THE EXAMINER – by Johanna Baker-Dowdell – “When photographer and wool classer Chantel McAlister visited Tasmania she did not know what to expect, but left the island state with firm plans to return next year.”
STOCK & LAND – by Leann Dax – “Prices continued higher across Victoria and NSW last week, where a limited offering of lambs and mutton dictated stronger markets and cemented a floor in rates.
Most yardings presented in the past few weeks have been a representation of medium weight lines, with heavy lambs and lighter weights in shorter supply.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stephen Burns – “Judge Greg Skeggs, Tasman Peninsular, Tasmania with champion Southdown ram paraded by Katie McCartney, Yentrac stud, Tatura. Mr Skeggs said “The champion ram handled well.” “He is a well muscled sheep, with good colour and not too dark, all good breed characteristics.””
Wool prices at a longtime high, should stay strong well into financial year: Rural Bank 2017 Australian Wool Annual Review
THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER – by Carolyn Millet – “A NEW report says wool prices are at a longtime high and should remain strong well into this financial year, particularly for fine to medium wool categories.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – “THE wool market has held firm in the last sale before a three-week recess across the nation…”
THE STANDARD – “Wool prices have risen to highs not seen in Australia in decades due to growing export demand and limited supply, the Rural Bank says.
The bank’s 2017 Australian Wool Annual Review said stronger demand from processors and reduced supply saw the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) rise by 10 per cent to 1507 cents a kilogram in the first half of 2017, while the 17 micron price guide rose 45 per cent over the past 12 months.”
THE STANDARD – “One of the sheep industry’s most popular extension and adoption programs, It’s Ewe Time, will hold a forum in Hamilton on August 31.
The forums aim to increase producer awareness of the principles, practices and tools of sheep enterprise profitability and productivity.”
THE RURAL – by Marty Moses – “WOOL auction places fell by 2c/kg to settle at 1522c/kg.
Moses and Son principal, Marty Moses said 46,464 bales were met with keen interest with the Merino fleece types attracting great support by the exporters.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “THIS week’s photo depicts the end of 30 years of farming at “Birrabindi” for Barry and Yvonne Stuart, who came from a mining background at Wollongong and worked a small property near Laggan before being full time producers at Gresham.”
CORNISH & DEVON POST – “WITH less than a week until New Zealand shearer, Rowland Smith, challenges the ‘Eight Hour Ewe World Shearing Record’ at Trefranck Farm, St Clether, he is now all set to take to the stage both in terms of skill and physical fitness.”