STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Merino young ewes, Woodpark-blood, made to a solid $224 a head at the Rodwells//Landmark spring store sheep sale held at Wycheproof on Thursday.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “STRONG European enquiry for traditional best spinning quality fine wool boosted general Merino fleece price gains this week.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “It hasn’t been his best year for growing wool but Quilpie grazier Steven Hall has seen it happen before and he reckons, provided kangaroo populations can be managed, the district stands a chance of breeding back into productive times.”
MERCO PRESS SOUTH ATLANTIC NEWS AGENCY – by Joshua Peck, Stanley – “As part of the ongoing program to improve lamb survival rates in the Falkland Islands, a team of Falklands Landholdings Corporation (FLH) farm managers and the general manager of FLH recently travelled to Australia to undertake a three week tour of Australian Stud flocks. The aim of the trip was to continue the work done over the past decade in improving lamb survival rates, with a renewed focus on identifying young poll sires with high fat and muscle values.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “A STRONG ewe price could drive Merino ram sales this year, with breeding becoming more economical than buying.
Wurrook Merino principal Paul Walton said it had been shown that one of the most profitable operations was breeding first-cross ewes out of Merinos.
“Up until now the people doing that have been able to purchase Merino ewes at not a lot higher than they have sold their older ones for,” he said.
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “A “perfect storm” of extra demand from a shortage of Australian merino fleece fell into the hands of New Zealand farmers at the Melbourne sale this week.
The average price of $12 a kilogram, including oddments such as bellies and pieces, was up $1.20/kg from the last Australian offering by The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) three weeks ago.
Heightened demand coincided with NZM’s largest offering of 2600 bales, including 450 bales removed before the auction as part of a contract with Italian mill Reda, and dominated by hogget lines and including part tender wools.”
ABC RURAL – ABC South West WA by Anthony Pancia – “At an age when most are developing the skills required to ride a bike, Tarryn Gray chose to master a different skill, shearing.
The 19-year-old had spent her childhood watching father Greg in shearing sheds across Western Australia’s south west and aged 12, decided she decided she would like a turn.”
“COUNTRY TODAY” in Lunch on 4 stations – 3HA Hamilton / Western Victoria, 3CS Colac /South West Victoria, 3WM Horsham / Wimmera-Mallee & 3SH Swan Hill / Lower Mallee …
STOCK JOURNAL – by Catherine Miller – “PINNAROO Show president Jeremy Schutz may have missed his local show’s centenary, but he was able to bring home the national Rural Ambassador award from the Royal Launceston Show last week in Tas.
The 24-year-old farmer was thrilled to win the prestigious title ahead of outstanding entrants from each state of Australia and New Zealand. He received $5000 in sponsorship from Coca Cola to attend shows across Australia.”
FARM ONLINE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AN extensive national sheep tracing operation recently identified the challenges of the country’s livestock monitoring system, which took 14 days to trace 14 sheep to their Victorian origins…”