), underpinned by a new $1.6-million investment from Australian Wool Innovation.”
GOULBURN POST – by Louise Thrower – “THE council has pushed Goulburn’s credentials as a future wool selling centre to the State Government.
Mayor Geoff Kettle and general manager Warwick Bennett met with Primary Industries Minister Niall Blair recently in Sydney.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE business behind Merinoselect will no longer be directly funded by Australian Wool Innovation.
Sheep Genetics, which brought Merinoselect and Lambplan to the sheep industry, was previously co-funded by AWI and Meat and Livestock Australia.”
NZ FARMER – by Tony Benny – “Farmers in the Mackenzie country are used to nature’s challenges.
They seem to have the upper hand in the long-running rabbit war, but now another invader is threatening their livelihoods, an introduced weed called horehound.
Unpalatable to stock, horehound looks a bit like mint but doesn’t smell as good and it thrives in patches all over New Zealand, especially in the dry. While it can be killed by herbicide, the chemicals leave residues that also knock other species. And then horehound returns, usually more vigorous than before.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale – “CONSULTANTS fear operational challenges with the compulsory electronic tagging (EID) of sheep and goats in Victoria, due to inadequate software and traceability issues, outweigh industry gains. “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “IT SHOULD be national or nothing when it comes to mandatory electronic tagging of sheep, says John Drife.
“I can see merit for disease traceability, but unless it is national it is a waste of time,” Mr Drife said.
The Glendaruel mixed farmer produces terminal lambs from Merino and cross-bred ewes, and said the amount of sheep crossing borders defeated the purpose of Victoria-only electronic traceability.”