INTEREST.CO.NZ – Posted in Rural News – Tony Chaston – “Wool back to last years prices but hopes of Chinese chilled meat access is welcome news for sheep farmers.”
THE RURAL – “Nominations have opened for the 2016 ALPA Fairfax Media Agency Award… We are extremely proud to be able to showcase such enormous talent to the industry and wider agricultural community – Andy Madiga”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Rob Pelletier – “SOMETIMES you get more than you bargained for.
I remember meeting a farmer who only visited his sheep on the weekends, leaving his three Maremma dogs to look after them during the week. This was a great arrangement until lambing time when his dogs would not let him in the paddock with the new lambs.
Despite the sometimes over-zealous performance of Maremmas, they, and alpacas, the other common stock guard, have quietly found their way into farming districts around Australia over the last two decades or so.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by David Mahilraj, Elders – “After adjusting for currency movements the wool market was more or less firm this week. Thanks to a softer USD, stronger commodity prices and a general higher acceptance of risk the AUD soared to new 10-month highs.”
FARMING LIFE – “Volatility of farm gate prices is the new reality for UK sheep farmers – and is prompting some producers to be more innovative in attempts to add value to sheep meat and other products.”
GEORGIA TODAY – by Vazha Taveridze – “Myths, as the name implies, are not real, nor are they necessarily reputed to be accurate accounts of real events – but there is always at least a figment of reality that a myth is borne from. Sadly, unless there is a major archeological discovery, we might never know what the Golden Fleece really was or what it looked like, or whether the epic journey of the Argonauts truly took place (spoiler tags: The dragon wasn’t real, after all!), but there are underlying facts that we can be certain of.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “Sharyn Miller (left) and Brenna Sharland, from the New Zealand Merino Company, sort entries in this year’s Child Cancer Foundation fleece competition.”
FARM WEEKLY – “AN estimated $18,500 was raised at the third Shearing for Liz breast cancer fundraiser on April 8. A healthy crowd attended the popular event at Quentin and Diane Davies’ farm in Wyalkatchem.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “DRONES are making an impact on all aspects of agriculture, including helping train farmers and their dogs in low-stress stock handling techniques.
At Muresk Institute over the past three weeks acclaimed dog trainer, “Working Dog Whisperer” Ben Page has used a camera-equipped drone as a teaching tool in his latest courses.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Bobbie Hinkley – “EACH year the Farm Weekly Shears showcases tireless hard work, God-given talent and unwavering dedication to the shearing industry – this year was no different.
Despite the fact numbers were down which forced the Make Smoking History Williams Gateway Expo shearing organisers to remove the intermediate and senior divisions from the regular program, those who participated in the novice, under 21 and open competition did so whole heartedly.”