BORDER CHRONICLE – by Ali Kuchel and Catherine Miller – “Enthusiasm among commercial Merino breeders at the South East Merino Field Day this week was sky-high with fantastic wool and meat prices as well as puddles of water in the car park.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Jenne Brammer – “After 20 years of shrinking production, Australian wool is expanding and prices will remain at multi-decade highs, according to an industry report.
Strong export demand and limited supply led the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator to rise 10 per cent to 1507¢/kg in the first half of 2017 — the highest prices since the collapse of the reserve price scheme in 1991.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Dorothy Henderson – “With full dams and a soil profile still moist after rains early this year, the scene is set for a productive season on Epasco Farm east of Condingup.
Farm manager Rod Taylor said the 150mm of rain received in early February had followed on from 67mm received in late January, ensuring the farm enjoyed a great summer period.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Rueben Hale – “Bruce Rock shearer Ethan Harder (third from left) and his team mates celebrate his amazing feat of mowing through 600 Merino lambs in just eight hours, which is an unofficial Australian record. With him are wool presser and timekeeper Allan Rodney, Ethan’s girlfriend and wool classer Regina Jones, fellow shearers Charlie Baker, Guage Harder (brother) and Kenny Wolfenden. “
SCOOP INDPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s CEO Mr John Dawson reports that this week’s North Island wool offering remained reasonably stable with most types following US currency movements and only easing slightly.”
RIVERINE HERALD – “Finley High School’s breeding program has produced the best lamb ram in Australia, according to judges at the Australian Sheep & Wool Show.
The school competed in the Bendigo event at the weekend.
FHS Agriculture teacher Gary Webb said their winning Poll Dorset lamb ram was shown by student Hamish Congdon.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Wool industry heavyweight Wal Merriman has denied attempting to oust Meat and Livestock Australia’s chief from the meat industry’s top position.
MLA managing director Richard Norton said Mr Merriman, Australian Wool Innovation chairman, phoned MLA chair Michele Allan last week asking for the board of directors to address Mr Norton’s public comments made about mulesing.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WEST Australian stud breeder Ray Lewis told exhibitors at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show in Bendigo at the weekend dual-purpose attributes were crucial for the future of the Merino.
The Lewisdale stud owner, from Wickepin, judged the wool section of the objective measurement Merino class, which was won by Roemahkita Poll Merinos, of Cummins in South Australia.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “AUSTRALIA’S only specialist wool-handling competition is hosted at Hamilton’s Sheepvention each year, with winners gaining points towards state championship eligibility.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “THE saleyards will always be the number one place for setting livestock price benchmarks.
That’s according to last year’s Sheepvention Young Auctioneers winner Ryan Burden from Landmark in Narrandera, NSW, who said online and direct sales would never out-compete saleyard markets.”