QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Stephen Burns – “A highlight of the dinner celebrating the successful conclusion of the 89th annual Berridale Merino ewe competition was the public announcement of sponsorship by the rural business banking arm of ANZ.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 11 May 2018 (Week 45)
SHEEP CENTRAL – “LIVESTOCK farmers need to reclaim the emotional space in animal welfare policy discussions and align with community and consumer expectations or risk their farming practices being determined by activists.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL officially became a $20 a kilogram fibre in Western Australia this week with the state auction market’s indicator lifting 66 cents to an historic 2018c/kg clean.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “GROWING fears about future supplies and a weakening Australian dollar helped lift wool prices to historic levels at auctions this week.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A FORECAST rapid reduction of the current WA wool season has been reflected in wool test figures for April.
Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) statistics for last month showed 36,115 bales were tested in WA, down 1857 or 4.9 per cent on the number tested in April last year.
It was also 1359 fewer than tested in March and 1237 shy of the number tested in February.”
THE REP – “The wool market traded higher yesterday and the Cape Wools Merino Indicator increased by 0,6% and by 116 points to close at a value of R190,70 (Clean). The Australian EMI increased by 1,4% this week. The Cape Wools All Wool Indicator increased by 1,0%.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “After three weeks of steady inclines, the Australian wool market has come off slightly, recording a small decrease.
The industry benchmark Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) fell by 10 cents per kilogram last week, closing at 1836c/kg.”
ABC NEWS – WA Country Hour – by Joanna Prendergast – “Sheep farmers across Australia have been trapping blowflies and posting them to Melbourne to help scientists create a vaccine to protect sheep against flystrike.
Blowflies laying eggs and subsequent maggot growth in sheep costs Australian wool growers $280 million each year in lost productivity and time. It can cause a slow and painful death if not treated and is regarded by the country’s peak woolgrower organisation as a significantly adverse state of animal welfare for sheep.”
STOCK & LAND – by Nathan Scott, Achieve Ag Solutions – “What is this strange world that we live in; where people tell us what we can and can’t do with our animals? Where people happily thrust upon us their expectations of us, in managing the welfare of livestock? Put simply, it is the modern world. One that the farming community needs to come to grips with. “