STOCK & LAND – by Mike Foley – “Farm groups have praised the drought support package announced yesterday by the federal government at Forbes, NSW, with some reservations.
The announcement is the federal government’s second drought initiative in two weeks, and include the appointment of a Drought Coordinator.”
RURAL LIFE – by Sally Rae – “The establishment of Walk On is a “pretty amazing Kiwi story”, new chief executive Mark Davey says.
The company, founded by young entrepreneur Lucas Smith, produces blister protection products using soft merino wool.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Natalie Lyons – “Week Commencing 20/08/2018
A smaller national offering of 36,302 bales for week 07.
The first day of selling, saw an incredible increase of 110 to 160 cents on average nationally with the second day trending upward again by another 20 to 50 cents making this week the largest weekly increase since 2002.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Shorn wool production in Australia is likely to fall by 5.7 per cent year-on-year in 2018-19 to 322mkg greasy, the Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee has said in its updated forecast. The continuing dry conditions across most of the country is expected to lead to a lower number of sheep to be shorn and a reduction in average wool cut per head.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “Everyone involved in livestock production, transport, sale and processing must be on the front foot, in addressing animal welfare issues, says a leading expert in the field.
Animal Welfare Science Centre Director Dr Andrew Fisher told the Australian Livestock and Saleyards Association conference, in Melbourne, animal welfare standards were higher than they had ever been.”
PERTH NOW – by Trevor Paddenburg – “WA farmers are once again riding on the sheep’s back, with wool producers set to reap some of the highest prices in decades as they prepare for spring shearing.
It’s a result of surging demand for high-quality wool from China, combined with wool shortages elsewhere in the country as drought takes a toll in Queensland and NSW.”
THE EXAMINER – by Isabel Bird – “Northern Tasmanian farmer Simon Cameron believes he has found the Holy Grail of sheep farming.
In the Northern Midlands, out near Ben Lomond, the fourth-generation farmer breeds a unique flock of sheep at his 115-year old family farm “Kingston”.”
STOCK & LAND – “Central Shearers’ Blake Dridan, Ballarat, has been awarded a $3000 scholarship to support his career in the shearing and wool handling industry.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “Sheepvention’s champion Border Leicester ram, from Two Dot, Moyston, will be offered for sale at this year’s Hamilton multi-vendor sale, at the end of October.
Two Dot stud principal, Ross Jackson, said the ram was by a Retallack sire, out of a home-bred ewe.”
FARM WEEKLY – Advertiser Content for AWI – “TO help woolgrowers get the most from their rams, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), in partnership with Zoetis, has developed a new, hands-on workshop called RAMping Up Repro.
The half-day workshops are being rolled out across the country via AWI’s state networks, using leading local deliverers.”