THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Glenn Mulcaster – “THE introduction of mandatory electronic tags for sheep in Victoria has led to some innovative on-farm stock handling solutions.
Tom Austin, who covers Victoria and the eastern half of South Australia as a designer and sales representative for Atlex Stockyards, said some farmers were taking advantage of the enforced sheep tagging rules to install equipment to make best use of the identification of the sheep.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “What a wonderful week this past one has been for crossbred ewe sales.
Four sales over three days and new record highs set at each of the selling outlets.
It’s not often we can say it but the crossbred sheep breeding industry is now riding the crest of an unprecedented wave not seen before.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Karolin Macgregor – TASMANIA’S spring ram sales have got off to a solid start with strong prime lamb and wool prices fuelling demand.
At the Badcock family’s annual Fairbank sale last week it was the Southdowns that stole the show.
Strong competition from interstate buyers saw seven Southdown stud rams heading across Bass Strait.”
NEWSTALK ZB STAFF – AUDIO – “A new breed of sheep could change the future of sheep farming, with its wool valuable for much more than just clothes and carpets.
The Astino, named after Mt Aspiring and tino (Māori for perfect), produces wool which can filter pollution out of the air
Lanaco CEO Nick Davenport told Larry Williams it took eight years to breed this sheep because working with a natural material meant there was a lot of variability in the product.”
VOXY – Contributor Fuseworks Media – “Developed by wool innovation specialists Lanaco, The Astino is bred specifically for the company’s premium, wool-based healthcare products – offering farmers the opportunity for better wool returns.
Breeder Andy Ramsden says Astino represents a positive step-change in the industry.
“It’s increasingly clear that supplying generic wool on the open market is not sustainable. The way forward for farmers is twofold – transitioning to innovative new breeds that are branded and controlled and forming partnerships with manufacturers like Lanaco, who have the global reach and marketing capability to earn a premium”.”
THE INVERELL TIMES – “Inverell
There was an increased penning of 1200 lambs, plus 1200 grown sheep were offered, lifting the yarding on November 15 by 1800 head from the week before. These included drafts of dorpers.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “It’s boom time for shearers, with high pay rates and high demand for wool creating the industry’s perfect storm.
Surging demand from Asia and Europe has sent wool flying from the saleroom floor, with almost 50,000 bales expected to be sold this week after the Western Market Indicator rose 48c to 1722c/kg last week. “
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Researchers are still scrambling to work out why swatches of sub-clover have turned red and died at farms in WA.
Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development senior research officer Paul Sanford said preliminary testing had revealed the presence of two viruses in samples of red and dying clover from farms at Mt Barker, Brookton and Esperance.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “TENSIONS within the wool industry are expected to come to a head at Australian Wool Innovation’s annual general meeting in Sydney tomorrow.
The meeting follows a string of controversies involving the organisation in recent months that included AWI chairman Wal Merriman secretly watching a confidential industry focus group behind a one-way mirror and later telling a journalist questioning him on the matter to “f— off”.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “SENIOR – Constable Dan O’Bree is pretty comfortable in a woolshed. He spent 10 years as a shearer before joining Victoria Police so when given the opportunity to pick up a set of blades at a NSW rural crime investigators course at Goulburn recently, he jumped at the chance.