NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “A daggy duo, unshorn for five years, have a date booked with the shears when their weighty fleece will be sold off to raise money for charity.
The reclusive crossbreed rams have remained undetected from the rousey’s eye by hiding out in the broom and gorse of a barren Marlborough riverbed.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL buyers bought 277 bales online last week as the Australian auction market held firm and the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator closed unchanged at 1331c/kg clean.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “New Zealand Merino chairwoman Ruth Richardson has slammed a suggestion the company’s management is greedy and guilty of self-enrichment, saying it was a “calculated insult” that was both “offensive and wrong”.”
NZ FARMER – by Heather Chalmers – “Two years of drought in North Canterbury have forced the Stevenson family near Cheviot to make some tough decisions.
Virtually all cattle have been sold, including an angus beef herd and sheep numbers are down.
However, it has also brought silver linings, with more lambs on the ground this spring than ever, after a record ewe pregnancy scanning of 177 per cent, despite having 380 fewer sheep.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales – “This time last year, Jim and Leonie Nunn’s 32,000ha property Sunnyside, 130km southwest of Longreach, was nothing but bare red dirt paddocks and struggling scrub country.”
HIGH COUNTRY NEWS – Essay by Brian Kearney – “In a 2000 study, researchers at the University of Southern Australia found that by every measurement taken, from sustained heart rate to oxygen consumption to calories burned, sheep shearing was tougher on the human body than any other work measured. More energy is burned shearing sheep for a day than running a marathon. The study leader called it “the hardest work in the world.””
THE SHEEP SITE – USDA National Wool Review – 31 October 2016
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has launched a new free podcast called The Yarn to inform the nation’s levy-paying wool growers.”
VOXY – Contributor: Fuseworks Media – “Invercargill shearer Nathan Stratford was back on the road again to record a notable first at the Ashburton A and P Show on Saturday.
In his 20th season of Open-class competition, Stratford gave another display of the determination needed for a possible World Championships bid in his home town in February to claim another show title, this time 480km away from home at the Ashburton A and P Show.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Catherine Miller – “RAM breeders are encouraged to nominate high-performing young sires for the first season of the SA Merino Sire Evaluation.”