THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “HARROW Merino breeder Wayne McClure just loves Merino wool.
“Always have and always will,” he said. And that love is finally putting a bit more back in his hip pocket.
Mr McClure sold about half his annual wool clip — 142 bales — from his 7000 Merino flock at the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne last week.
PERTH NOW – by Belinda Willis, The Advertiser – “FARM cash incomes are expected to fall for about half of Australia’s broadacre farms in 2017-18 with lower grain crops and beef cattle prices – but they’ll still be above average.
And the sheep industry would remain “a shining light”.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “SEARCHING for supply of 16 micron wool, 70 to 85mm length with fibre curvature of 70 degrees or more has become difficult and representatives from Italian miller Loro Piana are trying hard to reward producers of this traditional fibre type.”
BORNEO BULLETIN – “TRANGIE, Australia (AFP) – In a sweltering shed on an Australian farm near the rural town of Trangie, Emma Billet drags a nervous sheep from a waiting pen to her shearing station.
She is the only female in her crew of five shearers, but attitudes on Australian farms are changing and training approaches are encouraging a gender rethink, with more women entering the profession Down Under.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s wool exchange portal or WoolQ will go live with the launch of its eSpeci module next week, despite renewed criticism from the nation’s peak wool broker body.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will co-fund the Federal Government’s so-called independent review into the levy-funded body’s performance and governance, raising new concerns about the inquiry’s independence and intent.”
ABC NEWS – South West WA – by Anthony Pancia – “Australia’s agricultural sector took a $28 million hit at the hands of feral foxes last year with the wool and sheep meat industry particularly hard hit.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “SHEARING at six months and a three-month even-up lamb shearing had little affect on the prices Paul Shiner’s wool clip generated at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) last week.
Other than a cut of less than a kilogram per head from lambs shorn in January after a previous shearing in October, Mr Shiner, Pingrup, could see no downside this season from shortening his shearing intervals.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Lynette Carew-Reid – “THE crowd inspecting the sheep at Ted and Bev Hill’s West River clearing sale was virtually non-existent but values still reached a $178 high for a line of 278 rising three-year-old mated blue tag ewes.
The price equated to almost $50,000 (GST exc) for the pen making the five lines on offer easily the most valuable asset in the sale.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “RAPID development in genomic tools available to the sheep industry has seen Merino studs adopting the technology, contrary to popular belief, a new report claims.
With declining flock numbers and rapid acceptance of Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) in the past five years, it is now estimated studs registered with MerinoSelect are supplying 47 per cent of Merino sires for commercial flocks in Australia, the report claims.”