STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Renowned Victorian Saxon breeders, the Crawford family of Sierra Park, Victoria Valley, has been crowned the prestigious 2018 Wool Excellence title, awarded by Vitale Barberis Canonico.
The Crawfords were ecstatic to receive the honour which was announced on Sunday at the Calyx, located in the heart of Sydney’s Royal Botanic Gardens, in front of more than 30 Wool Excellence Club members from NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “LEADING superfine Saxon wool-growing family, the Crawfords of Victoria Valley, has won the prestigious annual Vitale Barberis Canonico Wool Excellence Award.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW Zealand blade shearing champion Tony Dobbs reached a personal milestone when he won the New Zealand Spring Shears Open blade shearing final in Waimate at the weekend.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUCTIONSPLUS sheep and lamb listings increased last week, but clearance rates decreased as rainfall boosted vendor price expectations for the 88,403 head offered.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sophie Lewis – “MIXED results have been felt across the wool market, leading the Eastern Market Indicator to finish 21c/kg lower at 1992c/kg clean.
Australian Wool Network technical manager Kelvin Shelley said poorer quality 16.5 micron and finer clips felt the brunt of the decline, dictated by European interest.”
NEWS TALK ZB (NZ) – NZ HERALD – “An un-baa-lievably woolly sheep who is believed to have never been shorn will get a trim on Sunday afternoon to establish if its fleece is record-breaking.
The cut will take place at New Zealand’s national museum of sheep and shearing, The Wool Shed, on Sunday at 1pm.
The North Island counterpart to the Shrek the sheep, the feral crossbred ewe was snared on a remote bluff in the Mapiu district south of Te Kuiti.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A SPECIAL one-bale lot of ewe hogget wool averaging 13.9 microns and selling for 3090 cents a kilogram greasy was the highlight of trade at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) recently.
It was the highest greasy price paid at the WWC in more than 10 years according to Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) technical controller Andrew Rickwood.”
STUFF – SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Rachael Kelly – “It’s two from two for top shearer Nathan Stratford.
Fresh from a win at the New Zealand Merino Shears at Alexandra, he won the open competition at the Waimate Spring Shears on Saturday.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Ewe buyer confidence lifted at Jerilderie on Friday on the back of patchy rain falling across more removed areas of central NSW.
Although rainfall across the main southern buying districts was deemed as insignificant, the enthusiasm that emerged, simply because it had rained somewhere, added as much as $20, and up to $40 a head on most previously undervalued drought capped prices.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN wool auction prices fell further this week, despite the latest testing figures highlighting the recent drop in greasy fibre production due to the drought and seasonal conditions.”