THE HINDU – ” While the country’s thinnest wool, such as merino, goes to the luxury fashion industry, thicker fibre is used in the seats of high-end German cars and in aircraft
With one hand, breeder Sebastian Saura holds the head of a sheep and with the other, in a matter of minutes, he shears the animal down to its tender pink skin.”
MODERN FARMER – by Andrew Melinckx – ” While many teens wile away their hours with video games or Snapchat, a 16-year-old Australian lad was allegedly out working hard at a trade with a storied history: livestock duffing. He allegedly made off with 300 sheep worth more than $62,000 U.S.”
AUBURN JOURNAL (USA) – by Julie Miller – ” Counting sheep is no longer for the tired and sleepy.
Shepherding has become a booming industry in Placer County. At last count, there are 9,000 head of sheep registered with the county, said Dan Macon, livestock and natural resources advisor for University of California, for Placer and Nevada counties.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Sally Cripps – “Shearers shouldn’t need get fit New Year’s resolutions, right?
They are the epitome of fitness to many in rural industries – their job is physically demanding and many have the physique to match – but according to western Queensland fitness guru, Joy McClymont, shearers are like many men in the bush who need more stretching and cardio exercises in their lives.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Karoin Macgregor – “THE Archer family’s Corriedale stud was established at Hagley in 1917 by Compton Archer.
Now the operation is run by Compton’s grandson Richard Archer and his daughter Victoria.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOLGROWERS are taking advantage of record prices by turning to the forward wool market, as experts predict wool to rally further in 2018.
The Eastern Market Indicator is forecast to average 1630 cents a kilogram in 2017-18 – a 15 per cent increase on last financial year, according to Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).”
HERALD – by Elizabeth Anderson – “A small flock of sheep has helped Lower North horseman Jamie Hocking to compete on a global scale.
Jamie, Woolsheds, broke new ground late last year as the first Australian to compete at a Federation Equestre Internationale World Cup Vaulting event.
After being invited to take part in the Salon du Cheval de Paris, he won third place in the competition.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Border Leicester Merino-cross young ewes, aged 1-1.5 years, made to a Ballarat saleyard-high of $362 a head at its annual January crossbred ewe sale on Thursday.”
GIZMODO – by Andrew Liszewski – “If you’ve taken a peek at the news anytime in the past 12 months, then there’s a good chance you’re having a hard time falling asleep every night. Counting sheep is apparently one way to drift off, but a trippy drone’s-eye view of dogs herding and corralling sheep might be even more effective.”
NAMOI VALLEY INDEPENDENT – “The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) has revised its forecast of shorn wool production for the 2017/18 season.
The committee’s final estimate of 340 million kilograms greasy of shorn wool for the 2016/17 season will increase by 1.4 per cent as production is to now set to go upwards to 345 million kilograms greasy.”