NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Sally Cripps – “Longreach sheep and cattle grazier, Dominic Burden, has replaced Russell Lethbridge as the north Queensland representative on the AgForce Queensland Farmers Board.”
NZ FARMER – Rural Reporters – “Most of the crossbred market ended up cheaper at the Christchurch wool sale last week.
Exporters were selective in their buying of finer crossbred types destined for China.
Crossbred fleece 31 to 34 microns was 7-10 per cent cheaper from the last sale on November 16. Also down was crossbred fleece 35 microns and stronger by 3-5 per cent and second shear was 1-3 per cent cheaper on a limited offering. Oddments were back 3-6 per cent.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “HE MAY have just endured his driest ever winter on record, and consequently running out of feed, but a Swifts Creek farmer said things aren’t all “doom and gloom”.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “SHORT wool with staple lengths of 57 to 67 millimetres from a six-month shearing did not significantly penalise Three Springs woolgrower Anthony Thomas at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) last week.
Primaries of WA wool technician Graeme Luff said the prices Mr Thomas received last Thursday for his “prem” wool from a second shearing this year, were less than 30 cents a kilogram clean below what he might have expected for “full wools”. “
SAFETY CULTURE – OHS News – by Haydee – “With figures from Safe Work Australia showing that agriculture is still one of the most dangerous workplaces, an industry leader urged farmers to improve work safety record.
There were 44 fatalities from the agriculture sector in 2016. It also garnered the most serious claims for work-related injuries (per million hours worked).”
KTVQ – by David Jay – MTN News – “The oldest livestock organization in the state finished its 134th annual convention in Billings this weekend.
Friday night, the Montana Wool Growers Association had some fun with speed shearing in a tent outside the Red Lion Hotel & Convention Center. Several shearers competed and raised money for the Montana State University sheep shearing school and for fire victims around the state.”
XINHUANET – “SYDNEY, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) — Australia’s major wool sector looks poised to sustain a return to strong growth, fueled by record high prices and robust demand from increasingly affluent Chinese consumers, latest industry figures and analyses showed.
Scott Carmody, trade consultant for the nonprofit Australian Wool Innovation industry group, told Xinhua recently that demand is now the strongest in three to four decades, with “Chinese influence on the market exerting extreme upward pressure on wool prices in Australia”. “
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders norther wool manager – “THE wool market seemed to struggle against opposing forces last week, with some participants calling for further correction, while others were keen to secure supply and content to push prices higher.
Despite a reasonably large offering of just under 50,000 bales the looming Christmas recess and the gap in supply won the argument and prices closed higher at stumps.”
NEW ZEALAND HERALD – THE COUNTRY – ” Prices were erratic at last week’s South Island wool sale in Christchurch.
Exporters were very selective with their purchases of finer crossbred types destined for China. Coarse crossbred fleece showing discolouration struggled to find a level with limited competition, Roger Fuller, of CP Wool, said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUCTIONSPLUS offered a record 103,587 sheep and lambs on Tuesday last week, with promising reports of rain and forecasts for strong falls on the horizon. Total online sheep listings for the week totalled 118,077 head, an increase of 37,312 from last week.”