SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S saleyard sheep and lamb prices, and auction wool values are expected to continue to rise, but the gross value of the nation’s agricultural production will fall 5 percent this financial year, agricultural forecaster ABARES said today.”
ABC NEWS – Rural – by Clint Jasper – “The shearing shed on farmer Tom Leeming’s Western District property was built during the 1950s, when wool was selling for ‘a pound a pound’.
In the late 1980s, just as the industry was on the precipice of a devastating bust, the profits from a decade of soaring prices were invested into an extension of that soldier-settlement-built shearing shed.
Today, with prices again going through the roof, a huge, gleaming set of undercover sheep yards are under construction on the property in Pidgeon Ponds, about 350 kilometres west of Melbourne.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “AUSTRALIA’s agricultural production value is tipped to drop below $60 billion for 2017-18, after the industry’s record-breaking boom last year.
Figures from the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences March agricultural commodities outlook, released today, forecast a slow, five-year climb back toward the industry’s record-breaking $63 billion mark.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Darren Gray – “After a dry year that hit crop production and cut farm incomes in some key growing regions, prices for major Australian agricultural commodities of wool, wheat, cotton and dairy are tipped to rise next financial year and boost farm returns.”
YASS TRIBUNE – by Zac Lowe – “Last week, the winners of the 2018 Peter Westblade Scholarship were announced, and one of the recipients was Yass’s own Joe Walden.
Mr Walden was announced as the joint recipient of the scholarship, alongside Anna Cotton, and he was shocked but extremely pleased to hear his name announced.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “STUDS in Victoria’s Loddon Valley held open days to show potential and existing clients their flocks, during the annual Loddon Valley Field Day.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Five studs opened their property gates to visitors, while the remaining 10 converged on the Serpentine Recreation Reserve, to display stock at a communal open day, there.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “AS the Ides of March approaches the wool market raised a caution flag concerning the future direction of some types.
The first selling day for the week was quite bullish with most good specification Merino fleece being keenly sought after from 16 to 23 micron, but the second sale day, perhaps coincidentally March 1 saw all but the very best superfine wools drift a little. But it was the bulk micron group for Merino, being 19-20 micron that was discounted quite heavily and lost 30c on the day.”
THE GISBORNE HERALD (NZ) – by Doug Laing – “IT took more than 30 years but a woolhandler was the star of the final night of the 58th Golden Shears in Masterton on Saturday night as “ultimate rousie” Joel Henare of Gisborne took centre stage.
Henare’s brilliant performance overshadowed even that of shearing phenomenon Rowland Smith.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “WORLD wool handling champion Joel Henare has celebrated his 100th open class win by claiming a sixth consecutive Golden Shears Open Woolhandling title on Saturday. It may have taken more than 30 years, but a wool handler was the genuine star of the final night of the 58th Golden Shears in Masterton on Saturday night”