SHEEP CENTRAL – “Most of eastern and norther Australia received rain in the past week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “VICTORIAN Government funding to equip flock owners with electronic tag reading equipment and software is being criticised as potentially unfair, inadequate and and a misallocation of funds by supporters of an initiative to electronically tag all sheep and goats in the state by 2022.”
CHINCHILLA NEWS – “GUN shearer Phil Schoff has added another notch to his already impressive belt and represented Queensland in New Zealand.
Schoff and Warwick’s Terry O’Leary made up the two-man shearing team for the state in a transtasman shearing match during the New Zealand Corriedale Shearing Championships in Christchurch last Friday.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “INDUSTRY groups and unions have teamed up to combat alcohol and drug use in the shearing industry.
The National Farmers’ Federation, Australian Workers’ Union, Shearing Contractors Association of Australia and WoolProducers Australia have formed a Stakeholder Reference Group to work on solutions to improve workplace health and safety.”
THE RURAL – “TACKLING drugs and alcohol is at the top of the agenda for Australia’s wool industry leaders.
The development of practical materials to improve worker health and safety in shearing sheds, including how to tackle alcohol abuse and drugs such as ‘ice’, will now be developed following the formation of a wool industry Stakeholder Reference Group. “
ABC RURAL – by Danielle Grindlay – “Drug testing suitable for shearing sheds is high on the list of priorities for a national taskforce, formed to tackle widespread reports of drug and alcohol abuse in the wool industry.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stephen Burns – “A MIXED-quality yarding of 3000 sheep and lambs showing all the effects of the dry season on the Monaro sold to strong competition at Cooma last Tuesday.”
STOCK & LAND – by Quinton McCallum – “THE Spinks family are taking advantage of the strong sheep market, expanding their Naturi-based farming operation and putting an ever-greater emphasis on the sheep component.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – ” THE wool market had a bumpy ride last week, tumbling before rising again.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator fell 20c/kg on day one of sales before rising next day to close at 1290c/kg, down 13c/kg for the week.
All micron indicators lost ground, falling between 8c/kg and 33c/kg.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kath Sullivan – “ELECTRONIC tags for sheep and goats will be cheaper than farmers had feared after the Victorian Government committed more than $17 million in subsidies.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford last week announced the tag price of 35c for next year as part of a $17 million industry support package to introduce EID for sheep and goats.”