THE COUNTRY- NZ HERALD – by Doug Laing – “World champion Hawke’s Bay shearers Rowland Smith and John Kirkpatrick have kept their hopes alive for another bid at the ultimate glory by being the top qualifiers for a New Zealand team selection series trial next month.”
THE MCIVOR TIMES – “After 22 years of stud breeding, Koole Vale Merino, Poll Merino and White Suffolk staged its first on-property ram sale earlier this month.
Principal Alan Harris said his Costerfield stud had always sold rams privately but Koole Vale has continued to build a strong client base and he felt the time was right to stage its first public sale.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “FINE wools which have underperformed gains experienced by the broader wool market are enjoying a time in the spotlight, driving the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) to a celebrated 16 month high.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s CEO Mr John Dawson reports that the North Island sale comprising 5553 bales saw a range of activity with 82 percent selling and mixed fortunes despite a more favourable currency factor.”
HARDEN MURRUMBURRAH EXPRESS – by Jennette Lees – “Jugiong Public School is into the state final for their Archibull Prize blog.
The Archibull Prize is an innovative program that sees urban and rural schools research an agricultural industry and express their findings through artwork.
The theme of this year’s prize is ‘Feeding and Powering a Hungry Nation is a Shared Responsibility’.
As a a small school, Jugiong was given an Archicalf to decorate and also created a blog featuring their research findings and artistic journey; find the blog at www.jugiongarchibull2016.weebly.com.
In honour of the village’s connection to the wool industry, they were allocated wool as their topic of study.”
NZ FARMER – “Southland shearers and Otago woolhanders are in the running to represent their country in the World Shearing and Wooldhandling Championships.
The championships, which are being held in Invercargill in February, will showcase shearing and wooldhandling talent from more than 30 countries.
Southland shearers Darin Forde and Nathan Stratford, and Otago woolhandlers Tia Potae and Pagan Karauria have been named in the Top Six Shootouts to select the Shearing Sports New Zealand team for the world event.”
THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – by Sally Rae – “”You are going to be the rock stars for the future consumers,” New Zealand Merino chief executive John Brakenridge told about 100 merino growers in Omarama yesterday.
Speaking before the company’s annual meeting in the township, Mr Brakenridge said new brands were emerging where consumers could get to know the producer.”
STOCK AND LAND – by Justin Conlan – “Wurrook
Total clearance of 84 rams, sold to $4500, av $1944
LAST week’s Wurrook’s on property ram sale at Rokewood was a great success and defied the trend away from finer wool.
All 84 rams offered were cleared for an average of $1944, up on last year’s average of $1372. “
NZ FARMER – by Brittany Pickett – “Robyn Charlton took her last sip of cider at Labour Weekend, as she prepares for the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in February.
The Welsh team member will be competing as one of two woolhandler competitors for her home country, alongside close friend Ffion Jones.”
STOCK & LAND – “Last Thursday, the Nhill and Kaniva Districts’ Annual Ewe and Wether Lamb Sale drew a large crowd of local Wimmera and South Australians.
In beautiful spring weather, buyers bid strongly on a top quality yarding of principally locally-bred sheep.
One and a half year-old Merino ewes sold for $172 to a top of $220. Two and a half year-old Merino ewes made $170-$180 and breeding ewes $132-$176. Wether lambs sold for $70-$110.”