FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “FOURTH-generation Woodanilling woolgrower Des Shackley has no plans to follow a neighbour’s lead and sell the woolshed.
Lamenting the loss of some woolgrowers who left the industry during 10 years of poor wool prices before wool’s current record-breaking run, Mr Shackley recalled how about two years ago a neighbour sold sheep and the woolshed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Peter Hemphill – “VICTORIA’S farmers are the most positive in the nation about their prospects for the year ahead, according to the latest Rabobank’s rural confidence survey.
The bank found that concerns over dry weather hitting rural Australia had driven confidence among farmers in most states to five-year lows.”
ABC NEWS – “The Australian wool price has more than doubled in the past five years and surged more than 10 per cent since Easter. Last week’s auction had a clearance rate of 98 per cent.
The head of Australian Wool Innovation, Stuart McCullough speaks to Elysse”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by Nadine Morton – “GREY skies over the Bathurst region may have delivered 9.8 millimetres of rain across the long weekend, but grazier Geoff Rayner says it was nowhere near the amount farmers need.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish – “A small offering of less than 27,000 bales made it difficult for buyers this week to get enough quantity of any single type this week, and in response buyers tended to be selective and keen to not push prices too much further. The fickle currency market saw a much stronger Australian dollar on Wednesday. That combined with more selective buying meant that prices eased across the board on Wednesday in the Sydney/Melbourne auction.”
EYRE PENINSULA TRIBUNE – by Kathrine Catanzariti – “The Lock Health Centre Advisory Committee will celebrate the Royal Flying Doctors Service’s (RFDS) 90th birthday with its annual wool drive fundraiser.
The committee will be collecting fleece and oddments from throughout the Lock community and wider area during June.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “A booming wool industry has supported Willaura woolgrowers Richard and Jan Laidlaw in the marketing of their clip, that is now coming off their sheep three times in two years, rather than twice.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “TRUE Australian stockmen and women rejoiced when Victorian sheep property overseer Christian Peacock sold a 27 month-old Kelpie for a national auction record price of $22,200 in Casterton yesterday.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A former federal primary industry minister, a leading stud Merino and Angus cattle breeder, an ex-AgForce president and a founder and CEO of the Certified Australian Angus Beef program are among the recipients of 2018 Queen’s Birthday honours announced this morning.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “DARREN Holmberg was keeping a lid on it, but he was seriously chuffed after winning the prestigious invitation-only Casterton Kelpie Muster Stockman’s Challenge on Saturday.”