FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WA’s wool market bounced back from a minor correction with record prices for finer wools as live auction trading at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) returned to relative normality last week.
The week nine sales on Wednesday and Thursday were only the third two-day weekly sales so far this this season because of an annual recess and low wool stocks resulting in some one-day sale weeks and no sales at all the previous week.”
FARM WEEKLY – “BUYERS let an opportunity to purchase large-framed, heavy cutting, quality woolled rams slip through their fingers at last week’s Trevino on-property Poll Merino ram sale at Southern Cross.
With only a small buying register, it was tough going for the Primaries selling team throughout the 80 head catalogue with auctioneer Jay Macdonald knocking many rams down in one bid”.
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “THE Australian wool market continues to move along quite steadily, managing to negotiate the competing push and pull forces of supply, wavering demand, currency and a poorer quality offering.
In true wool market style, even among all the noise generated by the mentioned factors AWEX’s Eastern Market Indicator was virtually unchanged in local currency terms with only a minor 2c drop.”
NEWSTALK ZB (NZ) – “New Zealand’s wool industry is in crisis and it’s serious, says Woodville farmer for 66 years John Bradley.
Bradley joined a large number of farmers from around the region at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Tararua Farming for Profit Seminar in Dannevirke last Wednesday, with the focus of the day, “Wool, wool, what is it good for?””
FARM WEEKLY – by Kane Chatfield – “THE Button family notched up a colossal result at its 13th annual on-property ram sale at Tammin on Monday to celebrate the stud’s 50th anniversary of Poll Merino breeding.
A complete clearance of an increased catalogue of 300 Poll Merino rams to gross more than $500,000 has raised the bar early for one of the sales of the season, with two-tooth ram sales getting underway last week. “
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Kristen Frost – “The New Zealand Government has moved to ban the practice of mulseing sheep, introducing legislation to under the Animal Welfare (Care and Procedures) act.
Under the changes, the surgical removal of a sheep’s breach, tail skin folds or tail skin wrinkles will be made a criminal conviction and carry a $5000 penalty for an individual offender and $25,000 for a body corporate. This means even a veterinarian with pain relief cannot perform the surgical procedure.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “COMMERCIALISATION of an effective alternative to the surgical mulesing of sheep next year and a New Zealand ban next month could accelerate the phasing out of the practice in Australia.”
NZ HERALD – Hawkes Bay Today, by Christine McKay – ” New Zealand’s wool industry is in crisis and it’s serious, says Woodville farmer for 66 years John Bradley.
Bradley joined a large number of farmers from around the region at the Beef + Lamb New Zealand Tararua Farming for Profit Seminar in Dannevirke last Wednesday, with the focus of the day, “Wool, wool, what is it good for?” “
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing – “NEW South Wales shearing contractor Steven Mudford has set a new world record of 373 Merino wethers shorn in an eight hour day.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SOUTH Australian producers led the seasonally driven online sheep and sell-off last week, as AuctionsPlus offered 60,841 head nationally, 5544 more than the previous week.”