THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell & Fiona Myers – “WET spring conditions will be exacerbated by more rain this week as the soggy spring continues.
Some areas of the Mallee have already registered more than double their average September rainfall, while much of Victoria has already had at least its monthly average with a week to go.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “IT WAS a mixed result for the wool market last week as finer wool showed rises, but 20 mic-ron types and broader lost ground.
The benchmark eastern market indicator closed up 6c/kg at 1311c/kg, but some analysts were surprised the market did not rise consistently given the Australia dollar was cheaper against US currency.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “THERE is nothing like returning to Australia as a 10-year drought was about to test your survival skills.
Tim and Tamra Mulholland had been farming in Central Otago, New Zealand, for a decade when they decided to rejoin Tamra’s parents, Alec and Gill Martin, on their 972ha property between Barham and Moulamein in southern NSW.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “IT HAS become a numbers game for sheep, both from a supply point and for producers wanting to restock this spring.
The latest slaughter figures for mutton show how flock numbers have contracted and the pressure this has put on the market to the extent good kill sheep are still commanding more than 400c/kg carcass weight heading into October.”
THE BORDER MAIL – by Stephen Burns – “Conditions were damp underfoot and overcast, but the crowd on the first day of the annual Henty Machinery Field Days was in line with expectations, but perhaps a little higher as many attended on the first day because rain was predicted for days two and three.”
EASTERN RIVERINA CHRONICLE – by Stephen Burns – “Conditions were damp underfoot and overcast, but the crowd on the first day of the annual Henty Machinery Field Days was in line with expectations, but perhaps a little higher as many attended on the first day because rain was predicted for days two and three.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “The federal Member for Maranoa, David Littleproud has called on the state government to match a federal government announcement on Monday of an additional $2 million of investment to control established pest animals and weeds in drought-affected regions across Queensland.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “AUSTRALIA’s $6.5 billion sheep industry needs 22 million more sheep just to maintain its current share of global production.
An agricultural research paper released by ANZ today paints a positive picture for sheep farming but reveals improved productivity gains – supported by the growth of the national flock number from its near record low – are critical to realising the 21 per cent increase in global demand for meat and nine per cent rise for wool by 2040.”
THE STANDARD – by Steff Wills – “Mixed opinions about electronic tagging regulations have divided south-west sheep and lamb industries.
Shadow Agriculture Minister Peter Walsh said the mandatory use of the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) – announced by the state government in August – would isolate the Victorian industry.”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – by Stephen Burns – “Bred by the Peters family, the annual Ballatherie Poll Merino Stud, Hillston, which had been postponed earlier in the month and unfortunately inconvenienced some clients, was nevertheless, a most successful sale when held last Saturday.”