SHEPPARTON NEWS – “Livestock health experts are warning of the growth of triple-resistant and monepantel-resistant worms in the lead-up to sheep drenching.
Virbac Australia said drench resistance cost the Australian sheep and wool industry millions of dollars from lost production and associated costs each year and some sheep farmers continued to use outdated drench technology on their farms.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Rueben Hale – “Agriculture Minister Alannah MacTiernan is confident WA can rebuild its dwindling sheep numbers.
The current state of the flock stands at about 13.7 million, with industry experts believing the amount needs to be increased to take full advantage of current record wool and sheepmeat prices.”
NZ FARMER – by Pat Deavoll – “Merino farmers front-footing environmental and animal welfare standards are finding better paying niche markets opening up for them.
A property in the Ashburton Lakes area has secured a contract to sell wool direct to a major American retailer, said Rakaia Gorge runholder Willy Ensor.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Broad areas of low pressure across northern Australia produced storms and showers. A deepening surface trough and low pressure system inland of the west coast of Western Australia produced moderate falls.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A HANDFUL of WA woolgrowers appear to be cashing in on exceptional prices for top specification, soft, high-crimp specialised wool, with massive increases in volumes tested through December and January.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “ONE OF China’s most successful design labels COMME MOI has just launched its Cool Wool collection in Australia.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “TEXTILE Exchange’s international wool assurance system, the Responsible Wool Standard, is investigating alignment with a global sheep meat standard.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN sheep producers take note: Victorian researchers want your green blowflies.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Glynis Traill-Nash – ” … There’s a certain logic and irony behind the 18-month-old brand by Ned Scholfield. His family farm, Glenoe (settled by the brand’s namesake Duncan McIntyre in 1846) in the Western District of Victoria, grows superfine merino wool, and after a stint as international sales manager for luggage brand Crumpler, Scholfield decided to start an Australian-made knitwear label that took the wool from farm to store. So far, so logical. All the pieces are manufactured in Australia — no mean feat, as there are only three knitwear factories left in the country, all of them in Melbourne. But when it comes to processing the raw wool, things hit a snag. The chunkier knits for men use wool grown on Glenoe, processed and knitted in Australia, but the
finer-weight knits are created using Australian wool bought from Japan.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “OPTIMISING overall profitability is the goal for Scott Nicholson.
And that goal is behind all of his farming decisions.
“We want to achieve the best possible return per hectare across all enterprises on the farm,” Scott said.”