SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S national sheep flock is forecast to decline to 65.3 million this year leading to new lows in lamb and mutton production as strong international demand continues.”
THE RURAL – by Stephen Burns – “The magical figure of $300 for young first-cross ewes was achieved at Barellan when 5561 were yarded for the annual sale.
Findlays Barellan agent Neil Findlay said there was determined demand for the top lines of ewes on offer “in the face of the on-going dry conditions that are engulfing southern NSW at present.” “
STOCK & LAND – by Lloyd George – “The Bureau of Meteorology has released its updated weather summary for January 2019, and it does not make for great reading.
Last month was Australia’s hottest January on record. For Victoria, new records were also set for January heat. This is no surprise to anyone in the Mallee, Wimmera and north-east who experienced many days above 40 degrees Celsius.”
THE GRENFELL RECORD – “This course is for people who want to work as professional Wool Classers in the Australian wool harvesting industry. No previous experience is necessary however completion of Certificate II or III Wool Handling and/or industry experience prior to commencing Wool Classing is an advantage.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Natalie Lyons – “Week commencing 04/02/19:
The Eastern Market Indicator increased seven cents and closed at 1,934c/kg.
Week 31 saw a slight reduction in quantity with a national offering of 38,830 bales.
There were mixed results across the three selling centres for the merino sector with better styles attracting better buyer competition whilst poorer style wools lacked that support.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “STRONG crossbred wool demand was a feature of AuctionsPlus online sales last week, with 189 bales sold.”
FASHION UNITED (INDIA) – by Simone Preuss – “In association with high-end fashion label Péro from New Delhi and the wool weavers’ co-operative Bhuttico from Himachal Pradesh, India, The Woolmark Company brought a unique fashion experience to the ‘Sustainable Fashion Day’ of Lakmé Fashion Week Summer/Resort 2019, showcasing a special collection of ‘Grown in Australia, Made in India’ handmade Merino wool textiles and fashion that combined craft, culture and heritage.”
STOCK & LAND – Murray Arnel – “A small gathering of grazier and processor buyers bid better than expected prices at the Wycheproof store sheep sale on Friday.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “THE wool market has risen for the fifth consecutive sale, up 72c/kg on its Christmas close.
The Eastern Market Indicator rose 7c/kg to 1934c/kg last week, up 196c/kg from the 1738c/kg it was at the same time last year.
While variation in quality including vegetable matter and mid-breaks influenced prices, the EMI was mostly driven up by strong demand for crossbred wool.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Internal and external parasites combined comprise the major disease problem of Australian sheep costing the industry an estimated $715 million per year including $495 million in lost production and $220 million in costs of control.”