QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “MOST pundits expected a firm market in Australia during the past week, but not many could honestly say they expected it to be quite this strong.
Such is the way when supply is shrinking and there are limited opportunities to purchase the correct specification wools, and exporters, traders and processors are nervous about covering their sales position immediately.”
FARM WEEKLY – “WOOLGROWERS and wool industry stakeholders have until May 4 to lodge submissions to an independent review of performance and governance of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).
Ernst & Young (EY), appointed last month by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to conduct the three-year review of AWI before WoolPoll in September, called for submissions on Tuesday.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WITH a live wool auction moved forward to Tuesday next week to accommodate Anzac Day, there are only eight more selling weeks left in the record-breaking season at the Western Wool Centre (WWC). “
COOTAMUNDRA HERALD – by Declan Rurenga – “Wallendbeen’s Royalla Merino Stud have brought home top accolades for their sheep from the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
As well as several placings, they earned the Reserve Grand Champion for a fine wool ram and Reserve Champions for a super fine wool ewe and fine wool ewe. They presented four sheep and two fleeces which claimed first and second in the hotly contested wool classes.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SUPPLY concerns and strong demand for fewer high-yielding lines helped push wool prices to a near-record benchmark level this week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S declining wool supply might continue to underpin and possibly extend the current ‘super-cycle’ of demand being enjoyed by growers, leading market analyst Chris Wilcox said today.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 20 April 2018 (Week 42)
NZ FARMER – Rural Reporters – “Crossbred fleece prices advanced in spite of a large offering at the Christchurch wool sale.
The market responded well to an offering including the last of the summer shorn ewe wools, older season wool and a top offering of longer lambs’ wool at the Thursday auction. Prices were well in the favour of farmers particularly for 29 micron and finer lambs’s fleece and the 31 to 35 micron ewe wool market. A quality offering of new season’s second shear fleece, reflecting a good growing season, also received widespread bidding.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Rainfall totals have been significantly below average across almost all of the state, according to Bureau of Meteorology senior climatologist Blair Trewin.
Most areas of the state received average, and in some cases above average, rainfall in December and January, with the rain cutting off in February.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Dorothy Henderson – “On West Lort River, the property operated by the Stead family at Cascade, north-east of Esperance, sheep move quietly in the yard behind livestock manager Karl Witt.
The rams, bearing coloured ear tags to denote their bloodlines, are the living embodiment of the philosophy behind the breeding program on the farm, a program that saw Hargate Park sheep win the Peter Westblade Merino Challenge for 2016-18.”