WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – Wool chat: Elders district wool manager of the central west, Will Chaffey, discusses the latest industry news
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Jono Edwards – “For Milton farmer Nigel Woodhead (28) there was no pre-wedding gift quite like becoming Young Farmer of the Year for the lower South Island.
Mr Woodhead claimed the Otago-Southland regional title on Saturday night at an awards ceremony in Roxburgh.
However, the Otago boy was registered in the Southern district because he was busy on the day of the Otago heats.”
THE AVON VALLEY & WHEAT BELT ADVOCATE – “Hines Hill farmer Cam Gethin’s wish for a Doppler radar for the eastern wheatbelt has finally come true, with the newly installed South Doodlakine facility’s images now online.
It’s the second radar to be installed by the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) in partnership with the Bureau of Meteorology (BoM), with images from the Newdegate site already available and construction of the Watheroo facility currently underway.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “COMMERCIAL Corriedale ewes sold for what is believed to be an Australian record price of $252 at the Cheviot Hills flock sale at Penshurst last week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand shearing champion Rowland Smith became possibly only the fourth person to win 100 open class shearing titles, with three victories about 24 hours and 1700 kilometres apart during the weekend.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand shearer Leon Samuels is attempting another world record today – tackling the current record of 603 strong wool ewes in eight hours.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “Shearing record bid today in Southland
Another World shearing record attempt has been given the all-clear to go ahead in Southand today (Monday) with Leon Samuels tackling a record of 603 strongwool ewes in eight hours.
The green-light was given at a late-Sunday pre-record wool-weigh where the wool from 10 sample sheep shorn under the supervision of World Sheep Shearing Records Society judges weighed 33kg, comfortably over the minimum average of 3kg per sheep.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “THE stronger Australian dollar weighed on the local wool market this week. With the currency hovering just under US77c it is making wool prices more expensive for customers overseas, and the overall market rose by US16c for the past week.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES (NZ) – by Rebecca Moore – “Maraekakaho shearer Roland Smith won back-to-back titles at the Southern Shears in Gore at the weekend.
Shearing Sports media officer Doug Laing said the major winner from the weekend was Smith, who took out first place for South Island Shearer of the Year and the Southern Shears Open title.
Smith regained both titles after winning last year, Laing said.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Zoe McMaugh – “Preparations are well underway for the forthcoming Peppin-Shaw Riverina Ewe Flock forum which will be held in the Hay district on March 7 and 8.
This is the second biennial event in the forum format which encourages landholders to put their unclassed rising one year-old ewes on display.
The aim of the forum is to discuss the attributes of the young Merino ewes, along with the various management strategies utilised by producers to breed sheep in a harsh and variable environment.”