ABC NEWS – by Liv Casben – “A national shortage of shearers has prompted the wool industry to take action and work out new ways to attract young guns.
The Australian wool industry is now funding a series of meetings to address the problem of declining shearer numbers as wool hits record high prices of about $2,000 per bale.
What they are finding is that young Aussies are not attracted to the hard yakka job — conditions in the sheds are difficult and in some cases unsafe — and recruiting more migrant workers may be the most viable.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WORTHY wool industry workers are being sought for the second round of Australian Wool Industry Medal nominations.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL growers, brokers, designers and Australia’s Minister for Agriculture gathered to celebrate a domestic wool marketing success story in Melbourne last week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “VICTORIA’S peak sheep and wool farmer body wants Ovine Johne’s Disease management deregulated nationally, including in South Australia.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A monsoon trough and lingering surface trough near Cairns produced very heavy falls and flooding about the north tropical Queensland coast. A weak low pressure system located over the southern Gulf of Carpentaria produced moderate to heavy falls across northwestern Queensland and in the Northern Territory.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield and James Wagstaff – “A STRONGER Australian dollar and a drop in the quality of offerings have combined to take the edge off wool prices.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator last week shed 52c/kg, or 3 per cent, to 1778c/kg, after hitting a record 1830c/kg the previous week.
But market analysts say it wasn’t all bad news with strong and crossbred wool, testing 26 micron-plus, all lifting. With the rise in the Australian dollar to US79c, the EMI in US dollar terms only fell half as much.”
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BOMBALA TIMES – by Stephen Burns and Vernon Graham – “Long-stapled fleeces are now the norm among many flocks and the extra length grown during a 12-month period has prompted some growers to consider an eight-month shearing and, in some cases, a six-month shearing is being used by some.”
NZ FARMER – Rural Reporters – “Wool prices were mostly firm for a large offering dominated by crossbred adult fleece at the Christchurch wool sale yesterday.
Lambs’ wool finer than 30.5 microns continued to attract strong demand.
Crossbred fleece 31 to 35 microns was unchanged from the last sale on February 22. Fleece 35 microns and stronger was up 1-3 per cent with better style types most affected.”
THE ARMIDALE EXPRESS – “The largest aerial baiting program the Northern Tablelands has seen will be launched soon in a bid to reduce attacks on livestock and protect native fauna, by targeting wild dogs.”