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Brilliance from Pithara in the form of a fine micron Poll Merino fleece was the pick of the IGA Perth Royal Show wool judging competition on Monday.

The inaugural 2016 Heiniger Female Challenge will give IGA Perth Royal Show visitors a look into the work of professional female shearers.

The message from the Sheep Easy Field Day was that the best way to increase WA’s sheep numbers was to simplify how the State’s farmers approach sheep production.

Despite an icy wind keeping everyone present at the Shirlee Downs ram sale this year a tad on the cold side, prices were hot with the superb line-up of both SAMM and Poll Dorset Rams well-received …

Fourth-generation Waterloo dairy farmers Dean and Ellen Barbetti’s milking future looks bleak as they prepare to sell off their herd.

Mauro Balzarini’s grip on live exporter Wellard is slipping after he sold almost half of his shares to Chinese company Fulida as part of a deal to refinance his privately owned firm.

Wellard chief executive Mauro Balzarini has repaid the $16.3 million his private company owed the Fremantle-based livestock exporter inside the September 30 deadline.

The brothers behind WA’s biggest meat processor have proved Chinese investment is not a one-way street with the opening of one of the world’s biggest abattoir in Inner Mongolia.

Dairy farmer Dale Hanks is 13 days away from disaster. That’s when processor Brownes will stop picking up milk from his farm at Harvey.

Together with valued repeat buyers and a few new faces, the Pickering family’s ram sale was a great success last week at Cascade.

As demand increases for wool and sheep meat, the Garnett family had all the answers to both options at their annual ram sale last week at Gnowangerup.

The champion of this year’s Fleece Competition showed excellent style and substance, with the fleece proving to be a stand-out across several criteria.

The first abattoir to operate in the Kimberley in more than two decades has opened today, signalling a major boost for the region’s cattle industry.

Making a first appearance at the Western Wool Centre, Perenjori woolgrower David Spencer and his son Brad were impressed with how their wool was sold.

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