FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “SHEARING at six-month intervals paid off nicely for Challara Poll Merino stud breeders and Badgingarra wool growers, the Wilkinson family, at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) last week. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “DESPITE an increase of 10,000 bales being offered the market saw little change in prices in the past week.
In US dollars the market was back 6c, in Euro no change, and in Australian dollars also zero change for the eastern market indicator (EMI) over both selling days. Overall, a good result given the reasonably large offering, and also with nearly 50,000 bales to be offered next week as the wool held up due to wet weather finds its way to store.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “A holiday in the islands seemed to be just the thing for Masterton woolhandler Cushla Abraham as she burst quickly back into action by beating a string of World champions to win the Wairarapa Spring Shears Open woolhandling title yesterday(Oct 29).
The win, at the Wairarapa A and P Show at Clareville, Carterton, was just her second in the grade top grade, now into its fifth season since she was promoted as top Senior in the country and recently married former former Cushla Gordon at the end of the 2011-12 season.”
ABC NEWS – by Tim Lee – “Five days a week for most of the year, sometimes toiling in primitive kitchens, often in remote districts of Australia’s sheep belt, far from towns and supermarkets, Dick and Cheryl Duggan prepare up to 100 meals a day.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Jake King – “The work bus rumbles and shudders, snaking around rusted heaps of machinery and sulking toolsheds spewing junk. The shearing shed looms ahead, unmistakable porthole cutouts gutting the side. I lock eyes on a grey mass steaming under young sun.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “A shortfall of Aussie merino fleece gave Kiwi farmers something to smile about at a Melbourne sale.
The large offering of 2800 bales landed on an Australian market short on merino wool because of wet conditions.
The New Zealand offering sold for an average greasy price of $12.40 a kilogram, about 40c/kg up on the last sale two weeks ago of 2500 bales which also met a rising market. The average price included part tender wool, hogget wool and oddments.”
BELPER NEWS (UK) – “A Duffield-based company is supplying high-tech, protective clothing to the Ministry of Defence’s SAS special forces and emergency services personnel.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices generally held firm at auctions across Australia this week despite brokers listing the second largest bale offering of the season.”
THE INVERELL TIMES – by Bridie Edwards, Carolyn Millet – “TWO primary producers from the New England North West have been named among the four finalists in the NSW Farmer of The Year Award.
Tingha apiarist Casey Cooper, and Walcha beef cattle and sheep producer Jock Nivison join Bobs Farm fish farmer Nick Arena, and Taree egg and beef cattle producer Peter Matuszny, in the running for the 2016 title.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN sheep producers with high operating margins have not necessarily sold lambs or sheep at higher live weights in the past three years, but generated higher meat and wool prices at lower cost than low-margin operations, an ABARES study has found.”