THE WEEKLY TIMES – “MERINOLINK founder and farm consultant Sally Martin was one of 11 people who received the inaugural Australian Wool Industry Medal tonight.
Ms Martin, who is also involved in the Peter Westblade Scholarship, was announced as a recipient at the Wool Week dinner in Melbourne.
She was also recognised as one of Australia’s 100 Women of Influence in 2013.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Elders district wool broker Brett Smith has been crowned the 2017 National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia’s Wool Broker of the Year.
Mr Smith, who covers the expansive North West NSW and Southern Queensland region, was tonight presented with the prestigious title during the Australian Wool Industries Secretariat’s Wool Week gala, held at Aerial, Melbourne.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “Michael Blake, a passionate wool growing and farming advocate, is driven to improve practices on the family’s farm and share his learnings with the broader farming sector and general public.”
FARMERS WEEKLY – by Lucinda Dann – “The British Wool Marketing Board has bought Kent Wool Growers (KWG) wool-handling business and associated assets after the company was put into administration last week (19 August).”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Prices were up while numbers sold fell at the Rabobank Katanning Ram Sale held in conjunction with last week’s WA Sheep Expo event.
Of the total of 23 rams offered, 13 sold to a top price of $28,500 and average price of $9846, up $523/head on last year when 24 rams sold for an average price of $9323.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Record Merino sheep entries produced a memorable outcome for the Patterson family, of Woolkabin stud, Woodanilling, at the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo last week at Katanning.
The three judges were unanimous in their decision after inspecting some 250 entries to acclaim Woolkabin Elliot, a medium wool August-shorn Poll Merino ram, their choice for the supreme exhibit ribbon, which also entitled the ram to be sashed WA Ram of the Year.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Producers who had wool in the auction rooms last week were all smiles as market prices soared dramatically across the country.
The tone was set on the first day from the opening hammer in the Eastern States, with prices across the entire Merino spectrum increasing by 40 to 50 cents from the outset.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “INTERNATIONAL movements and seasonal conditions are the biggest influences to Australian beef prices, according to Mecardo managing director Robert Herrmann.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Recognising the growing demand for ethically produced superfine wool, the Australian Superfine wool Growers’ Association (ASWGA) has adopted an animal welfare policy. ASWGA encourages members to follow best practice in animal welfare with the ultimate aim of removing the need for mulesing. The Superfine Industry is the flagship of the wool industry.”
KENT ONLINE (UK) – by Chris Price – “Administrators for farming retailer Kent Wool Growers have sold the company’s wool-handling operations.
The British Wool Marketing Board has bought the business from the farmer-owned co-operative, known as KWG, which tumbled into administration after nearly a century of trading earlier this month.”