THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “WOOL classers are being urged to be more aware of the impacts of dealing with shorter wool because of a move towards six to eight-monthly shearing time frames.
While an increase in the trading of sheep is another issue confronting wool classers. Increased numbers of different mobs at shearing are making it more challenging to class for uniformity.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sarah Hudson – “FIFTH-generation sheep farmer Norm Smith never thought he’d be in the fashion business.
“I’d probably have said you were mad if you told me I’d be doing this when we first started,” the 49-year-old said.
“It’s all a bit foreign to me, but I’m passionate about it now. Wool has always been a commodity like wheat or cotton, but it should be a niche product. We should be promoting ourselves as high quality, not just quantity.” “
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NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annnabelle Cleeland – “SOUTH Australian Merino breeder Sydney Lawrie has been announced as chair of the 2018 WoolPoll panel.
WoolPoll is held every three years and calls woolgrowers to nominate how much of their wool cheque gets paid to the wool industry’s marketing and research body, Australian Wool Innovation.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kath Sullivan – “WORKING farm dogs will be mostly exempt from new laws, reintroduced to the Victorian parliament this week, in a bid to stamp out cruel puppy farms.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “THERE is plenty of history behind Merino breeder Georgina Wallace, but a big commitment to genetics this year alone reflects a woman with her eyes on the future.
Georgina runs the Trefusis Merino stud near Ross, in Tasmania, and is a passionate supporter of the Merino industry.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Wools of New Zealand’s chairman and chief executive say they are satisfied with the company’s performance for 2016-17 amid ”challenging market conditions”.
The company’s annual report for the year ended June 30 showed an after-tax loss of $321,153, compared with a $1.48million profit the previous year.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – “Rodwells Benalla and Landmark Benalla are pleased with the results of the Benalla Special Sheep Sale on November 17, with strong prices for the 12500 sheep that went up for sale.
Although a smaller number of buyers attended than in recent years, most of the sheep were sold to repeat buyers who made the most of the sale.”
BOMBALA TIMES – by Stephen Burns – “On the 500 hectares purchased by his father in 1947, Boorowa landholder, Steve Jarvis, “Heathfield”, Boorowa continues to question the perceived management of his Merino sheep and property despite running a very successful operation.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Taylor Jurd – “Living in geographically isolated, dry areas of New South Wales is hard enough for children.
It might be many years before they see any proper rain in their life, but it would be even less likely that they have the opportunity to have a snow ball fight or build a snowman.”