THE last Elliottdale stud flock in the world faces the chop if someone cannot be found to take it on.
Carl and Jann Terrey, who have kept the breed going for 25 years, can no longer manage the work of caring for the sheep due to ill health and increasing age.
“It would be such a shame to see them go to the butchers,” Mrs Terrey said.
“There is a tremendous emotional involvement in this and I get upset thinking about them going off to be slaughtered.
“We can’t do it any longer though. We’re just hoping someone might come along and carry on Carl’s work.”
Mr Terrey became involved with the breed at the Elliott Research Station at Burnie in the 1980s.
The station’s Elliottdale Project had developed a purpose-bred sheep for the carpet wool industry, with the breed commercialised in 1976.
CHINA’S endless demand for Australian dairy and baby formula is behind the butter price rises – and it will soon force bakeries to switch from using butter to margarine to survive.
Sausage rolls and croissants will start tasting different as bakeries deal with a 30 per cent increase in the cost of butter.
The value of dairy exports to China in 2016-17 was about $403 million, up from $144m five years prior.
IBISWorld figures also reveal China is taking 67 per cent of Australia’s $45m infant formula export market, compared to 26 per cent five years ago.
IBISWorld senior analyst Sam Johnson said there is a link between China’s insatiable demand for infant baby formula and the price of our butter.
“Many dairy processors have diverted production towards more value-added products that attract a premium,” he said.
IN POSITIVE news for eczema sufferers, recently published research funded by Australian Wool Innovation has demonstrated wearing superfine merino wool next to the skin is therapeutic for those suffering from the chronic skin condition.
Eczema, also known as atopic dermatitis, now affects 20 to 30 per cent of children. Sufferers have dysfunctional skin that dries out and can lead to cracked skin, bacterial infection, redness, scratching and itching.
However, dermatology trials have shown adult and infant eczema sufferers have reduced symptoms when wearing wool. When worn next to skin, superfine merino wool works as a dynamic buffer, helping maintain a more stable humidity and temperature in the micro-climate between the fabric and the skin. It appears wool acts like a second skin for these people whose ‘first’ skin is too dry.
LARA farmer Terry Hedt lives in fear of a foreign takeover.
But it is not a corporate giant that has him worried.
It’s the fear of seeing the Chilean needle grass that chokes the roadside invade his 600ha sheep property.
The exotic weed is being spread along Victorian roadsides by slashing contractors, where it then invades farms, producing sharp-pointed seeds that penetrate sheep skins, causing the animals suffering and damaging hides and carcass values.
In August Mr Hedt pleaded with VicRoads to slash the needle grass, before it set seed.
That fell on deaf ears as it flowered and set 15,000 to 20,000 seeds a square metre.
“It’s all over the place,” Mr Hedt said.