WESTERN ADVOCATE – “THIS is the last call for bookings for the Bathurst Merino Association ewe competition bus and dinner on Friday, March 3.
Some very handy teams will compete for the Jack Seaman Memorial Trophy that is prized by merino breeders across our district. “
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – “EDITORIAL: So do we have this straight?
Leon Samuels’ world-record feat of shearing 605 ewes in eight hours wasn’t as easy as it sounds?
No sooner had the Invercargill shearer finished his unprecedented day’s work than a raft of expert shearers around him were ready to attest to the extra challenges he had overcome.
It turns out when those 605 ewes were selected, from about 13,000, it wasn’t for their placid disposition.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP producers can now do instant energy estimates on paddocks with the latest version of the popular Lifetime Ewe Management smartphone app.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Emma Iddison – “A 35 millimetre downpour of heavy rain didn’t deter bidders at last week’s Kimbinya clearing sale, Beaumont, 120km north east of Esperance.
Hosted by Brindley & Gale Landmark Esperance, a total of 147 registered bidders attended the sale held on behalf of Peter and Wendy Harkness, trading as Kimbinya Enterprises.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “HAWKESDALE prime lamb producer Phil O’Toole thinks sheep shearing on raised platforms seems to be the way to go for shearer safety and sheep welfare.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “NEW South Wales wool grower Grant Burbidge didn’t have a career as a shearing contractor on his agenda. But after shearing his own sheep with upright sheep shearing platforms that’s exactly what he has become to wool growers and sheep meat producers seeking to harvest their clips without relying on conventional shearers.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kath Sullivan – “ALBERT Ah Yee reckons the first wool shed he was sent to was the roughest.
“Oh it was a terrible shed. We were about seven weeks there and we had seven different cooks,” the 90-year-old recalls.
“Oh golly, there were four of us sent up to the shed to do the right thing and not grizzle, because it was a very delicate client. He was a fair old coot, the old bloke, oh he was a pig.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “FINE and broader wool gained ground last week as the eastern market indicator hit a new high.
The EMI lifted 3c/kg to close at 1440c/kg, ahead of the previous week’s close of 1437c/kg.
Landmark northeast regional wool manager David Hart said the most notable thing about the sale was the superfine offering from Tasmania in Melbourne.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Meredith Booth – “A previously lost watercolour by Australian landscape artist Sir Hans Heysen, whose journey tells a story of the nation’s wool trade, has returned from Germany with expectations it will break sales records when it is auctioned next month…”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “THE value of Australian wool exports to China hit an all-time high for the first six months of the financial year.
China bought $1.11 billion of Australia’s wool, from July to December last year. It was a 19 per cent increase on the same selling period in 2015.
Wool volumes to China increased 13 per cent for the same period and make up 77 per cent of Australian wool exports.”