FARM WEEKLY – by Andrew Marshall – “A wet winter has done marvels for Australia’s farm sector mood, dramatically lifting farmer optimism, except in Tasmania where crashing milk prices and too much rain have hurt.
Most notable, after 18 months or more in the doldrums, is Queensland optimism, now the strongest in the nation thanks to the best rain in several years in some areas.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “MOVING wool sales from Sydney to Goulburn would have to be based on economics, but not all agree with the idea.
Regional Development Australia Southern Inland has proposed the wool show floor and sale rooms based in Yennora in Sydney be moved to Goulburn, citing high rental costs and ageing facilities as the reasons.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “THE Victorian Government’s decision to go it alone on mandatory electronic identification for sheep has split the industry — and the nation.
As revealed in The Weekly Times last week, all sheep and goats born in the state from January 1 next year must have a radio-frequency identification tag affixed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “IN running three enterprises side-by-side, the Wall family find that anything that has a dual purpose is highly regarded.
It is particularly important in brothers Simon and Richard’s sheep flock. And it is clearly paying off.
This year they sent their Merino wether lambs direct to slaughter at nine months of age.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “THE stars aligned for wool producers last week, with a fall in currency and a smaller offering pushing prices up.
The Eastern Market Indicator rose 11c/kg to close above the 1300c/kg mark at 1309c/kg.
Helping the market was a 1.4 per cent fall in the Australian dollar.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “THE more things change the more they stay the same.
Fourteen years ago when Victoria pushed ahead with mandatory electronic eartagging of cattle it was widely criticised for being unnecessary, too costly, too difficult to implement, and would herald the end of saleyard selling because of problems with trying to scan big numbers.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “Landcorp has recorded a net profit after tax of $11.5 million, largely thanks to a $7.4m profit on land sales.
The state-owned enterprise, which Finance Minister Bill English earlier this year described as a “poor investment” although the Government had no intention to sell it off, reported a net operating loss of $9.4m on revenue of $209m for the year ended June 30, 2016.”
ABC RURAL – by Tyne Logan – “Meeting consumer expectations, particularly around animal welfare, will be key in shaping the future of the West Australian sheep industry, according to the Australian Farm Institute.”
NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW – by Geoff Hiscock – “SYDNEY — In ancient Greek mythology, Jason and his gallant band of Argonauts sailed the good ship Argo through unknown waters in their quest to find the Golden Fleece, taken from a magical winged ram once owned by Zeus, king of the gods.
Today, Italian textile fashion houses such as Ermenegildo Zegna and Loro Piana embark every year on a similar quest — a search for the world’s finest woolen fleeces that takes them half way around the globe to the merino sheep stations of Australia and New Zealand.”
HARDEN MURRUMBURRAH EXPRESS – “Due to ground conditions the field day site has been changed to the nearby Harden Showground on Thursday September 1.”