SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand sheep shearers James Mack, Eru Weeds and Luke Mullins are heading towards adding up to 170 sheep to a world three-stand shearing record.”
NZ HERALD – Hawke’s Bay Today – “Three shearers are hoping to become the third crew to set a world shearing record in the central North Island within eight days.
The attempt started at 6am at Waitara Station, north of Napier-Taupo Rd landmark Te Pohue.”
ABC RURAL – SA Country Hour – by Cassandra Steeth – “Australia’s wool market is going great guns with its strongest week in five and a half years. After a three-week Christmas break, the wool market jumped 67 cents to its highest level since 2011. The Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) — Australia’s wool market benchmark — last week closed at 1422 cents, three cents shy of the record. Fine textile wool (17 micron) had the biggest gains, climbing 25 per cent.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SOUTH-WESTERN New South Wales landholders have this week to register for 1080 and Canid Pest Ejector training and wild dog control workshops.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “IT was a busy and challenging week for all participants across the Australian wool pipeline last week, including brokers, exporters and forward traders.”
NZ FARMER – “Wool prices were firm for better style and colour fleece but poorer styles attracted less interest at the Christchurch wool sale last week.
Finer crossbred wool types showed slight improvement leading up to the Chinese New Year. Early season lamb’s wool met steady demand but lots with higher seed content were discounted.”
THE HERALD SCOTLAND – by Rog Wood, Farming Correspondent – “…. My preference was for woolly balaclavas which were tightly-knit with a slightly fluffy finish on the outside. When it rained, water sat on the surface of the hat rather than penetrating and soaking it. As long as I regularly shook the water off, it kept my head dry in all but the worst rain. Even when it did get soaked, it still kept me warm.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “CONCERNS over future fine wool supplies have pushed the Australian wool market to its highest level since 2011.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “LIVESTOCK producers are being warned to watch for perennial rye-grass toxicosis this summer.
Agriculture Victoria issued a warning about potential deaths from the condition, with outbreaks after wet springs and dry summers.
Senior veterinary officer Rob Suter said the toxicosis shows up as staggers, ill thrift, heat stress, scours and potentially lower fertility.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce mcLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “SPECTACULAR LIFT: The wool market opened with major gains for all Merino types this week. LIKE New Year’s Eve fireworks, the wool market opened with plenty of vim and vigour this week with spectacular gains for all Merino types.”