SA COUNTRY HOUR – by David Sparkes – “The South Australian Government will approve big increases to levies in the sheep and cattle industries, paving the way for their implementation next month.”
VOXY.CO.NZ – Contributor: Fuseworks Media – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s Marketing Manager, Mr Malcolm Ching reports that the stronger NZ dollar and high proportion of shorter second shears wools on offer this week, saw a corresponding easing in prices for several types, however longer wools were well supported.”
OUTSIDEONLINE.COM – by Robert Moor – “In an excerpt form Robert Moor’s new book, ‘On Trails,’ the author attempts to guide sheep on foot with some of the nation’s last traditional shepherds”
COUNTRY NEWS – “Yarding 10031 (-368), comprising lambs 7513 (290) and sheep 2518 (-658)
Lamb numbers remained similar to a week ago, although quality did improve with not as many plain and lightweight pens in the yarding.
The usual buying group attended, however, not all operated at their usual capacity with some companies only purchasing limited numbers. Prices for the best quality old-season lambs and new-season lambs were firm to slightly dearer in places.”
COUNTRY NEWS – by Emma Carinci – “Electronic tagging helps livestock producers unlock the commercial value of their animals and make better decisions based on the collected data.
North-east sheep producer Hannah Marriott manages 3000 wool and meat ewes and said the whole flock had electronic tags which gave her the ability to collect information on any individual animal’s performance.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “STYLISH wool with good tensile strength sold at a 100-cent premium to lower spec types in wool sales this week.”
YNFX YARNS AND FIBERS.COM – “Indian woollen industry facing decline in exports to the USA and Europe since the last financial year due to warmer winters and economic slowdown have decided to shift their focus to markets such as Kazakhstan, Germany, China and Australia.”
STOCK & LAND – by Dianna Branson – “Glenelg Regional Merinos
78 of 81 Merino rams sold to $5500, av $1731
Rob Harding, Glendonald, with the top priced ram which sold for $5500 and John McGrath, Landmark Wool…”
STOCK & LAND – “In the 15 years the North East Merino Breeders Group has been running at an all purpose ram competition as part of their annual sale day, it has never been so close.
A ram from each of the participating studs were in the final eight rams that were pulled out as finalists (with two from Toland).”
STOCK & LAND – Dr Pat Kluver, Livestock Biosecurity Network regional manager – “A recent MLA report investigating the relationship between tail length and arthritis has shown sheep with short tails are at greater risk of developing arthritis.
Arthritis costs the sheep industry about $39 million each year through slow growth rates, deaths and trimming at the abattoirs.”