THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “JUDGING is well underway in the livestock pavilion at the Royal Melbourne Show, with champions being awarded in a number of breeds this morning.
Judge David Wyllie from New Zealand is currently adjudicating more than 80 sheep in the Southdown feature show and will focus on the type of genetics that “satisfy our consumers and markets”.
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “DERELLA Downs and Pyramid Poll Merino stud principals Scott and Sue Pickering, Cascade, certainly know how to put on a ram sale.
Sorry, did I say ram sale? It was more like a celebration of the Merino industry.
There was live music, a flamboyant master of ceremonies, an appearance by Liberal MP Rick Wilson, delicious food, a charity auction, a big crowd of new and returning loyal Derella clients and 210 Merino and Poll Merino rams on offer.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Linda Sharman – “PRE-SALE discussions about potential crop yields, rust and frost made way for spirited bidding at the Quairading Stud Sheepbreeders ram sale last week.
A total of 31 buyers registered for the sale and 29 made purchases at the Quairading Greater Sports Pavilion, where prices peaked at $1600 for a Poll Merino ram and $1450 for a Poll Dorset.”
ABC RURAL – by Robin McConchie – “The NRM Spatial Hub (the Hub) is moving out of initial research and into commercial development thanks to a deal with Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation.”
THE FLINDERS NEWS – “It’s been a big week for Merino ram sales across the region.
Strong Australia-wide and international interest has resulted in some spectacular on-property ram sales in the Mid North this week.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Business Desk – by Tina Morrison – “New Zealand wool prices fell to their lowest level in more than a year amid weak demand from China, the country’s largest export market.
The price for fine crossbred wool slid at yesterday’s North Island auction, with 35-micron fibre declining to $5 a kilogram from $5.25/kg at last week’s South Island auction, $5.40/kg at the comparable North Island auction two weeks ago, and $6.55/kg a year ago, according to AgriHQ. That’s the lowest level for the fibre since January 2015.”
STOCK & LAND – by Jeanette Severs – “THE Paulet family utilises cereal stubbles and beans to improve conception and marking rates in its livestock and grains agribusiness in Gippsland.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “A breeding system first applied to beef cattle has been adapted for Merinos, in the Murray river country around Swan Hill.
Tim and Tam Mulholland, Fairview, Noorong, took the principals behind the Stabiliser breed and applied them to Merinos, they run on their 1000 hectare property.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Twenty-three young primary producers and managers have been awarded Nuffield Australia Farming Scholarships for 2017.”
JUST-STYLE – by Manady Kovacs – “Wool May be a small market compared to other fibres such as cotton or synthetics, accounting for around 3-5% of worldwide fibre consumption, but its use could open market opportunities for brands.”