COOLUM NEWS – “AFTER years of working in shearing sheds, a Tasmanian woolhandler has been rewarded with the national champion crown.
More than 2000 sheep passed across the boards during this year’s national shearing and woolhandling championships, held as part of the Bendigo Agricultural Show.
Mel Morris, from Cressy, proved she was a cut above her competition in the woolhandling.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “Prices for fine wool are on a high, in complete contrast to those for coarse crossbred wool which make up 90 per cent of New Zealand’s clip.
PGG Wrightson South Island sales manager Dave Burridge said the present demand for merino fine wool harked back to the 1990s period of “micron madness”, when it was then wanted for high-end suits.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Continuing to add to its record high, the Eastern Market Indicator reached 1,681c/kg, gaining 58 cents in last week’s market.
All micron indicators rallied strongly with one indicator in the South rising 125 cents in the two days of selling. In the North, the 17 micron indicator gained 34 cents to finish the week at 2,488c/kg, 19 micron found 37 cents to settle at 2,005c/kg and the 21 indicator gained 37 cents to reach 1,645c/kg.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by Bradley Jurd – “The Central West wool industry is reaping the benefits of surging demands, as wool in Australia traded for a record high of 1681 cents per clean kilogram in on Friday.”
THE NARACOORTE HERALD – by Amy Maynard – “Some of the world’s best blade shearers made a visit to Naracoorte on Saturday, to demonstrate their skill and expertise.
Alan Oldfield (New Zealand), Danny Wilson (United Kingdom) and Richie Foster (Apsley, Victoria) showed the crowd at the Sheep’s Back Museum how to get wool off a sheep using blades rather than machine clippers.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Shepparton News – “Victoria’s food and fibre exports have topped $12.8billion, the highest total in the state’s history, a new report has revealed.
Released last month, the Food and Fibre Export Performance Report 2016-17 shows a six per cent growth in exports, adding $720million in value, as Victoria continues to lead Australia’s exports in a number of industries despite slowing growth.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WESTERN Victorian lamb producer Gordon Mitchell wasn’t the youngest buyer at Edenhope’s Ruralco annual first cross ewe sale last week, but he was quick enough to pay a record price of $302 for the best pen of 1.5 year-olds.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL growers in three states have claimed they had not received their Australian Wool Innovation election voting papers with only days before the 2017 poll closes.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A NEW online Lifetime Ewe Management hub and website, and the launch of the new android app highlight the latest opportunities for sheep producers accessing the popular course.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers will be able to order subsidised ear tags of any colour in 2018.”