QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Beale – “WHEN the New Zealand wool industry was being crippled by the fluctuating prices in the 1990s, fine wool growers banded together to redefine the industry’s business model in order to survive.
In 1995, The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) was founded as a sales, marketing, and innovation company which has shattered the traditional supply chain by connecting woolgrowers with consumers.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “EXCLUSIVE: ALL sheep born in Victoria from January 1 next year must be electronically tagged, under a controversial government plan to be unveiled today.
In a move likely to anger other states and divide the industry, Victoria has vowed to move forward with compulsory electronic sheep identification — becoming the first state in Australia to do so.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE impact of recent dry seasons will continue to be felt over the next 12 months of wool production.
The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee has revised its shorn wool production forecast for the 2016-17 year to 325 million kilograms greasy — the same amount as was produced in the 2015-16 season.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Riahn Smith – “THEY’RE the pioneers of Penzance — three brothers from the small Cornwall town in the south of England who left their homeland to seek new opportunities halfway around the world.
Alexander, William and John Dennis arrived in Port Phillip in 1840 and ventured west to the unsettled lands near Lake Colac.”
STOCK & LAND – by Jeanette Severs – “Omeo’s Darren Hayward is building his flock in the shadow of Mt Hotham, using Pendarra bloodlines with the occasional infusion of Round Hill Merinos.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Clinical studies are showing the therapeutic benefits of wearing superfine Merino wool for those suffering skin conditions such as eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis (AD).
Typically resulting in itchy, red, cracked and painful skin, AD often starts in childhood with between 12 per cent and 28 per cent of children now born in western countries affected according to Wohl et al. (2015)”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Beale – “RECORD high lamb markings have softened the blow of sustained historic high slaughter levels on the national sheep flock.”
PORT LINCOLN TIMES – by Paula Thompson – “AN exceptionally even line-up of quality poll merino rams meant strong bidding from start to finish at the Collandra North sale at Tumby Bay on Wednesday, August 17.
Buyers came from far and wide, including the Yorke Peninsula, Mid North, pastoral areas, interstate and across the Eyre Peninsula.”
NZ FARMER – by Sonita Chandar – “Sheep genetics expert Mark Young admits he doesn’t know everything. “But what I do know is the success of sheep breeding in New Zealand lies in the co-operative nature of breeders,” he says.
After 15 years at Beef + Lamb NZ , the senior geneticist leaves New Zealand next month to take on a new challenge in Britain. He will be of head of innovation at the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock in York.
He believes great potential exists in New Zealand to lift the sheep and beef industry to a higher level through the use of genetics. Creating tools for the sheep industry has been vitally important in opening up more opportunities for sheep breeding programmes, regardless of what breed a farmer is farming, he says.”
EYRE PENINSULA TRIBUNE – by Paula Thompson – “A RECORD average of $1888 was set at the Morley Poll Merino stud’s on-property sale at Cleve, backed by strong repeat client support.
The auction, held on Friday, followed this season’s trend in poll merino sales, with the average and top price well up on the previous year.
The average of $1888 was $475 higher than last year’s $1413.”