ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Nick Bosly-Pask – “If you travel the Lyell Highway between Gretna and Hamilton in Tasmania, you have probably seen the rock arrangement advertising the Hamilton Show.
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Audio: John Shoobridge on the history of the rock sign advertising the Hamilton Show (ABC News)
The agricultural show, which is to be held this Saturday, started in the early 1950s following a meeting of soldier settler farmers.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Anna Vidot – “Australian Wool Innovation has defended generous redundancy payments for former staff, and rejected any move away from its Sydney base, in an oftentimes testy appearance at Senate Estimates.
Chairman Wal Merriman confirmed that he and Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce had one discussion about moving the grower- and government-funded corporation’s headquarters out of Sydney about eight months ago.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release – Shearing Sports New Zealand – “Shearing legend Sir David Fagan tomorrow(Thursday) heads to Masterton’s Golden Shears for a 42nd year in a row as keen as ever about the big event, despite industry and sports concerns about a drop in the number of entries.
Sir David first travelled from King Country to the shears as a schoolboy in 1976 to support older brother John.”
AGRIMONEY.COM – by William Clarke – “Australian lamb and wool prices will hold at their current very high levels, thanks to falling supply and a falling currency, National Australia Bank said.
“Lamb prices have surged in the new year, with the seasonal run-up coming in early summer rather than the usual autumn-winter,” said the bank.”
GISBORNE HERALD – “MATAWAI sheep and beef farmers Eugene and Pania King won three of the nine categories in the East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards but the Supreme overall winner was Napier farmer Philip Holt.
A fourth category was taken out by a Gisborne entry: Geoff and Nicola Wright from Wright’s Vineyard and Winery at Manutuke won the Hill Laboratories Harvest Award.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “ALL eastern states lamb indicators fell at the end of last week and in this week’s early trading.
Restocker lambs tumbled the most, losing 13c/kg on Monday, down 50c/kg on the previous week.
It still sits at the highest premium over the same time last year, however, at 680c/kg, 133c/kg. The trade lamb indicator was at 630c/kg on Monday, dropping 30c/kg on the previous week, while heavy lambs lost 37c/kg to finish on 633c/kg. Merino lambs closed Monday at 590c/kg, the only indicator under 600c/kg, but only down 2c/kg.”
JUST-STYLE – by Michelle Russell – “The International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) has released a set of guidelines designed specifically for conducting life cycle assessments on wool products to help businesses better understand environmental impacts across the wool supply chain…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices surged higher into record territory this week, with the benchmark AWEX Eastern Market Indicator lifting 51 cents to peak at 1500c/kg clean.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – “One of the many tireless workers and competitors during the World shearing and woolhandling championship in Invercargill earlier this month has been rewarded with a big win on the eve of the 57th Golden Shears.
The three-day Golden Shears start in Masterton today, with Alexandra woolhandler Pagan Karauria heading north with the dream of winning Golden Shears Open title for the first time on Saturday night.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Bridget Carter and Scott Murdoch – Expanding Chinese group Nanshan is ramping up its Australian exposure and is believed to have approached veteran stockbroker Colin Bell to run the ruler over his farming and agricultural empire.”