THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “SHEEP worth about $60,000 have been stolen in three separate raids on farms in north-central Victoria in the past six months.
In the latest incident, award-winning Merino breeder Colin Barlow lost 90 ewes that were about to lamb from his property at Gobarup.
The sheep had an estimated value of $300 each.
“We got the ewes in on Wednesday night to draft the lambs off on Thursday morning and there were 90 ewes missing,” Mr Barlow said.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “Early Merino ram sales in Victoria, including at Bendigo’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show (ASWS) and Hamilton’s Sheepvention, augur well for those to follow.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Australian Wool Handlers (AWH) is set to capitalise on their dominant export control of Australia’s wool clip, announcing a plan to digitally disrupt the supply chain.
AWH’s ambitious new chief executive, Michael Jones, announced widespread changes to handling of wool during the maiden WoolEX conference in Geelong, Victoria, on Friday, which was attended by about 100 industry leaders.”
STUFF BUSINESS DAY – by Chris Hutching – “Carpet maker Cavalier says a repeat of the past year’s poor performance raised the risk it might breach banking covenants,.
Chief executive Paul Alston said that over for the next 12 months the company will keep a tighter rein on spending, reduce stock, and debt, chief executive Paul Alston said.”
STOCK & LAND – by Jaala Pulford, Victorian Minister for Agriculture – “Electronic tagging of sheep and goats is one of the biggest reforms to the agricultural industry.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “After winning the inaugural Katanning supreme exhibit award back in 1993, the Patterson family, of Woolkabin stud, Woodanilling, was back in the event’s winner’s circle for the third time.
The Pattersons’ long-wool ram began its supremacy earlier in the year at Wagin Woolorama, followed by Williams Gateway Expo, taking out the top awards at both events before being sent to the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “A third-generation woolgrower with a penchant for agricultural education has been crowned this year’s WA Rural Ambassador.
Luke Hall, 27, farms 3000ha of both crop and sheep at Wagin with his family and wife Alexandra.
Mr Hall said his pitch to the Royal Agriculture Society of WA selection committee highlighted the need to change the “public perception of a farmer”. “
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Saskia Adysti – “The annual WA State Agricultural School Sheep Handling Challenge was held last Thursday at the Katanning Leisure Centre.
Students from four agricultural colleges at Narrogin, Cunderdin, Harvey and Denmark competed on a series of tasks that they have learnt over the years.”
THE SINGLETON ARGUS – “Professional Wild Dog Controllers are being sought, to take part in a new, expanded wild dog control program in the Upper Hunter.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE wool price indicator soared 64c/kg last week, ending on another record.
The Eastern Market Indicator increased to 1614c/kg, its highest level, beating the previous record set in April 1988 by 32c/kg.
This was a jump of 4.1 per cent in seven days, or 25 per cent year-on-year, with the EMI 316c/kg clean above the same time last season.”