THE NARACOORTE HERALD – by Conor McLeod – “The next generation of an age-old trade will be trained on the Limestone Coast, with TAFE SA moving the hub of its shearing courses to Naracoorte.
Around 25 prospective shearers, trainers, farmers and wool-handlers gathered for an information session north of Naracoorte on Tuesday. They discussed the future of shearer training in the State, highlighting which new skills and techniques should be adopted by the next generation.”
ABC RURAL – by Joanna Prendergast – “Wild dog attacks that are continuing to wreak havoc on sheep flocks are forcing graziers in Western Australia to consider their future in livestock.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S sheep producers have lifted lamb marking rates by up to 10 percent in less than 10 years, helped by flock structure changes, improved pre and post-lambing ewe nutrition and post-lambing management.”
NZ FARMER – by Sonita Chandar – “The superstars of the sheep industry were celebrated at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Sheep Industry Awards in Masterton on Wednesday night.
The B+LNZ Sheep Industry Awards are the annual flagship event on the sheep industry calendar, where sheep farmers celebrate excellence and recognising the important role the best and brightest ram breeders play in their industry.”
STOCK & LAND – “Australian Wool Network has further cemented the future of the nation’s wool knitwear industry with the acquisition of Victorian business Hedrena.”
THE INDUSTRY – by Lauretta Roberts – “COTTWEILER and Faustine Steinmetz have been announced as the menswear and womenswear winners of the International Woolmark Prize for the British Isles and will now go forward to the prestigious international final of the competition.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “THE numbers may be down but sheep are not out for the count at the Hurse family farm.
While stock numbers have fallen and the area of crop increased, Merino sheep still play a valuable role on the property at Carisbrook, in central Victoria, run by Peter, Sharon and Matthew Hurse.”
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – “From this week the Bendigo Advertiser will introduce a new Saturday rural section containing the latest news and information from the agricultural sector.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “ALL types of Merino wool lifted in value this week, with limited supplies of 19 to 22 micron fibre leading the way.
The Eastern Market Indicator rose 12c/kg to close the financial year at 1297c/kg, which was 66c/kg above the same time last year.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale – “THERE is a new political player on the block with the 2015 National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia Wool Broker of the Year inspired to shape the future of the industry.
Since taking out the top broker title last year, Toowoomba, Queensland based Landmark auctioneer Matthew Thomas, has set his sights on being an influential leader in the Australian wool industry. “