SHEEP CENTRAL – “Autumn is likely to be drier than average over the northern half of WA, the southern NT, and far western and eastern Queensland.
In contrast, most of southern Australia shows no strong swing towards either a wetter or drier than average autumn. However, in southern, and particularly southeastern Australia, recent years have seen a decline in the average autumn rainfall.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “IT was a very solid wool market again last week across the micron spectrum and across the nation. The market faced up to a very small quantity in Sydney, the smallest Merino catalogue in 12 months according to AWEX. “
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Zach Relph – Countryman – “The York family, of Tammin, are among many farmers in the heart of WA’s Wheatbelt who have long-enjoyed the dominant grain-growing region’s favourable conditions.
However, the York’s Anameka Farm is not immune to salt-affected land, which has riddled multiple mixed cropping and sheep operations throughout the area.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Tasmanian woolgrowers Allan and Carol Phillips, Deddington, were recently awarded the highest quality accolade, 1PP certification, for a bale of wool.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 15 February 2019 (Week 33)
SHEEP CENTRAL – “HISTORICALLY high crossbred wool prices, including gains of up to 35 cents for 28 micron lines, were the highlight of a buoyant Australian auction market this week.
AWEX senior market analyst Lionel Plunkett said crossbred wool attracted extremely strong support this week, helping to push some prices to record levels and contributing to the healthy rise of the Eastern Market Indicator.
The AWEX EMI rose 24 cents to 1968c/kg clean and has now increased for seven consecutive sales, adding 119 cents since Week 24, he said. The EMI in US$ rose 21 cents to US 1401c/kg clean.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Markets partner – “AUSTRALIA’S wool auction market had another strong week, with low supply pushing Merino qualities higher and forward price discounts being offset by the tight supplies.
Crossbreds reached record levels as processors looked to cheaper alternatives to feed their machinery.
Forward wool contract price levels traded higher as exporters looked to cover some risk even with their processor clients claiming that current levels are unsustainable.”
i-D.vice.com – by Ryan White – “The lucky recipients of the prestigious fashion award and mentorship scheme will be announced on Saturday night. It’s back! This coming Saturday, mid-way through London Fashion Week autumn/winter 19, the three winners of the prestigious International Woolmark Prize will be announced. To the uninitiated, the prize is a longstanding global award that began in 1953 as an initiative of the International Wool Secretariat.”
ABC NEWS – NSW Country Hour – by Cara Jeffery – “Merino sheep were bred to endure the extremes of the Australian climate, but the ongoing drought coupled with recent dust storms is taking a toll on wool quality and quantity.
Wool brokers and farmers are reporting some wool clips have been reduced by two kilograms a head.
Jemalong Wool managing director Rowan Woods, from Forbes in the New South Wales Central West, said it is a challenging time for growers who are battling the elements.”
NZ HERALD – The Country – “Federated Farmers says it will support the reintroduction of a compulsory wool levy, but only if there is a sound plan of action.
Without that plan, the industry was facing “death by a thousand cuts”, Federated Farmers meat and wool chairman Miles Anderson said.”