THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “FIVE rams sold to overseas buyers at the National Merino Ram Sale in Dubbo, NSW, today.
Overall, 65 rams sold at auction from 84 offered for an average of $6342.
The top price ram was sold by Towalba stud from Peak Hill, NSW, for $30,000 to Leleque Merino stud from Argentina.”
ABC RURAL – by Margot Foster – “Every day Fiona Hume jumps in the ute with her sheepdog Flirt and does the rounds of the property Arundel, in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Taylor Jurd – “Entries for the inaugural Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Sale Farm Expo photo competition exceeded the committee’s expectations. There were close to 90 entries at the first-ever photo competition, with budding photographers from all over the state showcasing their finest works.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Taylor Jurd – “High meat prices and reasonable wool prices along with a great season has put new found confidence in the Australian Merino breed.
This confidence was felt at the 2016 Rabobank National Ram Sale last Thursday with record-breaking prices.”
COASTAL LEADER – “Woolgrowers and sheep breeders from across the globe will gather in Adelaide for the inaugural World Merino Insight (WMI) from 4-9 September.
The six-day event covers both the meat and fibre aspects of merino production and brings together breeders, suppliers and buyers from across the sheep, wool and sheep meat industries.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Despite growing up on a farm, Nick Reid, 35, knew from a young age that he wanted to pursue a career in a creative industry.
After finishing high school at a boarding school in Melbourne, Nick completed a marketing course at Monash University, and then a film and television course at Swinburne University.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “A good season and strong prices at multi-vendor ram sales and wool sales bode well for the upcoming Victorian Merino studs’ sales.
That’s according to Victoria Stud Merino Sheep Breeders Association president Michael Collins, who said the association was optimistic that this year’s ram sales would be “considerably” stronger than last year, thanks to an improved season, with widespread average rainfall totals, and improved market indicators.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “UPDATE: THE Lette family’s Conrayn Merino stud has won the Australian Supreme Merino Ram title. In what was a first for the stud, they first took out NSW Ram of the Year, before going on to win the top gong at the National Merino Sheep Show in Dubbo, NSW, last night.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A LATE surge in wool buying at Australian auctions pushed the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator up over the 1300c/kg mark this week.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “FIFTH generation farmers Ian and Stacey Lugsdin, of Warrendale, northeast of Hay, have won the Elders northern clip of the year for 2015-16.
Their wool, nominated in January, was described by the judges as very even across all criteria, with a low midpoint break and high tensile strength.”