THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “STRONG demand has pushed the wool market higher for the sixth consecutive week.
The Eastern Market Indicator last week rose 10c/kg to 1944c/kg — 126c/kg higher than the 1818c/kg at the same time last year and 729c/kg higher than the 10-year average of 1215c/kg.”
MAORI TELEVISION – by Te Kuru o te Marama Dewes – “World champion wool-handler Joel Henare of Ngāti Porou is preparing for his NZ swansong before leaving the world of wool handling.
“It’s more about the bragging rights I think and a good pat on the back that you’ve done something right, you’ve got it right to the best of your ability,” says Henare, “It’s always about winning, no one ever goes to a competition to get second.” “
RURAL LIFE – by Sally Rae – “Wool discolouration, caused by inclement weather before Christmas, affected prices at last week’s South Island wool sale.
Prices were still poor due to the high percentage of discoloration while lambs’ wool was in good demand, especially lines with no discolouration, CP Wool supply relationship manager Roger Fuller said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool sellers benefited from strong overseas demand and the weaker Australian dollar last week as buyers continued to show interest in sourcing suitable crossbred clips.
AuctionsPlus operations manager Tom Rookyard said the weaker Australian dollar coupled with renewed interest from overseas mills impacted on the market positively for growers last week.”
RAG TRADER – by Paige Murphy – “The 2019 International Woolmark Prize returns to London Fashion Week with a line-up of industry experts sitting on the judging panel.
Taking place at Lindley Hall on February 16, this will be the third time the award has been hosted in London.”
STOCK & LAND – “Leading research organisation driven by grassroots Merino breeders and service providers, MerinoLink, has appointed Jason Letchford as chief executive officer.
Mr Letchford replaces sheep industry consultant Sally Martin who has taken on the role of project manager and technical advisor, supporting the current and future MerinoLink projects and trials.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Peter Somerville – “LAST month was bittersweet for Keith and Barb Millard, from Merino in the Western District, as they watched their last wool clip sold in Melbourne.
The Millards sold the family property to retire in Port Fairy.”
NZ HERALD – THE COUNTRY – “Southland shearer Brett Roberts strengthened his hopes of a place among the elite at the Golden Shears next month when he won the Otago Shears open final in Balclutha on Saturday.”
NZ HERALD – THE COUNTRY – “Reigning Golden Shears and New Zealand Open shearing champion Rowland Smith continued on a relentless march in quest more of the top honours and a possible second world title when he won the Te Puke A and P Show’s Open final on Saturday.”
GISBORNE HERALD (NZ) – “Former Gisborne wool handler Joel Henare demonstrated why he is a world champion when aspiration met perspiration in Balclutha on Saturday.
Conditions for competitors at the Otago Shearing and Woolhandling Championships were at the challenging end of the spectrum in the town’s War Memorial Hall, as temperatures topped 28 degrees.”