QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “The Australian dream of selling every person in China just one sausage and making a fortune is just that – a dream.
The euphoria of the 217 people taking part in the largest private trade delegation between Australia and China that landed in Shanghai last Sunday was tempered the next day by the knowledgeable words of Elders China CEO Craig Aldous at the opening session of the history-making Toowoomba and Surat Basin Enterprise event…”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders – “Despite an increase of 10,000 bales being offered the market saw little change in prices this week. In USD minus 6, in Euro no change, and in AUD also zero change for the EMI over both selling days. Overall a good result given the reasonably large offering, and also with nearly 50,000 bales to be offered next week as the wool held up due to wet weather finds its way to store.”
THE NARACOORTE HERALD – “TAFE SA’s first shearing workshop for women, held at Moyhall Pastoral Co near Naracoorte on Saturday, has been hailed a huge success with participants already asking when the next one will be held.”
THE RURAL – Mary Moses – “WOOL prices settled at 1331 to maintain a 64-week market high.
Moses and Sons principal, Marty Moses, said the week faced a few challenges with the weekly offerings of 45,000 bales being 30 per cent more than last week’s.”
NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “A daggy duo, unshorn for five years, have a date booked with the shears when their weighty fleece will be sold off to raise money for charity.
The reclusive crossbreed rams have remained undetected from the rousey’s eye by hiding out in the broom and gorse of a barren Marlborough riverbed.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL buyers bought 277 bales online last week as the Australian auction market held firm and the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator closed unchanged at 1331c/kg clean.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “New Zealand Merino chairwoman Ruth Richardson has slammed a suggestion the company’s management is greedy and guilty of self-enrichment, saying it was a “calculated insult” that was both “offensive and wrong”.”
NZ FARMER – by Heather Chalmers – “Two years of drought in North Canterbury have forced the Stevenson family near Cheviot to make some tough decisions.
Virtually all cattle have been sold, including an angus beef herd and sheep numbers are down.
However, it has also brought silver linings, with more lambs on the ground this spring than ever, after a record ewe pregnancy scanning of 177 per cent, despite having 380 fewer sheep.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales – “This time last year, Jim and Leonie Nunn’s 32,000ha property Sunnyside, 130km southwest of Longreach, was nothing but bare red dirt paddocks and struggling scrub country.”
HIGH COUNTRY NEWS – Essay by Brian Kearney – “In a 2000 study, researchers at the University of Southern Australia found that by every measurement taken, from sustained heart rate to oxygen consumption to calories burned, sheep shearing was tougher on the human body than any other work measured. More energy is burned shearing sheep for a day than running a marathon. The study leader called it “the hardest work in the world.””