FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Cleeland – “INDUSTRY concerns for the dwindling flock numbers is behind a new campaign aimed at reviving the national Merino ewe base which has plummeted to 25 million.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “Merino farmers are being rewarded with better wool prices for avoiding the controversial mulesing practice of removing strips from sheep backsides to reduce flystrike.
A strong market opened up for fleece from mulesing-free merinos at the first sale of the new season at Melbourne on Tuesday.
Wool buyers lifted their bidding for “responsible supplied wool” in line with animal right groups and consumers expressing their distaste against the process of removing folds of skin from the tail area of merino sheep to avoid cruel fly strike. The practice is being phased out in New Zealand and is much less common than Australia.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “REPEAT buyers ignored the wet and wild weather and came from as far afield as Boyup Brook, Southern Cross and Northampton for the Challara Poll Merino ram sale at Badgingarra last week.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “LAND managers, livestock producers, pest controllers and community members are being encouraged to record sightings of wild dogs, their impacts and control activities for their local area.”
ABC RURAL – Vic Country Hour – by Bridget Fitzgerald – “Vendors say high prices at a major Victorian Merino ram sale prove demand for dual-purpose animals is strengthening the market.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “THIS Saturday brings us the annual Perthville Village Fair and I’m told that all available stall sites are booked.
Radio 2BS/BRock have arranged a major raffle prize of two nights including breakfast at Mudgee’s Winning Post Motel while voucher prizes from Annie’s Ice Cream, Target, Vale Creek Wines and Metro 5, to name a few, will ensure lots of interest.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “NEW season lambs sold firm to dearer and mutton demand remained strong in saleyards and online late last week.”
THE MURRAY VALLEY STANDARD – by Annabelle Cleeland – “South Australia will host a new evaluation trial in an effort to benchmark the performance of the state’s modern merino sires.”
STOCK & LAND – “FARMING in one of the driest districts in the driest state of Australia presents many challenges, according to Mallee mixed farmer John Gilbertson.
“We expect to hand-feed sheep every year leading up to lambing, so we have to make sure we always have hay and grain on-hand,” he said.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Kane Chatfield – “THE stars aligned for a blockbuster result at the Button family’s 11th annual Manunda Poll Merino ram sale at Tammin last week.
Buoyed by favourable seasonal conditions and strong wool and sheep commodity markets, the strong commercial contingent of regular and new buyers (with some stud interest on the top end) bid accordingly on their selections through to the 270th and final lot.”