STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “OVERWHELMING interest in the second annual Sheep Week event has led to the event expanding from five to nine days.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Kim Woods – “WOOL, carcase and fertility traits in Merinos will be under the spotlight at a Merinolink Merino Lifetime Productivity Project field day at Temora next week.”
PERTH NOW – by Lisa Martin – AAP – “Malcolm Turnbull has hit out at those who accused him of pursuing a “vanity project” ahead of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact’s signing in Chile.
The deal had been on life support after the United States’ withdrawal, but was resuscitated in January following lobbying from Japan and Australia.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – Countryman – “Australian wool is yet again in record territory with the benchmark indicator reaching a high of 1834c/kg on the first selling day of last week.
The Australian Wool Exchange reported the value of the wool sold was $83 million ($2013 per bale) taking the season total to $2.3 billion.
Closing the week at 1830c/kg, the Eastern Market Indicator easily surpassed the previous week’s record price of 1822c/kg, while the Western Market Indicator set a new record price of 1905c/kg, up 10c/kg on the previous week.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – Countryman – “Australian Wool Innovation chief executive Stuart McCullough says his $69,000 taxpayer-funded trip to the US for a leadership course in 2013 was part of the board’s strategy to keep him in the top job.
Speaking at the WAFarmers Vitality 2018 conference in Perth last week, Mr McCullough used his address to highlight AWI’s wool marketing efforts.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Rueben hale and Bob Garnant – Countryman – “WA sheep producers have called for the return of a dedicated stock squad to help combat a spate of livestock thefts in WA.
It comes as the Willemenup Poll Merino stud became the latest victim of stock theft, with a reported loss of more than $60,000 from the Gnowangerup farm within the last week.”
SBS NEWS – “Eleven Pacific countries are set to sign the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact, pushing ahead without the United States.”
THE GUARDIAN – by Amy McNeilage – “The price of wool has reached an historic high after decades of poor returns and Australian woolgrowers are saying the market is stronger than it has been in 30 years.
The price signal, the eastern market indicator, reached a record $18.30 per kilogram this month, double where it was eight years ago. The hike has been driven by strong demand from China and European fashion houses, as well as growing interest from shoe and sportswear companies in the US.”
STOCK & LAND – by Leann Dax – “Buoyant sheep meat and phenomenal wool prices are rewarding producers considerably. The eastern states sheep indicator closed on Friday at 420c carcass weight, while the wool indicator closed last week at 1820c/kg.”
STOCK & LAND – “The Victorian agricultural industry is facing a labour crisis, which will be further exacerbated by Labor’s licence scheme. The VFF won’t shy away from the complexities of the labour issue, nor will we pretend there aren’t problems. However, a poorly thought out piece of legislation is being rushed through State Parliament without consideration to the red tape and costs it will impose across the agricultural sector.”