SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has personally endorsed the AWI board’s preferred candidates in the 2017 election in a letter branded as inappropriate by peak grower body WoolProducers Australia.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “… Interest in crossbred young ewes was again high with best lines sold to a sale high $265 while Merino young ewe sales topped at $218, with six further sales completed above $200 a head.
A sale highlight was a March shorn line of four year-old ewes sold at $238 a head while two pens of 15-drop wethers, in full wool, made to $188 a head and were returned to the paddock.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Anabelle Cleeland – “Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has rejected allegations the industry group was not spending enough money on genetic evaluation due to his perceived breeding conflict of interest.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “NSW’s northern tablelands woolgrower Paul Mabbott has won the Reda Future Project Award, an inaugural award aimed to reinvigorate traditional superfine wool production in Australia.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “NSW northern tablelands woolgrower, Paul Mabbott, has won the Reda Future Project Award, an inaugural prize aimed at reinvigorating traditional superfine wool production in Australia.
The Mabbott family own “Rockvale”, near Uralla, NSW, which run 8000 traditional fine crimping superfine Merino bloodlines, 180 cattle and 1700 crossbred lambs across the 2025 hectare property.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week commencing 30/10/2017
While the Eastern Market indicator firmed 10 cents in the week to finish at 1,578c/kg, in US dollar terms the EMI softened by 13 cents which suggests a supply chain that is buying wool at hefty levels.
Trading in Sydney last week had the 17 micron indicator firm 39 cents to 2,377c/kg, 19’s up 35 cents to 1,920c/kg while the 21 micron indicator gained 7 cents to finish at 1,560c/kg.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Ritoul & Courtney Walsh – “THE long list of offerings featuring well-known and respected bloodlines was enough to entice a strong contingent of registered buyers from throughout the State and from the Eastern States to attend last week’s combined agents annual October special ewe & lamb sale at Katanning. “
NZ HERALD – ” The New Zealand shearing team have again had to bow to Australian supremacy on the western side of the Tasman in losing the first test of the 2017-2018 transtasman series.
Shearing last night on the first day of the Australian National Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Bendigo, Vic., the Australian team of Shannon Warnest, of Willalooka, S.A., Jason Wingfield, of Cobram., Vic, and Daniel McIntyre, of Glen Innes, NSW, all beat Kiwi shearers John Kirkpatrick, of Napier, Rowland Smith, from Northland and now based at Maraekakaho, near Hastings, and Troy Pyper, of Winton.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 27 October 2017 (Week 17)
NZ FARMER – by Chris Irons – “OPINION: At the risk of stating the obvious, farmers want the best price for what they produce.
But how many of us have an in-depth understanding of what buyers and consumers really want? And are our systems totally geared to their requirements?
Farmers should be trying our best to deliver the best quality product to customers who will pay the most, wherever they are in the world.”