THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “THE old saying “Australia is a big paddock” is often used to explain livestock supply and why there are often more cattle and sheep being sold than anticipated.
It took on a whole new meaning this week, with reports an extra one million breeding ewes and 750,000 slaughter lambs have been found in this “paddock”.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “WORLDWIDE wool production is declining.
Figures presented at the International Wool Textile Organisation congress in Sydney last week show world wool production was steady last year at 1.166 million kilograms clean.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dannika Bonser – “THERE was a vast difference between groups of young ewes displayed at this year’s Elders Balmoral Sire Evaluation field day on Friday.
Sire evaluation trials have been running for over 15 years at Balmoral, but this was the first drop of ewes to also be analysed in the Merino Lifetime Productivity Project — a nine-year, $3 million trial is a joint project of Australian Wool Innovation and the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association.”
NEWS HUB NZ – AUCKLAND – by Brooke Hobson – “Two companies with histories dating back more than 120 years could soon be partnering in an international merino wool deal.
Armidale Merino Stud, based in Otago, has been in the Paterson family since 1880 and Simon Paterson is the fifth generation to run the farm.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “Norwegian executives of a company that makes sports and leisure clothing are visiting the merino flocks of Central Otago high country farms to see for themselves the fine wool on a sheep’s back.
Devold is negotiating contracts with farmers through PGG Wrightson this year and was invited to visit merino farming operations after company representatives met last year at an international sporting goods trade show in Germany.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “A POPULAR sheep breed guide for wool classers has been launched in app form by the Australian Wool Exchange. A POPULAR sheep breed guide for wool classers has been launched in app form by the Australian Wool Exchange. AWEX has launched the free AWEX Sheep Breed Compendium App through the i-phone App Store.”
NZ FARMER – “The dollar has taken a toll on wool prices at the North Island sale.
About 85 per cent of North Island wool was sold this week with the rest failing to reach reserve prices.
New Zealand Wool Services International chief executive John Dawson said 5500 bales of wool had been offered this week.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “High country merino fleece goes to China and Thailand to be scoured, spun and made into fabric before returning to be made by a Banks Peninsula farming couple into school uniforms.
This seemingly long circle, linked by American fabric supplier Jose Fernandez, is a growing business on several counts.”
CORNISH GUARDIAN – “A CHAMPION sheep shearer will attempt to set the first world shearing record in the UK at his Launceston farm.
Matt Smith will take on the world strong wool nine-hour shearing record while Gareth Daniel and Ian Jones challenge the two-stand British lamb shearing record.
Mr Smith will attempt to break his record at his Launceston farm on July 26 while the other two competitors will be at Llysfasi Agricultural College, Denbighshire.”
ABC – LANDLINE – Reporter Tim Lee – “PIP COURTNEY, PRESENTER: The Australian kelpie is considered the best all-round stock dog on Earth with its abilities taking it from Australia’s dusty Outback to even herding reindeer in the Arctic. But the kelpie’s origins are shrouded in mystery. It’s long been rumoured the breed even has a fair dash of dingo. Now a new book claims to have finally uncovered the truth about our much-loved breed.”