QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Hannah Powe – “GROUNDBREAKING research into the use of spider venom as a drug against parasitic worms, including Barber’s Pole in sheep, could be the new cure to many producers’ problems.
Gastrointestinal nematodes, including Barber’s pole worm, cost the Australian sheep industry over $435 million dollars each year having become resistant to drugs.”
STOCK & LAND – by Janine Elen – “*57 of 80 rams sold to $3750, av $1135
A strong local group of prospective buyers buoyed the well-attended Forest Springs Merino stud’s on-property ram sale, and presented great value buying for the discerning crowd.”
VOXY.CO.NZ – Contributor – Fuseworks Media – “It’s been a big night for the south at the opening shearing sports competition of the season with two dream wins at the New Zealand Merino Championhips in Alexandra..
Home-town heroine Pagan Karauria won the Open woolhandling title for a third time in four years, capping a weekend when she was presented with her Master Woolhandler award, and Invercargill shearer Nathan Stratford won the Open shearing final, for a fourth time.”
FARMING LIFE (UK) – “The Ulster Wool depot team grades tonnes of wool on a daily basis, ensuring farmers across Northern Ireland realise the true market value for their wool. Over 1.2 million kg of wool was sold last year on behalf of registered producers, and prices have continued to rise this season.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Murray Arnel – “Who said it was a badly conceived idea to conduct a sheep sale on a public holiday?
For the second consecutive year, Swan Hill agents have conducted another highly successful sale on the public holiday gazetted to celebrated for AFL Grand final.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “CHAFF carts are continually proving to be a winner for mixed farming enterprises according to Agpro Management director Ed Riggall.
Having sourced funding from Meat and Livestock Australia for a three year Producer Demonstration Site in the Great Southern, Mr Riggall said, after only one year into the project, that trials had proven again that sheep and cattle do better on the crop stubbles and chaff.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – by Tina Morrison – “New Zealand merino wool prices are being pushed up as drought in Australia prompt farmers across the Tasman to cull stock, reducing the amount of the fine premium wool available for sale.”
STOCK & LAND – “Another wool accreditation program has been launched to support the ethical growing of wool, this time by Australian Wool Network (AWN).
ZQ Merino Fibre, considered the world’s largest ethical wool brand, will now help put eligible Australian woolgrowers directly in touch with international brands such as Icebreaker and Helly Hansen, via their ethical wool supply chain path.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Australian wool auction prices declined this week due to the price resistance that has been simmering for a fortnight. All wool types and descriptions on offer were adversely affected to varying degrees, but it was the carding sector that was hardest hit, though all wools broader than 18.5 micron are coming off the strongest Spring levels seen.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN wool prices met stronger resistance from buyers this week, leading to general discounts of 50-90 cents a kilogram across all categories.”