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.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “THE wool market hit a 12-month high in its first selling week for the new financial year.
High demand from Chinese and Indian buyers prompted Merino fleece to jump 35-50c/kg last week.
And despite a large offering of about 41,000 bales this week — the last sale before the three-week recess — market experts are expecting prices to remain solid or climb higher.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sarah Hudson – “IF YOU had to hazard a guess, where would you say one of the highest sheep densities, per capita, was in Australia?
According to Nick Clark, a director of Kangaroo Island Wool who has a flock of 6000 sheep on 950ha, this island off South Australia can lay claim to the title.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “YOUNG agricultural professionals will feature in a new education program designed to attract young people into agriculture, at this year’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show.
New Zealand professor Jon Hickford from Lincoln University will host the Ag Careers Forum.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ABARES’ annual sheep and beef grazing, cropping and dairy farm surveys are now underway. ABARES executive director, Karen Schneider said survey collection officers will conduct face-to-face interviews over the next four months with more than 1900 selected farmers.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “A COMPULSORY learner shearer quota proposal has been rejected by the Fair Work Commission, but it has agreed to reintroduce a learners’ log book and minimum pay rate.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SHEEPMEAT and wool prices have put a smile on the face of most sheep producers this year — and widespread rainfall has pushed them wider.
New chief executive of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show, Margot Falconer, has brought a fresh set of eyes to the long-running event, to be held in Bendigo this week.”
ABC RURAL – by Sarina Locke – “An industry-backed replacement for mulesing sheep has been deemed a disappointment, with woolgrowers complaining about the long list of restrictions on its use.
Corbett Technologies spent years working with Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) to develop SkinTraction, which reduced wool growth when it’s applied around the sheep’s tail.”
STUFF (NZ) – by Chris Hutching – “Christchurch wool yarn spinner NZ Yarn has appointed former Cavalier boss Colin Mackenzie as chief executive and is offering jobs to other textile workers facing redundancy.
Mackenzie left Cavalier last November with a termination payment of $470,000.
He spent three years at Cavalier as the rising New Zealand dollar hit its profits, along with expensive court wrangling over a takeover of Wool Services International, which continues.
At NZ Yarn Mackenzie is recruiting about 15 textile workers from Radfords, a subsidiary of Cavalier, which is restructuring with the loss of 36 jobs at its Hornby plant.”