THE BORDER MAIL – “Three Riverina sheep and wool industry enthusiasts are among seven finalists drawn from a national field in the industry’s prestigious Peter Westblade Scholarship.
Harrison Stonnill, who works on his family’s merino operation Cocketgedong between Jerilderie and Urana is joined by Wagga pair Hilary Beech and Veronika Hartmeier among the finalists.”
STOCK & LAND – by Kylie Nicholls – “LANDMARK stud stock specialist Stephen Chalmers is hoping to use the upcoming Loddon Valley District Stud Merinos Field Day to educate producers on the importance of combining the visual classing of sheep with objective measurements.”
FARM WEEK (UK) – by Terri Dougan – “A RANDALSTOWN farmer has been elected as British Wool’s Northern Ireland regional board member for a three year term.
Brendan Kelly will take up his position on April 1. As well as being an active member of the UFU’s Beef and Lamb Committee, Brendan is also a member of the BISCA executive committee and a senior shearing judge, as well as an advance shearer in his own right.”
STOCK & LAND – by Kylie Nicholls – “ARCHDALE producers, the McClelland family, have increased the size of their self-replacing Merino flock to take advantage of the recent lift in wool and lamb prices.”
THE LAND – “SOME of the top Merino operations in the country have been put to the test with the Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Challenge, and the two-year competition will finish next week with the final shearing.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 16 February 2018 (Week 33)
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NYNGAN OBSERVER – “The Western region wild dog aerial and ground baiting program will commence in April, with dehydrated meat baits and fresh meat baits to be used.
The program was discussed at a meeting in Cobar between pest control groups and biosecurity officers recently.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Mike Avery, Southern Aurora Markets – “A STRONG Aussie dollar with lower demand triggered by the Chinese New Year has led to spot auction prices retracting from their record levels, impacting forward market prices and trading volumes.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MERINO wool prices generally fell for a larger auction offering this week, as the Australian dollar’s value rose and more lines with tensile strength faults came forward.”