SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “RAIN, the viability of wool, sheep meat and beef production and industry promotion – not just wild dog fencing — seem set to be the keys to any revival of Merino sheep numbers in Queensland.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “New Zealander Sarah Higgins takes part in the All Nations heats at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championship in Invercargill today.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “TWICE World Shearing Champion, Shannon Warnest, will head the Sports Shear Australia team which is set to take on 32 countries at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships at Invercargill, New Zealand, this week.”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – “THE annual Archibull Prize has been run and won – with 2016’s participants more than doubling their knowledge of agricultural careers.
The annual competition, run by Art4Agriculture, exposes school students to young people working within the industry and increases students’ awareness of potential careers in agriculture.”
FARM WEEKLY – “ELDERS Bunbury has been crowned this year’s “Western Zone” branch of the year, narrowly missing out on claiming top honours nationally.
The local team was beaten only by Elders Toowoomba, Queensland but significantly turned the tables in claiming the mantle of Elders´ biggest company branch in Australia for nett financial contribution for the 2016 calendar year. “
THE EXAMINER (TAS) – by Rob Inglis – “The Eastern Market Indicator (EMI), Australia’s benchmark for wool prices, has jumped to a record high.
In January, the EMI reached $14.39 per kilogram.
As of the week to February 3, the EMI had dropped down to $14.22 per kilogram.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “THE price gap between fine and medium wool is growing despite lifts for all Merino fleece wool last week.
That gap is now at a 5½-year high as the price difference between 18 and 21 micron fleece wool grows.
The Eastern Market Indicator closed at 1422c/kg clean after last week’s sales with Merino fleece lines gaining up to 39c/kg at the finer end.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “STRONG wool and sheep prices have put more confidence in the Merino industry, but it will not turn around overnight.
Landmark sheep and wool specialist Brad Wilson said Merino ram sales in northern NSW recently had been firm, but there was still a lot fewer ewes being joined to Merinos.”
LUCIRE – by Nathalia Archila – “Allbirds, which considers New Zealand its spiritual home, taps into the creative vibe of Wellington for its latest limited-edition release”
ABC NEWS – by Andrea Crothers – “One of the best known agricultural training institutions in the country, the Longreach Pastoral College, turned 50 on Monday.
The college opened in 1967 to deliver basic skills to young graziers, and 50 years on to the day, the college welcomed its newest cohort of students.”