STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “The Lincoln’s traditional home was the eastern fen country, of England. The sheep had their foundation when the economy of Great Britain was closely tied to the wool industry.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool demand again followed the fortunes of the physical auction markets last week, with limited enquiry on AuctionPlus’ Wooltrade system.”
IRISH FARMERS JOURNAL – by Anthony Jordan – “As wool prices continue to flounder, the cost of shearing has become a burden on farmers according to the IFA.
Speaking with the Irish Farmers Journal, John Lynskey, chairman of the IFA Sheep Committee said current prices were hitting rock bottom and were unable to support farmers’ costs.
“As it stands at the moment, prices are on the floor and the cost of shearing for farmers are not covered. How could they be when wool is at 60c/kg?” “
THE HINDU – by R. Vimal Kumar – “Despite the inherent advantages possessed by wool to produce premium-valued apparels, this natural fibre is yet to get popular on a large scale among the industrialists in Tirupur cluster.
At present, only less than 10 units in the entire cluster are into the production of apparels made of wool with reasons for its non-popularity been primarily attributed to lack of awareness on its benefits and its wide-range applications beyond the production of sweaters.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “Their love for the breed and a drive to continue a family legacy and protect biodiversity sees Margaret and Colin Chapman continue the oldest ongoing Dorset Down sheep stud in Australia.
The stud, Woodhall, is named after Margaret’s family farm at Richmond Plains where the stud was founded.”
STOCK & LAND – “A CROWD of potential buyers were on hand to look at the offerings at 17 studs went on display at the Eyre Peninsula Stud Merino and Poll Merino Pre-Sale Expo at the Wudinna Showground.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “The last wool sale of a tough season ended on a less than memorable note at the Christchurch wool sale last week.
China imports about half the volume of wool from New Zealand and the decline in interest is mainly from a fashion swing towards finer, softer and lighter merino wools.
Lower prices have got to the stage that wool agents believe interior textile products made from crossbred wools require urgent innovation and promotion to avoid further market loss to synthetic fibres. The market fade has not been assisted by a rising dollar against the United States currency.”
NZ FARMER – by Ike Williams – “OPINION: I attended the Beef and Lamb sheep breeders forum in Napier recently. It’s a conference where growers listen to various talks from scientists as to where we are heading with genetic tools for breeding. You meet and discuss a lot of issues with the experts and growers alike.
While I learned a lot, I came away uncomfortable about our future as breeders of sheep.
One central theme was genomics, a DNA sample that will provide more accurate breeding values than those we get from Sheep Improvement Limited (SIL) via our phenotypic recording. One scientist said if you are not genomically testing all your progeny then you shouldn’t be breeding sheep.”
STOCK & LAND – “For the past three years Eyre Peninsula based Lawral Park Prime SAMM stud has,made the 1400 kilometre trek to the Australian Sheep & Wool Show at Bendigo and stud principal Campbell Lawrie said it is well worth it.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “An excellent season has set up last year’s Australian Sheep & Wool Show Merino champion breeders up for another good showing in 2017.
Rock-Bank, Victorian Valley, took out Victorian-bred ram and grand champion Poll Merino Ram of the show.”