QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Beale – “CONSUMER pressure for Australian sheep producers to abandon the mulesing procedure has infiltrated the red meat industry.
The surgical practice was identified as the number one threat facing the sheep industry by a crisis management company employed by the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – Interior textile products made from crossbred wool require urgent innovation and promotion to avoid further market loss to synthetic fibres, PGG Wrightson Wool says.
The comments followed the last wool sale of the season in Christchurch, which had a ”very disappointing end”. Lamb’s wool was most affected.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “A faster and more accurate DNA test for parentage and poll status will be available to sheep breeders from next month.
The latest version of the DNA Parentage and Poll test will also be able to detect a range of genetic defects.
Previously tests were delivered using a 180 SNP panel.
According to the Sheep CRC, while that provided reliable predictions of parentage and the horn-poll trait, it had limitations when there were a number of closely related rams in use in a breeding program.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “THE combination of a stronger dollar and price resistance from overseas forced the market to slip back a little this week. As expected the market was around 30c cheaper (AWEX’s eastern market indicator closed on 1507c, down 26c), although the movement in US dollar terms was far less with a drop of only 4c leaving the market still facing some price resistance in overseas markets.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “The crossbred wool industry is in crisis, says PGG Wrightson’s South Island wool sales manager, David Burridge.
“It has gone from riches to rags in 12 months,” he said.
Although fine wool is doing well, bales of poorly prepared crossbred wool are sitting in warehouses with no buyers in sight. He said crossbred wool made up about 85% of New Zealand wool sales in terms of volume.Although there was still a market, it was at a “very low level”.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A DRY season has Western Australian sheep farmers worried about feeding flocks, if attendance at a nutrition workshop last week was a gauge of their concern.
The workshop with acknowledged sheep nutrition expert John Milton was organised by Brookton Farmarama, Primaries of WA and CRT on Thursday and promoted only by word of mouth to clients.”
INDIA.COM – by Ians Feeds – “Gandhinagar, July 1 (IANS) The Woolmark Company announced the second phase of its successful “Grown In Australia, Made In India” initiative during the Textiles India 2017.”
STOCK AND LAND – by Annabelle Beale – “FOUR years into the collaboration, the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association (ASWGA) and Australian Country Spinners (ACS) have developed a global craft following.
Driven by the need to diversify their markets, ACS launched the exclusive line of Australian Superfine Merino by Cleckheaton last year to 7000 knitters in Times Square, New York, as part of Vogue Knitting LIVE.”
TOWNSVILLE BULLETIN – by John Andersen – “IT LOOKS like a fence you might expect to see around a prison camp, but the high netting and barbed wire structure going up around Bob and Margaret Little’s Moonby Downs, south of Hughenden, is designed to keep out wild dogs.”
STOCK & LAND – by Gregor Heard – “IF THERE is a woolshed in the far south-west Wimmera, there’s a fair chance Richie Foster has shorn there.
The Apsley shearer has had a phenomenal career in the industry, stretching in excess of 50 years.”