TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Karolin Macgregor – “WOOL production in Tasmania is forecast to increase by 3.4 per cent over the next year – the highest of any state.
The latest industry outlook from the Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee predicts national production in 2017-2018 will stabilise at 340 million kilograms. This is the same as the committee’s estimate for 2016-2017.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – WA Country Hour – by Bridget Fitzgerald – “During the months spent recovering from a serious car crash that has left her unable to walk, Nikki Towell was told she would never work in a shearing shed again.
But that simply was not an option for the 31-year-old who works as a wool classer, grading the fleece after shearing.
“I just can’t see why I can’t do something just because my situation’s changed,” she said.”
OAMARU MAIL – by Daniel Birchfield – “The 50th edition of the Waimate Shears will feature a “test” between New Zealand and Australian shearers, organisers have confirmed.
Preparations are well advanced only a couple of months out from the October event, to be held for the first time in a new, purpose-built facility at the Waimate Showgrounds.
The Southern Canterbury A&P Association, which owns the 900sq m building, worked with the Waimate Shears group on its design.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Now that a few thousand kilometres of exclusion fencing are criss-crossing the western Queensland landscape, a lot of collective wisdom is emerging for those contemplating their own program.”
COUNTRY NEWS – “Producers from across the region tasted success at the Elders Riverina Sheep Expo on Friday, August 18, with hundreds turning out to the event in Deniliquin.
Awards for ewe and ram of the year, as well as performance ewe and ram of the year and best feature breed, Dohne, ram of the year were awarded.”
HERALD SUN – by Ed Gannon – “AUSTRALIA was built on the sheep’s back. How often have you heard that old chestnut?
It’s a phrase that harks back 60 years or more, when Britain was our most important trading partner, and Western District farmers were reputedly driving around paddocks in Rolls-Royces (probably not true, but it paints a great picture).”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sarah Hudson – “AS A female shearer, taking on the blokes is often the least of Leearna Cook’s concerns. Weighing in at about 55kg and measuring “five foot nothing” the 29-year-old says coming face-to-face with a 120kg stud ram can be one of the most daunting experiences.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “WOOL grower groups have thrown their support behind farmers choosing how to manage flystrike.
The Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association adopted an animal welfare policy last week that says growers can “decide their own animal husbandry procedures”.”
ABC NEWS – by Kate Lambe – “Worlds collided at the Dowerin Field Days in the Wheatbelt, with farmers getting to see some of the high fashion their wool is used to create.
The eco fashion parade featured garments made from recycled wool blankets and coffee bean bags.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “Livestock operators in the Yarrawonga area are looking to the skies for follow up rain, after a drier than average winter.
But croppers and irrigators said they were pleased with the way the season had been set up.”