THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “A LIFETIME of focusing on quality is evident in the bright white wool clip of Stockton Merino stud near Bairnsdale.
Stud principal Allan Stewart bought the property, 10km east of Bairnsdale, from his grandfather in the 1970s and with wife Judy now runs 1000 Merinos on 283 hectares, alongside grazing wheat, barley, lupins and a bit of triticale.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “Farmers will be hoping crossbred wool prices have finally bottomed out after a turn in the market as some finer wools approached record values at the Christchurch wool sale on Thursday.
Crossbred wool lifted 5 to 7 per cent after a long run of low prices. Despite the lift, wools coarser than 34 microns continue to lack sustainability.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “Such is the demand for the Gippsland Merino Breeders’ rams, that the group will offer almost 20 more lots at their annual sale next month.
The group’s secretary Mal Nicholls, Elders Bairnsdale, said it was a credit to the breeders to offer more rams so that everyone would be able to buy the rams they want for their ewes.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Jennacubbine farmer and university lecturer Catherine Bowen plans to nominate for a director’s position on the board of Australian Wool Innovation.
The fourth-generation farmer, academic and businesswoman, who runs a mixed farming enterprise with her husband, Joe, is a mother of four and has been on the Royal Agricultural Society board since 2014.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Reuben Hale – “For Merino stud breeder and Nyabing sheep producer Scott Crosby, a winning breeding formula is all in the showing.
The Crosby family, who own St Quentin stud, will admit they have had a better year than most farmers after planting a better than average 5000ha crop and producing almost 5000 lambs in the past 12 months.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “The Australian wool market resumed after its winter recess with a strong lift in prices, including a 36 cents/kg hike for the Western Market Indicator to 1606 cents/kg clean at last week’s Fremantle sale.”
THE FLINDERS NEWS – by Mel Kitschke – “Baderloo Poll Merino stud’s first on-farm auction was a huge success, with a top price of $3400 and average of $2650 for the five rams sold.
Stud principals Daniel, Demelza and Ann Hammat were rapt with the attention created by the Helmsman style auction of their six top sale rams held as an addition to their annual on-property inspection day.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “THE wool forward market opened with renewed interest from the bid side this week, with an offer sweep across the board ahead of the auction opening.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MELBOURNE label BLAIRARCHIBALD has won the menswear section of the 2017/18 International Woolmark Prize Australia and New Zealand regional final at an awards event in Sydney.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “AUSTRALIA’S wool market benchmark price rose 12 per cent in 2016-17, to average about 1400c/kg.
And the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences predicts the Eastern Market Indicator will rise another 3 per cent this financial year, to average 1445c/kg.”