THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “IN A year where the eastern market indicator hit a 10-year high, stud Merino breeders are looking forward to the selling season with optimism.
Wool prices have steadily increased, with the eastern market indicator closing at 1550c/kg clean last week compared with 1300c/kg for the same week last year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “THE October store sheep sale at Hay in the Riverina has been cancelled by selling agents Elders and Landmark.
It now appears unlikely that Hay, which is one of southern Australia’s major Merino sheep selling centres, will hold another store sale this year. Usually it holds markets in October and November as a follow-up to its feature opening spring sale in September.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Gregor Heard – “WEST Wimmera Dohne stud Koonik recorded a solid performance, with a mix of repeat and new clients competing for a well-turned out line of rams, with prices rising to $4250 on two occasions.”
WELLINGTON TIMES – by Geoff Plasto – “Rain fell over the district on Sunday with precipitation varying greatly depending on where you live. Spicers Creek measured the heaviest falls with over 30mm, however the southern part of Wellington had only about 8mm and around the town from 14 to 20mm was the order.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “DERBY DOWNS
*Total clearance of 100 Poll Dorset rams sold to a top of $3200, av $1325
*Total clearance of 12 ewes sold to a top of $650, av $485
A BOOMING prime lamb industry has seen Derby Downs Poll Dorset stud, Marong, record a total clearance at its recent on-property ram sale.”
THE SCOTTISH FARMER – by Gordon Davidson – ” TWO Welshman have set a new record by hand shearing 397 sheep over the course of nine hours.
The pair, Gareth Pennant Owen and Clive Hamer, managed to shear an average of 44 sheep per hour, over a nine-hour period, at Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin, in Somerset, with Mr Owen managing to shear 202 of those himself.”
KNITTING INDUSTRY – “Brooklyn-based brand Thursday Finest is turning the traditional manufacturing process upside-down by letting customers take control of the design stage and tailoring Merino wool socks specifically to individual feet, according to The Woolmark Company, which recently partnered with the brand.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Carrfields – “American interior designers have elevated humble New Zealand wool to artwork status in a recent rug design competition in San Francisco.
Carlisle, which distributes Carrfields Primary Wool (CP Wool)’s range of premium New Zealand wool carpets and rugs in North America under the Just Shorn® brand, invited designers from the California Bay Area to submit their designs for rugs that could be crafted from 100% Just Shorn® New Zealand wool.”
ECOPRENEURIST – “Are you a green, ahead-of-the-trend homeowner or builder? Do you adopt new technologies and materials that can help you realize the benefits of sustainable living and working spaces? If so, there’s “something old/something new” that you should consider – sheep’s wool building insulation.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “The independence of Australian Wool Innovation board nominee William Wilson has been questioned after the nomination committee endorsed him over incumbent board member Paul Cocking.”