STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Elders Wycheproof has wrapped up its 2017 monthly markets with a solid result on Merino sheep while crossbred ewe buyers were noticeably selective with their purchases.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “FIRST cross ewe made $309, young Merino ewes sold to $246.50 and first cross ewe lambs peaked at $230 on AuctionsPlus last week.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s Big Day Out — Farming Without Boundaries — was held at Matakanui Station, near Omakau, last week. Agribusiness reporter Sally Rae went along for a look.
Next year will mark the 60th anniversary of Paterson family ownership of Matakanui Station, near Omakau.
It is a markedly different property to the vast 32,000ha property for which a depasturing licence was issued to Richard Anthony Filleul in September 1859.
Matakanui Station now comprises 8700ha, ranging from 280m to 1600m on the Dunstan Mountains, and part of the landscape has been transformed with the introduction of irrigation.”
THE RURAL – by Ruth Schwager – “MERINO wool production has remained the focus for Bruce and Narelle Nixon, “Clovelly”, Boorowa and “Bennett Spring”, Cowra, for many years, and they’re now in the process of simplifying their operation.
The Nixons run about 4500 sheep, including 2200 wethers, a few hundred first-cross ewes, 700 lambs and about 1200 Merino ewes.”
NZ HERALD – ” Marlborough shearer and now contractor Angus Moore proved a class act as he won his first Nelson A and P Show title this weekend.
The 32-year-old father-of-four, who has moved home to Marlborough from South Otago with wife Ratapu, shore the 20-sheep Open final in just under 21 minutes yesterday and finished about two sheep ahead of next-man-off Paul Hodges.”
OBERON REVIEW – by John Seaman – “GREAT rainfall last weekend should give instant stock feed on summer fodder crops and grazing lucerne stands.
Because the rains have come so late, they have missed the normal spring growing season and are several months early for grazing oats or red wheat…”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “LAST week the lower currency shielded Australian sellers from a correction. However, this week there was no such protection afforded with a weaker US dollar forcing the local currency marginally higher.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 24 November 2017 (Week 21)
NZ FARMER – by Pat Deavoll – “Strong wool co-op Wools of New Zealand is thriving despite a dive in crossbred wool prices over the past two years.
The company announced a positive financial result for its farmer shareholders at its annual meeting in Christchurch on Thursday.
Chairman Mark Shadbolt said the result was achieved despite the state of the strong wool industry and was a testimony to the strategic focus of the company over the past five years and the confidence of its shareholders.”
GREAT LAKES ADVOCATE – “Exploring the fusion of wool, fashion, fine art and farming, The Art of Wool will launch at the Manning Regional Art Gallery on Friday, December 1.
There will be something for almost everybody during this summer-long exhibition, with significant Australian paintings, avant-garde fashion garments from the International Woolmark Prize archive at The Woolmark Company, and a host of wool-inspired activities, workshops, floor talks, a collaborative residency as part of the Wall Project, and a children’s art trail.”