SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices generally softened further this week, and especially for fine Merino clips, as retail demand traditionally slowed with the advent of the Northern Hemisphere, Australian Wool Innovation said.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “The softening of price levels at Australian wool auction markets continued into the week ending June 2. The northern hemisphere, particularly China, have hit the traditionally slow retail demand period of early summer, and it appears that the finest merino types have taken the brunt of that slow down. Merino Wool’s 19.5 micron and finer were most affected.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 2 June 2017 (Week 48)
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul – “HAS there ever been a better time to be involved in the sheep and wool industry?
The wool market has held steady and moved slowly upwards over the past two years while the sheep and lamb markets have followed a similar trend.
As a result producers are showing they have plenty of confidence in the industry by not only growing their flocks but also improving their infrastructures.”
FARM IRELAND – by Louise Hogan – ” A swift change in fashion tastes in China, one of the world’s major textile buyers, is being blamed as wool prices to farmers have halved to 60c/kg.
Farmers have been left at a loss with shearing this season, with wool prices failing to cover the €2-3 average ewe shearing cost.
Irish wool buyers have reported a sharp drop in interest in the Chinese marketplace, with some Asian buyers reneging on contracts to buy Irish produce.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “JIM Renkin reckons it is a “great time to be a farmer”.
Mr Renkin, wife Liz and their family are livestock producers at Swanpool, in Victoria’s North East.
Just last month, they topped the Barnawartha cattle market with a truckload of nine-month-old vealers.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “RADIO Frequency Identification of wool bales will be trialled in Western Australia next year.
The Australian Wool Exchange will scope how its e-Bale project, which it has been researching since 2013, will work in a trial of 150,000 tags.
E-Bale tags operate on ultra-high frequency, are 75mm by 25mm in size, 2mm thick, and can be read from two metres, even after the bales have been pressed into a tri-pak for export.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “DIFFERENCES in economic returns from specific sheep were highlighted to students at the National Merino Challenge at the weekend.
NMC steering committee member and Merino seedstock producer Sydney Lawrie said all producers, both new and experienced, could learn something from measuring their flock.”
Kardinia Dohne Stud principals Don and Karen Mills look forward to opening their Coreen operation for Stock and Land Sheep Week
THE BORDER MAIL – by John Chanter – “Kardinia Dohne Stud principals Don and Karen Mills look forward to opening their Coreen operation for the inaugural Stock and Land Sheep Week.
Mrs Mills said it was a great opportunity to showcase the stud and commercial Dohne flocks, as the South African breed continues to grow across Australia.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Chantel McAlister regards herself as the perfect example of how perceptions of the wool industry can be changed.
While lobby groups, shearers and wool growers gathered in Adelaide to air concerns about drug use in the wool industry last week, Ms McAlister was using her camera to tell a different story.”