CHINCHILLA NEWS – by Andrea Davy – “SHE calls it the beautiful truth.
“If you walk into a working woolshed it’s like it’s choreographed,” wool classer Chantel McAlister said.
“And if you just sit back and watch people working, it’s like the shearers dance around the sheep … and the wool handlers are perfectly timed.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Beale – “WITH a corporate career in information technology and supply chain logistics spanning three decades, Andrew Ross’ recent entry into the wool industry was never going to be without digital disruption.
When helping out on his father’s ultrafine wool property in Guyra, Northern NSW, nearly six years ago, a seed of passion was planted for the Merino wool industry which made him dissatisfied with his corporate life.”
NZ FARMER – by Joyce Wyllie – “OPINION: The familiar tune of “Christmas Bells, those Christmas bells, Ringing through the land” at this time of the year tends to become stuck in the brain.
Songs carry memories and this one takes me back to one summer when I was rousing in a shearing gang between my years of university studies.
With no fancy ipods, bluetooth or modern sound system we listened to the woolshed radio, so day after day we heard the Red Baron cry out to Snoopy “Merry Christmas my friend!”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “PRODUCERS, stock handlers, private and government vets and animal health policy-makers will receive first-hand insight into dealing with Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) thanks to the Coalition government’s $491,000 investment for training in Nepal.”
THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – “A photographic image of merino sheep is helping transform one of Lake Tekapo’s new toilet blocks.
The image, taken by Mr Empson at Sawdon Station in the Mackenzie District, has been used as a mural on the toilet blocks, which were expected to be available for public use by Christmas, all going to plan.”
NZ FARMER – “The name of Norm Harraway won’t be familiar to many non-shearing followers but by the end of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, his voice will be better known.
Harraway will be one of the commentary team during the championships in Invercargill in February.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook Rural Reporter – “The New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association says there is a problem with drugs in the industry, but it is hard to measure because testing is not widespread.”
XINHUA ASIA & PACIFIC – by Xu Haijing – “CANBERRA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) — Bernard Wright has a farm of 810 hectares 140 km north of Canberra. It was when he talked with great enthusiasm about how the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) helped him sell more of his Merino wool to China that you realize the foundation of bilateral relations is solid and the future bright.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Nick Jeffrey – “AUSTRALIAN wool handling champion Sophie Huf is hoping to build on what has been a year of firsts at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill in February next year.”
THE MERCURY – by Karolin Macgregor – “GOOD seasonal conditions and higher prices are giving Tasmania’s wool industry a much-needed boost.
Wool prices have surged to levels not seen for about five years and, particularly at the fine and superfine end of the market, they are rewarding producers who stuck with the industry.”