RURAL LIFE – by Sally Rae – “The new wool season has opened on a disappointing note for crossbred wool growers, despite a “superb” offering of pre-lamb wool.
In the first South Island sale of the 2018-19 season last week, prices declined across all crossbred types, Roger Fuller, of CP Wool, said.
Overseas markets were very quiet, which concerned exporters and brokers, and passings were at levels not seen for many months.”
RURAL LIFE (NZ) – “A sheep in eastern Australia is leaping about more lightly after being sheared of its massively overgrown fleece.
In a social media post that has gone viral, farmer Graeme Bowden shared pictures of the sheep he dubbed “Shrek 2″.
He said a friend found the sheep with several years of growth, which he sheared to produce 30kg of wool – more than six times greater than the average fleece.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “New Zealand blades shearer blades shearer Allan Oldfield is considering a possible World record attempt after helping an Irishman tor one of the biggest one-day tallies ever shorn with the clippers.”
STOCK & LAND – by Catherine Miller – “A massive strong woolled ram from Mulloorie, Brinkworth and Tintinara, which turned heads at the Elders SA Stud Merino Expo in March, did it again in Bendigo, Vic, at the weekend.
The Poll Merino ram – named Elliot after the Mianelup stud’s Elliot Richards, WA – was awarded grand champion strong wool ram at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Fairfax Agricultural Media launched its New Breed event at the Young Stud Masters’ Muster on Friday night, held as a part of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo. It was an opportunity for young people in agriculture to talk about future challenges to their industry, and to pick the brains of industry experts.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “Around 140 dogs and 38 handlers put on a strong showing for the judges and crowd in the Central Victorian Yard Dog Championships at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “IF you are in the Merino industry because you love wool then, like Corrigin-based producer Callum Nicholls, you would be glad to see the value of the fibre move in the direction it has in recent months.
“We run about 6000 Merinos here and the reason for having Merinos as opposed to another breed is that we’ve always been interested in the wool side of it,” Callum said.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “A GROUP of Western Australian woolgrowers has just returned from a Primaries-organised study tour to China.
The group had the chance to visit rural and remote China to see Chinese farming systems at work, as well as visiting research facilities, wool processing factories and universities, in the first tour of it’s kind organised by Primaries for its wool growing clients.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell and Alastair Dowie – “*97 of 125 rams sold to $20,000, av $5041
A particular ram from Nerstane Merino stud sired two of the three $20,000 top-priced rams at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show’s Merino ram sale on Sunday.
And the third sale topper was another by Nerstane, proving its genetics were in high demand.”
ABC – Tas Country Hour with Tony Briscoe – ”
A Tasmanian superfine wool stud has beaten all comers at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo, winning the Grand Champion Fleece at the weekend.
Trefusis Stud near Ross has now won the title three of the last four years, and has become the most successful stud in the history of the National show for winning the Grand Champion Fleece.
Georgina Wallace from Trefusis spoke to reporter Sian Gard after the latest award..”