THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “THE demand for Australian sheep from countries including Chile and Argentina is well documented.
Now it seems they are also keen on our wool-classing and shearing skills.
Phillip Ward, of Dubbo, in NSW, has more than 40 years’ wool industry experience, and is the director of Australian Agricultural Training.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Disturbing news for the sheep industry has come this week from the Hay district in New South Wales – the very heart of the Riverina sheep grazing region and supposedly the Merino capital of Australia.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “VICTORIAN farmer Graham Supple has maintained a loyal relationship with one Merino stud and bred big- framed Merino sheep for half a century.
Farming at Paradise near St Arnaud, the Supple family have based their sheep breeding on Glendamar Merino genetics since the 1960s.”
KTVQ.COM – Montana – by Russell Nemetz MTN News – “Wool is one of the world’s most diverse natural fibers. It’s this diversity that has made the U.S. military the American wool industry’s number one customer.
The American Sheep Industry Association’s Wool Marketing Director Rita Kourlis Samuelson says “We’re trying to remind people why they use wool. It’s not your grandma’s wool sweater.” “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff and Natalie Kotsios – “AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce has refused to address the current controversy surrounding Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman.
AWI, which receives millions of dollars in woolgrower levy funds and matching government payments each year, has come under fire this week following an incident where Mr Merriman last week told a journalist questioning him on industry issues last week to “f— off”.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “MERINO and first-cross ewes topped about the $200 mark at a multi-agent spring sheep sale at Wycheproof.
The highest bid of the day was for the first lot of 300 Kadinia Pastoral, June-July 2016 first-cross ewes, which sold for $238 to John and Scott Arnold, of Rupanyup.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “A ST George wool grower has successfully used a drought lotting technique to lamb his 940 ewes in his yards with minimal losses.
Rod Avery, who leases the 2400 hectare property, Burgorah, north of St George, noticed the dry conditions worsening and knew he had to take the risk and begin hand feeding his pregnant ewes if he were to keep a large percentage of them alive.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Mole – “AT Ioness Poll Merino stud, principal Rob Coutts strives to breed Poll Merino rams that punch out soft, white wool while also producing a square sound framed ram.”
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Emma D’Agostino – “BENDIGO would be a prime position for a sheep shearing events complex, industry members believe.
And long-serving Bendigo Agricultural Show Society member Don McKinnon would like to see such a complex considered when the master plan for the city’s showgrounds is updated. “
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “The Banks family of Kojonup were celebrating their 2017 wool harvest rewards after receiving top values at the Western Wool Centre’s auction room last week.
Richard and Leonie Banks and their daughter Sarah, were very pleased with the prices received through Dyson Jones for their offering of 78 bales of September-shorn fleece wool which all sold to a top-price of 1534 cents/kg greasy.”