SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing – “NEW Zealand’s shearing team has continued its winning form on the 2016 CP Wool UK Tour with a big double at the Great Yorkshire at Harrogate, England. In their third stop on the tour, Hawke’s Bay guns John Kirkpatrick and Rowland Smith beat the England team of Adam Berry and Antony Rooke by 2.85 points to be placed first and second respectively in the Great Yorkshire Show Open final.”
NZ FARMER – Rural Reporter – “Team USA is bracing itself for a fierce competition at next year’s World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in Invercargill.
So far 18 teams are confirmed for the event to be held at ILT Stadium Southland from February 9-11, including the United States, Mongolia, England, Switzerland, South Africa, and Japan.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL and sheep meat producers from around Australia and the world will be in the central Victorian city of Bendigo over the next three days for the nation’s biggest annual sheep show.”
THE BRADFORD REVIEW (UK) – by Haigh Simpson – “Next year in 2017 the Wool Exchange will celebrate 150 years since it was built in 1867. The Grade I-listed building on Market Street is rich in history and a place that has touched the lives, careers, hearts and memories of the people of Bradford.”
NZ FARMER – “Wool prices were back for the first sale of the season at the Christchurch wool sale on Thursday.
Reports of building stocks of unsold wool in China have filtered through to reflect on the spot market. Higher currency levels and political uncertainties in Europe continue to unsettle NZ export markets. Demand remains for good coloured full length fleece coming from the South Island.”
THE COUNTRY (NZ) – by Mike Barrington – “World champion New Zealand shearer and Hawke’s Bay farmer Rowland Smith, formerly of Ruawai, took out the 2016 Lakeland Shears Open shearing final in England on Saturday with John Kirkpatrick, also of Hawke’s Bay.”
AGRINEWS – by Martha Blum, Field Editor – “BIG ROCK, Ill. — A sheep flock can provide milk, wool and meat.
“Sheep are the great domesticated livestock of the world because they are the only species of livestock that can provide you clothing, meat and milk,” said Aimee Swenson, a doctoral student at Michigan State University and livestock manager at the MSU Student Organic Farm.
Before starting a sheep flock, Swenson said, it is important to think about space requirements and for the shepherd to decide if it will be an indoor system or outdoor system. “
WESTERN ADVOCATE – “THIS week’s annual general meeting of Bathurst Merino Association saw Hugh Webb complete a three-year term as president and hand over the reins to Warwick Larnach.
Michael Inwood was elected as vice president and other positions remained basically status quo. “
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Natalie Croxon – “ENCOURAGING the younger generations to pursue a career in agriculture will be an important aspect of this weekend’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show.
For the first time, the show will feature an event that will give school students and young people the opportunity to hear more about careers in agriculture from those already working in the field.”
STOCK & LAND – “Ballarat hosts is 135th annual Sheep Show and Merino ram sale, later this month. Ram sale chairman and sheep show committee member Ross Dickinson said it was expected top breeders would be exhibiting at the show, and staying on for the sale.”