QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “After erecting more than 100km of exclusion fencing, South West wool producer Donald Truss hopes to increase his flock from 9000 to 11,000 head.
It’s not the only positive news for the young man, who is the newest member of the Leading Sheep South West Committee.
Mr Truss, from south of Quilpie, joins six other regional producers of Leading Sheep South West, responsible for setting local priorities for the program.”
NY TIMES – by Serena Solomon – “COOPER PEDY, Australia – For anyone driving through South Australia’s outback, it does not take long to see why patrol officers like Alan Walton are needed to keep the country’s 3,500-mile-long dingo fence in order.”
XINHUANET – “LONDON, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) — A novel way of tackling the problem of sheep stealing on Scotland’s remote Highland hillsides is to be piloted.
Laser beams shone on hillsides to be trialed in a bid to stop Britain’s largest bird of prey, the white-tailed Sea Eagle, from grabbing lambs to feed their chicks. It has a wing span of 245 centimeters.”
DAILY TIMES (Pakistan) – “With one hand, breeder Sebastian Saura holds the head of a sheep and with the other, in a matter of minutes, he shears the animal down to its tender pink skin.
It is the first phase of a trip that will take wool from Uruguay — one of the world’s top exporters of the textile fiber — to Germany for use in the seats of luxury cars.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – “Students who want to launch a career in agriculture could soon be a step closer to achieving their goal with scholarships to study at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) in 2018 up for the taking.”
THE HINDU – ” While the country’s thinnest wool, such as merino, goes to the luxury fashion industry, thicker fibre is used in the seats of high-end German cars and in aircraft
With one hand, breeder Sebastian Saura holds the head of a sheep and with the other, in a matter of minutes, he shears the animal down to its tender pink skin.”
MODERN FARMER – by Andrew Melinckx – ” While many teens wile away their hours with video games or Snapchat, a 16-year-old Australian lad was allegedly out working hard at a trade with a storied history: livestock duffing. He allegedly made off with 300 sheep worth more than $62,000 U.S.”
AUBURN JOURNAL (USA) – by Julie Miller – ” Counting sheep is no longer for the tired and sleepy.
Shepherding has become a booming industry in Placer County. At last count, there are 9,000 head of sheep registered with the county, said Dan Macon, livestock and natural resources advisor for University of California, for Placer and Nevada counties.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Sally Cripps – “Shearers shouldn’t need get fit New Year’s resolutions, right?
They are the epitome of fitness to many in rural industries – their job is physically demanding and many have the physique to match – but according to western Queensland fitness guru, Joy McClymont, shearers are like many men in the bush who need more stretching and cardio exercises in their lives.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Karoin Macgregor – “THE Archer family’s Corriedale stud was established at Hagley in 1917 by Compton Archer.
Now the operation is run by Compton’s grandson Richard Archer and his daughter Victoria.”