WAATEANEWS.COM – “Three hundred shearers and wool handlers and wool pressers from arouind the motu – and some from the other side of the world – have descended on Masterton for the 58th Golden Shears.”
THE DAILY ADVERTISER – by Steff Wills – “For Veronika Hartmeier, the shearing shed is like a second home.
The Wagga woolclasser was part of one of 50 teams to compete in the largest wether trial of its kind on Thursday.
Wool experts from across the country descended on Tafe’s Primary Industries Centre in North Wagga for the Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Challenge.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – Countryman – by Matt Coughlan – “Australia’s scandal-plagued wool industry peak marketing and research body has defended sending its chief executive on a $67,000 six-week business course at a prestigious American university.
Taxpayers footed the bill for the business course at Stanford University, attended by Australian Wool Innovation chief executive Stuart McCullough in 2013.”
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SHEEP CENTRAL – “ANTHRAX has been identified as the cause of death of a sheep on a property near Swan Hill in northern Victoria.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – COUNTRYMAN – ““This one’s a keeper, Basher” was the comment from a friend when he first saw Brian (Basher) Barnett with Bruce Rock farmer’s daughter, Helen Brown, a piece of advice that was not so much heeded as not really needed, for before too much time had passed, she became Helen Barnett.”
THE RURAL – “WOOL prices posted an 8c/kg rise at auction sales with the Australian Wool Exchange Eastern Market Indicator settling at 1820c/kg.
According to Moses and Son principal Marty Moses the Merino fleece categories gained 10c to 50c.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “Golden Shears attract about 300 competitors
About 300 shearers, woolhandlers and wool pressers are starting to gather in Masterton for the 58th Golden Shears which start tomorrow (Thursday) and end on Saturday.
By today, 281 people had entered, some in several of the events that will be decided over the three days in the Masterton War Memorial Stadium, where the championships have been held every year since the event was established in 1961.”
BAROSSA HERALD – “Budding wool enthusiasts will have an opportunity to get a taste of the industry at this year’s Mount Pleasant Show.
Nuriootpa’s Caitlin Heppner – the 2017 National Merino Fleece Junior Judging Champion – has instigated a Merino Fleece Junior Judging Competition for the March 17 event and is encouraging young people interested in agriculture to step up and ‘have a go’.”
XINHUANET.COM – “SYDNEY, Feb. 28 (Xinhua) — A slew of sheep thefts have hit southern farms in Western Australia in the past month, amid rising industry prices, according to local authorities.
In one of the latest incidents, police in Gnowangerup town sent out an alert for the thieves and urged the public to report any “suspicious vehicles” after 80 sheep were stolen in the area earlier last month.”