NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOLGROWERS are taking advantage of record prices by turning to the forward wool market, as experts predict wool to rally further in 2018.
The Eastern Market Indicator is forecast to average 1630 cents a kilogram in 2017-18 – a 15 per cent increase on last financial year, according to Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).”
HERALD – by Elizabeth Anderson – “A small flock of sheep has helped Lower North horseman Jamie Hocking to compete on a global scale.
Jamie, Woolsheds, broke new ground late last year as the first Australian to compete at a Federation Equestre Internationale World Cup Vaulting event.
After being invited to take part in the Salon du Cheval de Paris, he won third place in the competition.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Border Leicester Merino-cross young ewes, aged 1-1.5 years, made to a Ballarat saleyard-high of $362 a head at its annual January crossbred ewe sale on Thursday.”
GIZMODO – by Andrew Liszewski – “If you’ve taken a peek at the news anytime in the past 12 months, then there’s a good chance you’re having a hard time falling asleep every night. Counting sheep is apparently one way to drift off, but a trippy drone’s-eye view of dogs herding and corralling sheep might be even more effective.”
NAMOI VALLEY INDEPENDENT – “The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) has revised its forecast of shorn wool production for the 2017/18 season.
The committee’s final estimate of 340 million kilograms greasy of shorn wool for the 2016/17 season will increase by 1.4 per cent as production is to now set to go upwards to 345 million kilograms greasy.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “SHEEP Week will be returning for its second year in 2018, after a successful first year, and the event is expanding.”
GOONDIWINDI ARGUS – by Billy Jupp – “RECORD lamb prices at December markets have filled local lamb producers with confidence leading into 2018.
The market finished 2017 in a strong position with lamb reaching $7 a kilogram (carcase weight) in some parts of the state.
Breeza Plains sheep farmer Sarah Sulman said current lamb prices were very pleasing.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “It was a dry end to 2017 and all indications are for a warm start to 2018 for the agricultural sector in Victoria. Temperatures in much of the state are forecast to rise above 35 later this week and reach into the 40s on Saturday, including centres such as Mildura (43), Shepparton (41) and Albury-Wodonga (40).”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “FAR from being rouseabout or shearing hand, this little fellow is well and truly shed supervisor — and Sarah Richards thought Back Paddock might appreciate this picture…”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sarah Hudson – “TELL most farmers their property is of national significance for its native vegetation and it will likely be seen as a threat to production.
Not Tasmanian Merino sheep farmer Simon Cameron, though.”