STOCK & LAND – “Another 13 Victorian saleyards have been granted more than $1.5 million in funding to help them in the transition to mandatory electronic tagging of sheep and goats.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Britain’s Earl Charles Cadogan’s continued investment in the Merino wool industry in WA paid resulting dividends, with a partial of its annual Snaigow clip finding uncompromising value last week.
On hand to celebrate record farmgate wool prices, Cadogan Estate board president Andrew McGlew said the sale of a 127-bale consignment grown and shorn off Cadogan’s mixed farming property at Boddington surpassed all expectations.”
ABC NEWS – by Nicole Bond – “Australian wool growers have reason to celebrate this Christmas, especially producers from western Queensland.
After more than half a decade of drought, and the region losing hundreds of thousands of lambs to wild dogs in recent years, wool prices have hit record highs.
Wool grower David Counsell has a third less sheep on his station near Barcaldine in central western Queensland, but his wool cheque is likely to be the healthiest in years.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Moderate falls were recorded in southeastern Australia from the passage of a cold front, while thunderstorms and showers in southeastern Queensland and northern New South Wales brought moderate rainfall.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by David Jochinke, VFF president – “Down at the docks, the dispute between the Maritime Union of Australia and Victoria International Container Terminal is entering its second week.
It began when an employee was dismissed, either due to his lack of security clearance, according to VICT, or because of his contact with Fair Work Australia, according to the MUA.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Karen Bailey and Daniel Pedersen – “WITH the Eastern Market Indicator at a record 1699 cents a kilogram and the auctions preparing to shut up shop for the Christmas break, confidence abounds the market will stay strong into the new year.
Greg Andrews, Schute Bell’s northern wool manager on Tuesday afternoon said there was a strong chance the year’s last sales could again set a new record.”
7 NEWS – AAP – “Australia’s farm production is tipped to fall seven per cent from record levels after dry weather in grain-growing regions affected crops.
After peaking at $63 billion in 2016-17 total production is likely to drop to $59 billion in 2017-18, according to the latest report by the federal government’s agriculture forecaster.”
OUTSIDE – by Sarah L. Stewart – “Corporate acquisitions and a challenging retail climate could alter the price and personality of the industry’s biggest wool-apparel brands… In the past month, two big changes have rocked the merino market. “
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool platform AuctionsPlus received consistent demand from buyers last week as prices hit record levels on the physical auction market.”
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Sheep producers are enjoying a spectacular year with lamb and wool prices in stellar territory.
Hamilton Stock Agents Association president Health Templeton said prices for heavy export lambs weighing between 30-32 kilograms hit a record $240 a head at Hamilton last week.”