SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “LAST year Australia’s remaining early stage wool processors could process the home-grown fibre as cheaply as Chinese factories, winning them business.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “ULTRAFINE wool growers David and Susan Rowbottom have sold more White Suffolk than Merino rams in recent years, but the recent lift in Merino wool prices is giving them hope.”
BLUE MOUNTAINS GAZETTE – by Louise Nichols – “Early Monday morning, on a property west of Scone, a wild dog that has eluded capture for six years all the while killing and maiming sheep, was shot dead.”
THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – “When it comes right down to it and no matter what else I do, I still see myself as just a shearer.
You can take the man out of the shearing shed but you can never really take the shearing shed out of the man; there is something about what is arguably the world’s most physically demanding job that gets under your skin and never quite goes away.”
THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – by Dave Murdoch – “Just one long blow separated the finalists in the Open Shearing Competition at the Dannevirke A&P Show on Friday February 3.
Current World Champion Rowland Smith caught up in a 20 sheep/shearer final to snatch the win from Johnny Kirkpatrick with local Dave Buick third and adopted Scotsman Gavin Mutch (now farming at Whangamomona) fourth”
AGRILAND (IRELAND) – by Conor Finnerty – “Irish shearers competed strongly at the business end of the World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships in New Zealand over the weekend.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “COURTESY of a designated superfine sale in Sydney last week, growers saw another strong result in the Australian wool market with up to half a dollar added to some types…”
ABC RADIO – by Simon Royal – “A big wool processing firm in Adelaide is shutting down at times because spot power prices hit $13,000, compared with $10 at times of low demand.
High spot prices for electricity in recent days have led South Australian businessman David Michell to shut down his wool processing factory in northern Adelaide.”
THE TIMARU HERALD – by Liam Cavanagh – “A “temperamental sheep” may have caused Fairlie man Tony Dobbs to miss out on winning the shearing world championships in Invercargill on Saturday.
Dobbs finished second in the individual blade shearing final at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships at Stadium Southland.”
Southland shearer Nathan Stratford named third best in world at Shearing and Woolhandling Championships
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES (NZ) – by Cassandra Pokoney and Brittany Pickett – “The day after he was named the third best machine shearer in the world, Nathan Stratford has a focus. “There are 82 days until duckshooting.”
It’s been a big weekend for Stratford – he was a key part of the New Zealand team which won the machine shearing team event at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, and earned himself a third placing in the individual event.”