THE SCIENTIST – by Catherine Offord – “Hairs curl because the cells on one side of the strand are longer than the cells on the other, at least in merino sheep, according to a study published today (March 23) in the Journal of Experimental Biology. The findings don’t fit neatly into either of the two leading theories for how curliness arises—namely, that there are more cells on one side than another, or that the two main cell types making up hair differ consistently in length and are distributed unevenly.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “TWO Wickepin woolgrowers with different shearing programs came away from the Western Wool Centre (WWC) two weeks ago with similar results.
Brett Doncon, Eastville Merino and Poll Merino studs, who shears once a year, and Brent Bennier, who is in the second year of transitioning to eight-month shearing intervals, were both very happy with prices about 350 cents a kilogram clean or more above what they would have received for their wool last year.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – COUNTRYMAN – by Bob Garnant – “Australian Wool Innovation trade consultant Scott Carmody has denied the hype that higher wool prices are supply driven, saying the rising market is the result of a new surge in demand.
Speaking at the Stud Merino Breeders Association of WA’s annual meeting in Perth last week, Mr Carmody said this increase in consumption of Australian wool was derived from growing incomes in key wool consuming countries.”
NZ FARMER – Rural Reporters – “Wool buyers had a strong incentive to lift their bids at the Christchurch wool sale.
A smaller offering combined with a lower dollar was the spur for buyers becoming more active to secure wool for orders on Thursday . A good growing season in many regions has resulted in most wool types coming forward at this time of the season in good order.”
CHINCHILLA NEWS – by Alexia Austin – “MITCHELL merino stud breeder Felicity Brumpton has returned from a tour of China with a wealth of wool knowledge.
Ms Brumpton was one of 12 young wool growers selected from across Australia to attend AWI’s international tour, focused on educating the students on the journey wool takes once exported.”
NZ HERALD – THE COUNTRY – ” There is some light at the end of the tunnel for New Zealand’s beleaguered strong wool industry.
Australian-based Rabobank commodity analyst Georgia Twomey spoke to The Country’s Jamie Mackay and predicted strong crossbred wool won’t be in the doldrums forever.
Prices have steadily declined since strong imports of crossbred wool into China in 2012 – 2015 says Twomey.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Countryman’s photographic and editorial coverage of last year’s Wagin Woolorama has been rated top notch at the event’s Glenys Gmeiner Media Awards.
Wool and livestock reporter Bob Garnant won best media photograph with his picture of a Woolkabin Elliot ram, which won supreme exhibit of last year’s Woolorama Merino sheep section.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) has moved to enhance shearing shed safety after recent accidents including a woman being scalped on a property in central-west NSW late last year.”
COUNTRY NEWS – by Alana Christensen – “The wool industry may be experiencing record high prices and an abundance of wool, but a shortage of shearers is continuing to put pressure on the industry.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data from 2016, Australia has just 2482 shearers, with numbers declining 13 per cent since 2011.”
THE ESPERANCE EXPRESS – by Jesinta Burton – “Fourteen kilograms of freshly-shorn Merino wool from Scaddan has found its way on board a flight to Sydney, destined for Australian cricketers.
The wool came from Dave and Katherine Vandenberghe’s Merino flock, with most of it set to be part of the Australian Wool Innovation headquarters’ ‘Flock to Baggy Green’ project.”