NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “A BIT more red ink on the market report, made a bit worse in local currency terms by the strength of the Australian dollar earlier last week.
As AWEX pointed out in their weekly report the EMI has fallen by 4 per cent in the past three weeks, which is not a huge move compared to many other commodities and most of the Merino categories still sit well over the 95th percentile of prices for the past 20 years.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A FLOCK of heavy Merino fleece cutters producing good lambs for meat and wool production has won the 2018 McLennan-McColl Flock of the Year.”
RURAL LIFE – by Sally Rae – “When Jim Hore got his first stud merino sheep, industry stalwart Bill Gibson told him not to mix bloodlines.
He listened to that advice and followed it through, saying the Stonehenge sheep had not really altered over the years, as they had stuck to the traditional.
The Hore family hosted the Central Otago stud merino tour on Friday, with other properties visited during the two-day tour including Nine Mile, Malvern Downs, Earnscleugh, Matangi, Little Valley, Matarae and Armidale.”
TOWN & COUNTRY – by Elspeth Kernebone – “Do you know a person who has made an exceptional contribution to the Australian wool industry?
You can nominate now for the Australian Wool Industry Medal, which recognises the work of those whose support has been invaluable to the industry. “
STOCK & LAND – by Katrina Lovell and Andrew Thomson, Warrnambool Standard – “A total fire ban has been declared for Sunday across the South West and Central districts of Victoria, including Melbourne and Geelong.
Relief centres have been opened:
Killara Centre at Camperdown
the Cobden Civic Hall
the Arc Stadium at Warrnambool
Port Campbell Surf Life Saving Club
Colac Otway Performing Arts & Cultural Centre”
FIBRE2FASHION – Courtesy: Barega Merino – “The depreciating price trend continued at Australian wool auction sales in the sale week ending March 16, although the rate of falls slowed considerably. During the sale week 37 of the current season, the Australian Wool Exchange – Eastern Market Indicator (AWEX EMI) fell by 27ac for the week and settled at a week ending figure of 1751ac/clean kg. “
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “SUPERFINE wool growers producing elite 1PP bales will be offered 20-45 percent premiums above auction market prices for equivalent micron spinner type wools in a contract released this week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN wool prices continued to fall this week, although lines with good strength and length results and broader Merino and crossbred lots were less-affected.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 16 March 2018 (Week 37)
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – Countryman – “A brilliant white and lustrous superfine Merino fleece, exhibited by Misty Hills stud, was chosen as grand champion exhibit at this year’s Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama.
It was the Kojonup-based stud co-principals Russell and Heather Meaton’s sixth top win over the many years they had entered the competition.
“The secret is in the even, sharp crimp and fibre alignment, which gives the fleece its brightness,” Mr Meaton said.”