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.”
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.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Jenne Brammer – “The wool price continues to march ahead, having reached its highest weekly closing level since the collapse of the Reserve Price Scheme in February 1991…”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Nicole Sharp – “Prime Minister Bill English accepted Sir David Fagan’s challenge, and gave him one better, beating the five time world champion at shearing a sheep at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill.”
TVNZ – “Our country boy PM beats world champion David Fagan in Invercargill despite looking a bit rusty at shearing…”
FARMERS JOURNAL (IRELAND) – “Two men, one from Donegal and one from Derry, are into the world machine shearing final in New Zealand.
Donegal’s Ivan Scott and Northern Ireland’s Jack Robinson from Claudy in Derry have qualified for the prestigious world machine shearing final in New Zealand which will commence this morning.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Peter Hannam – “Wayne “Bronco” Lunn has endured many summers in the shearing business in north-western NSW over four decades but he’s never seen one like this year’s…”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE Australian wool industry’s reputation is under threat with deteriorating clip preparation standards increasing according to some wool exporters…”
AGRINEWS – by Blum AgriNews Publications – “BOURBONNAIS, Ill. — Several features of wool make it different from synthetic fibers.
“Wool is a renewable fiber and it is flame resistant so it doesn’t support fire,” said Jane Zeien, owner of the Illinois Wool and Fiber Mill in Belvidere…”
STUFF.CO.NZ – by Amber-Leigh Woolf and Briar Babington -“Labour MP Trevor Mallard, visiting Invercargill for the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, says shearing is an industry he is no stranger to.
The animal welfare spokesperson said the sheep were “damn lucky” to be in the hands of the world’s best.”