WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Entries for the inaugural Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Sale Farm Expo photo competition have now closed.
Chief Steward Gabrielle Johnston said close to 90 entries were received, which was “very pleasing” with it being only the first year the competition has been run.”
OUTSIDEONLINE.COM – By Wes Siler – “Colorado performance-fabric maker Voormi claims that shirts made from its new Dual Surface UL fabric—a synthetic/merino wool hybrid—are the lightest and most wicking merino-based products available. To test that claim, we packed only this shirt for a three-day backpacking trip through Washington’s Enchantment Basin.”
STOCK & LAND – “More than 1000 people have registered for the three-day LambEx conference at Lauren Jackson Sports Centre in Albury and most of them attended Thursday night’s official GrandsLAMB dinner, with guest speaker lambassador Sam Kekovich.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Beale – “GENETIC selection will be easy this selling season following the release of the revolutionary Ram Select Plus web application which was launched today at LambEx, Albury.”
SCOOP BUSINESS – Press Release – Wools of New Zealand – ” Wools of New Zealand well set for end of grower-funding
Wools of New Zealand (WNZ) Chairman Mark Shadbolt says the company is making strong commercial progress with an expected maiden profit for the 2016 financial year.
Shadbolt was responding to a recent shareholder comment in a local rural newspaper that the company would “almost certainly fail” without income from farmers’ Wool Market Development Commitment (WMDC).”
SA COUNTRY HOUR – by David Sparkes – “The South Australian Government will approve big increases to levies in the sheep and cattle industries, paving the way for their implementation next month.”
VOXY.CO.NZ – Contributor: Fuseworks Media – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s Marketing Manager, Mr Malcolm Ching reports that the stronger NZ dollar and high proportion of shorter second shears wools on offer this week, saw a corresponding easing in prices for several types, however longer wools were well supported.”
OUTSIDEONLINE.COM – by Robert Moor – “In an excerpt form Robert Moor’s new book, ‘On Trails,’ the author attempts to guide sheep on foot with some of the nation’s last traditional shepherds”
COUNTRY NEWS – “Yarding 10031 (-368), comprising lambs 7513 (290) and sheep 2518 (-658)
Lamb numbers remained similar to a week ago, although quality did improve with not as many plain and lightweight pens in the yarding.
The usual buying group attended, however, not all operated at their usual capacity with some companies only purchasing limited numbers. Prices for the best quality old-season lambs and new-season lambs were firm to slightly dearer in places.”
COUNTRY NEWS – by Emma Carinci – “Electronic tagging helps livestock producers unlock the commercial value of their animals and make better decisions based on the collected data.
North-east sheep producer Hannah Marriott manages 3000 wool and meat ewes and said the whole flock had electronic tags which gave her the ability to collect information on any individual animal’s performance.”