THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “FOR Rick and Jenny Keogh, the first hint something was up came about 12 years ago.
“We just noticed our lambing rates getting lower and lower,” Rick said.
At the time the Keoghs’ 13,152ha Amaroo Station, about 120km south of Blackall in western Queensland, was considered prime Merino sheep country, with lambing percentages within their 5000-head flock of 90,100 and even 120 not uncommon in good years.”
SUNRAYSIA DAILY – by Tyrone Dalton – “The double box wool press was used to compact wool in a shearing shed after a wool classer had looked through the fleece’s fibres to grade its staple strength and will this month be a part of the exhibit displaying the works of feature manufacturer Ronaldson Bros and Tippet.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS BUSINESS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – ” Wool Market Loses Further Ground
New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that today’s market was down due to a combination of slower demand and a slightly stronger New Zealand dollar.”
STOCK & LAND – by Jeanette Severs – “Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) had been quantified by the Australian Bureau of Agricultural Resources and Economics to cost Australia’s livestock businesses $50 billion over 10 years.”
BUSINESS SCOOP – edited by Jonathan Underhill & Patrick Smellie – Press Release – New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that today’s market was down due to a combination of slower demand and a slightly stronger New Zealand dollar.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “July to September rainfall is likely to be below average over southwest WA and southeast Australia, according to the latest climate outlook statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology today.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S sheep, lamb and wool producers are the nation’s keenest to form collaborations, according to the Farming Together program.”
KNITTING INDUSTRY – “The Woolmark Company will showcase the latest edition of The Wool Lab, which presents a collection of the latest commercially available wool fabrics and yarns, at Pitti Filati, which is taking place in Florence, this week. The Wool Lab AW18/19 is being brought to life at Pitti Filati via a fashion show staged by Creative Knitwear Design Masters students in partnership with Accademia Costume & Moda along with Modateca Deanna.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Despite widespread belief the estimated savings are not what they are cracked up to be, wool exporters and processors are “cautiously” supporting Australian Wool Innovation’s digitalisation of the wool market.
Following meetings by the Australian Council of Wool Exporters and Processors (ACWEP), president Chris Kelly, Australian Merino Exports, said the $38 million lauded in consolidated savings over the first 15 years was “bemusing”.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “INDUSTRY acceptance of new shearing technology has been hindered by a lack of funding and the workforce.
Tarcutta, NSW, wool producer Grant Burbridge has developed a stand-up shearing platform, which he describes as a wool harvesting system.
Mr Burbridge said while shearing platforms have been around since 1940, they have all failed because developers tried to train existing shearers.”