WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Clinical studies are showing the therapeutic benefits of wearing superfine Merino wool for those suffering skin conditions such as eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis (AD).
Typically resulting in itchy, red, cracked and painful skin, AD often starts in childhood with between 12 per cent and 28 per cent of children now born in western countries affected according to Wohl et al. (2015)”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Beale – “RECORD high lamb markings have softened the blow of sustained historic high slaughter levels on the national sheep flock.”
PORT LINCOLN TIMES – by Paula Thompson – “AN exceptionally even line-up of quality poll merino rams meant strong bidding from start to finish at the Collandra North sale at Tumby Bay on Wednesday, August 17.
Buyers came from far and wide, including the Yorke Peninsula, Mid North, pastoral areas, interstate and across the Eyre Peninsula.”
NZ FARMER – by Sonita Chandar – “Sheep genetics expert Mark Young admits he doesn’t know everything. “But what I do know is the success of sheep breeding in New Zealand lies in the co-operative nature of breeders,” he says.
After 15 years at Beef + Lamb NZ , the senior geneticist leaves New Zealand next month to take on a new challenge in Britain. He will be of head of innovation at the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock in York.
He believes great potential exists in New Zealand to lift the sheep and beef industry to a higher level through the use of genetics. Creating tools for the sheep industry has been vitally important in opening up more opportunities for sheep breeding programmes, regardless of what breed a farmer is farming, he says.”
EYRE PENINSULA TRIBUNE – by Paula Thompson – “A RECORD average of $1888 was set at the Morley Poll Merino stud’s on-property sale at Cleve, backed by strong repeat client support.
The auction, held on Friday, followed this season’s trend in poll merino sales, with the average and top price well up on the previous year.
The average of $1888 was $475 higher than last year’s $1413.”
THE ISLANDER – by Emmalie Balnaves-Gale – “Organisers of this year’s Field Day have welcomed two guest speakers with a wealth of agricultural knowledge.
Ted Langley from Our Family Farm in the state’s South East and Andy Gilfillan from Kangaroo Island’s own Lamb from Paddock to your Plate will share their experiences.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “PRODUCING traditional fine-wool sheep was never going to cut it for Michael Corkhill.
Instead, Michael wanted to produce “bulky” fine-wool sheep focusing on fleece weight and performance.”
THE SCOTTISH FARMER – by Gordon Davidson – ” NEW British sheep-shearing records were set last week by two Welsh shearers.
Gareth Daniel and Ian Jones had set out to beat the existing ‘Nine Hour Two Stand’ British lamb shearing record at a specially-organised event, supported by the British Wool Marketing Board, which took place last Friday at Llysfasi Agricultural College, in the Welsh town of Ruthin, in Denbighshire.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “AUSTRALIA’S Dohne sheep have “impressed” one of their toughest critics. South Africa’s Cameron McMaster started in the industry at the development stage of the breed with his involvement spanning more than three decades.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders – “The Australian wool market again performed quite well last week given we are still at the slow point of the processing season and buyers face uncertainty about price trends and volume for the forthcoming season.”