THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “GETTING young people into growing wool is the biggest challenge facing the industry, according to Darren Solly.
But it certainly isn’t a problem on his property at Craddock in South Australia.
Both his children, Rueben and Amy, work at the family’s property, Yednalue, and they love every minute of it.
“The lifestyle is awesome,” says Rueben.
“And seeing your product and where it can go onto the market shelf, getting to follow it, even across the world,” adds Amy.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SOUTHERN Victorian Merino studs will still open their gates as planned this week, hoping producers can cash in on the wettest start to spring many in the area can remember.
Ballarat, Lismore and Willaura were among the towns that recorded their wettest September ever, in a stark contrast to the past few years of dry conditions. Merino ram breeders hope this encourages producers to keep and join more ewes this season.”
STOCK & LAND – by Dianna Branson – “CLOVEN HILLS
153 of 160 rams sold to $3000 twice, av $1272
Cloven Hills’ third annual ram Sale at the recently flooded Casterton Showgrounds on Monday, saw a massive lift from 2015.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “‘Breed More Merino Ewes’ case study
Martin and Howard Ramsay
Warooka, Yorke Peninsula, SA
Property size 1214 hectares
Average annual rainfall 450 millimetres
Enterprise mix Three-quarters self-replacing Merino flock, one-quarter sharefarmed crops
INTEREST.CO.NZ – “….WOOL
This week’s South Island wool auction was again weak, and only 78% of the offering met vendors expectations in a market short on demand.
Crossbred indicator prices again fell to lows not seen for three years, and will be especially disappointing for farmers as buyers report the quality presented has been excellent…”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “KILFEERA PARK
43 of 45 Merinos sold to $2100, av $1277
3 of 10 Poll Merinos sold to $1100, av $1067
KILFEERA Park has recorded another successful ram sale, clearing 46 of 55 Merino and Poll Merino rams on sale on Monday.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “KOONIK DOHNE AND MITRE ROCK POLL MERINOS
82 of 85 rams sold to $3600, av $1834.
5 of 10 rams sold to $1700 (twice), av $1220.SHOW success has translated to stronger sales, for Koonik Dohne Stud and Mitre Rock Poll Merinos, Nurcoung, which saw the average price increase of more than $600 on last year.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool sales on Wooltrade started strongly early last week before dropping off in line with the auction market pattern.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “NEW South Wales shearer and former national champion Daniel McIntyre was the top performer in Australia’s latest trans-Tasman shearing test win against New Zealand last week.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Led by a ramped-up pasture and genetics investment, Vicky and Tony Geddes have transformed their Holbrook mixed enterprise operation to focus on Merino sheep.
The Geddes have broken apart pieces of their operation’s puzzle to fine-tune each stage of production and management, and in doing so, doubled the stocking capacity and output of ‘Yallock’.