SHEEP CENTRAL – by Kim Woods – “TASMANIA and New South Wales have provided the dual 2018 winners of the prestigious Peter Westblade scholarship for young sheep and wool industry professionals.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week commencing 5/3/2018
Closing the week at 1,830c/kg the Eastern Market Indicator gained 10 cents following an increased offering size of 44,150 bales.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MERINO ewe hoggets sold to $200 and first cross ewe lambs sold to $180 on AuctionsPlus last week. Sheep and lamb numbers listed online last week fell by almost 25,000 to 58,254 head.”
NZ HERALD – THE COUNTRY – ” World champion Hawke’s Bay shearers John Kirkpatrick and Rowland Smith wrapped up a memorable double as the 58th Golden Shears came to an end in Masterton on Saturday night.
They claimed the premier Open-class shearing events, reigning World champion Kirkpatrick winning the PGG Wrightson Wool National Circuit for a second time, and 2014 World champion Smith winning the Golden Shears Open title for a fifth time, to become the third most successful shearer in the history of the Open championship.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “ENTRIES are now open for the 2018 Australian Fleece Competition, which will be awarded at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show in Bendigo in July. Australian Wool Testing Authority sampling operations manager Tim Steere, Landmark account manager Candice Cordy, Australian Sheep Breeders Association (ASBA) volunteer Margaret Garland, and CEO Margot Falconer, converged on the Melbourne woolstores on Wednesday, to officially launch the competition.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “THE WOOL industry has continued on its record-breaking run, with the industry benchmark Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) hitting new heights. On Wednesday last week, the EMI set a new record, reaching 1834 cents per kilogram for the day, surpassing the previous 1822c/kg record set in January.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “IT ISN’T always easy to get up to date information and technology in some of Australia’s more vast production areas.
So the Hay Ag and Pastoral Innovation Expo is taking agriculture’s newest ideas directly to producers.
Hosted by the Hay Merino Sheep Show, the expo will have more than 40 exhibitors.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Eugene Bonthuys – “Joel Henare took his 100th open wool handling title at Golden Shears as Southlanders delivered some top performances.
There could have been no more appropriate stage for Henare’s landmark win than the 58th Golden Shears international shearing and wool handling championships, held in the Masterton War Memorial Stadium.”
NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “Taranaki shearer Gavin Mutch finished out of the top three placings in the Golden Shears premier open event at Masterton.
The Scots-born Whangamomona farmer, and a former world champion, was third qualifier going into the final on Saturday night at the War Memorial Stadium but could only manage fourth place against winner Rowland Smith (Maraekakaho).
Mutch completed his 20 sheep in a time of 17min.48sec behind Smith in 16minutes.32sec.”
STOCK & LAND – by Marius Cuming – “ANYBODY concerned about the productive capacity of the Merino ewe should head to Moulamein in southern NSW.
It’s here in the NSW Riverina that Bob and Jo Crawford are achieving four lambings in three years based on a strict 273-day production cycle.”