STARTS AT 60 – by Ross McSwain – “You come into Blackall, a little Western Queensland town about 1000 km – or ten hours or so if you stay in the speed limit – from Brisbane, along the Matilda Highway. There’s a fair chance of passing more grey nomads in their Winnebagos than dead kangaroos. Although it’s a close call because the road kill is huge in numbers this year, but then again, so are the grey nomads.”
CUMBRIA CRACK – by Carl Fallowfield – “The Valais Blacknose Sheep Society UK (VBSSUK) will host the UK’s first ever show and sale dedicated to the rare Swiss breed, Valais Blacknose, on Saturday 20th August. Being held at Harrison and Hetherington’s Borderway Mart, Carlisle, the Blacknose Beauties National Show and Sale marks a major step forward, raising the profile of the breed in the UK.”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – “The highlight of the job for Myrtle Vale Poll Dorsets and Rosemere SAMMS principle Cameron MacPherson is the success and satisfaction of his clients.
Cameron’s goal is to provide good returns from sheep and lamb meat, higher lambing percentages and overall increased returns to his client’s farming businesses.”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – “THE Deepdene Poll Dorset stud is this year celebrating its half century, a period that has included an international relocation and plenty of breeding and sales successes.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “RUSSIAN scientists have reduced the fibre micron of the country’s main fine wool breeds by up to 2.4 microns and increased fleece yields by 1-3.6 percent since 2006.”
NZ FARMER – by Andrea Fox – “Farmer-owned Wools of New Zealand (WONZ) should merge with New Zealand Merino before it falls over in 2018 from cash starvation, says former WONZ chief executive Ross Townshend.
The Waikato sheep farmer and company director is continuing an offensive against the chances of WONZ’s balance sheet surviving past 2018, despite a spirited defence from the wool sales and marketing company.”
STOCK & LAND – “THE Merino remains a key part of the 25 million head Russian sheep flock, according to All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Sheep and Goat Breeding director Marina Selionova.
Dr Selionova, who will speak at the upcoming World Merino Insight conference in Adelaide, said despite a drop in overall flock numbers due to economic reforms in 1990, research continued into wool and sheepmeat productivity in the Merino breed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “MERINO wool could be the newest remedy for eczema.
Research back by Australian Wool Innovation has found wearing fine Merino wool can resolve problems caused by the skin complaint, atopic dermatitis, commonly known as eczema.”
THE WEEKLY REPORT – by Fiona Myers – “IT works for everything from cars to cattle. But online selling of wool represents just a tiny portion of fibre traded.
The wool industry may be branded old fashioned and backward but it hotly defends a sale method that has held true for decades. Analysts estimate 85-93 per cent of wool is sold at auction, with the balance sold privately and a tiny portion online.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by Nadine Morton – “YOUNG people are the future of agriculture and on Saturday many of them flocked in to get involved in the city’s annual ram expo and working dog auction.”