RURAL LIFE – by Sally Rae – “Dave Maslen is a reluctant sustainability superstar.
The New Zealand Merino Co’s general manager for markets and sustainability was a finalist in the sustainability superstar category in the recent NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.
The category, won by Waikato dairy farmer Tracy Brown, celebrated people who inspired and led others to make a difference.”
THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE (PAKISTAN) – by APP – “PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Livestock and Dairy Development Department have developed a new sheep breed Ramghani to fulfil high demand of wool for the woollen garment sector.”
RURAL LIFE (NZ) – “Australia has trimmed its forecast for wool production by nearly 5% as dry weather across the world’s largest producer of the fibre squeezes production to at least a 21-year low – the worst on record.
Wool production during the 2018/19 season will total 385,000 tonnes, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) said on Tuesday, down from an estimate in September of 404,000 tonnes.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “WOOL growers will now be able to use the Woolmark brand to stamp their wool bales.
The Woolmark brand is “the world’s best-known textile quality fibre brand” and Woolmark certification allows licensees to use the Woolmark logo.
Up until now the Woolmark brand has solely been a quality assurance scheme for both manufacturers and the consumers.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “Widespread rain is forecast across an extensive area of the eastern seaboard later this week as multiple weather systems develop.
The forecast comes after the north tropical coast of Queensland received up to 349 millimetres of rain in the 24 hours to 9am Monday with many totals of around 250mm.”
ENCA.COM – “SYDNEY – Australia trimmed its forecast for wool production by nearly 5 percent as dry weather across the world’s largest producer of the fibre squeezes production to at least a 21-year low — the worst on record.
Wool production during the 2018/19 season will total 385,000 tonnes, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) said, down from an estimate in September of 404,000 tonnes.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Natalie Lyons – “Week Commencing 10/12/18
Week 23 saw a slight drop of 11 cents to the Eastern Market Indicator, finishing the week at 1,849c/kg.
There was a national offering of 38,315 bales and a pass rate of 10.3 per cent.
The merinos made gains across most microns with some gaps seen with inferior type wools.”
FARM WEEKLY – “A SMALL selection of wool from an increasing number of WA growers is set to be used for a new luxury wool brand as part of an arrangement brokered by the export division of growing local agribusiness, Westcoast Wool & Livestock.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “AFTER a brief flurry of confidence brought about by the G20 agreement to halt the trade war and further tariff increases, doubts began to creep in concerning the actual agreement that had been reached and whether this would bring about lasting compromise.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SOUTHERN buyers dominated the bidding in online sheep and lamb sales last week, as rain increased demand for a bigger AuctionsPlus offering.”