HERALD LIVE – by Riaan Marais – “Eastern Cape sheep farmers are still counting their losses after cold and rain swept across the north of the province, killing thousands of sheep.
Farmers in and around Barkly East – still reeling after runaway fires devastated the region last month – have been hit by temperatures well below freezing, coupled with rain and snow, causing massive damage to herds where wool producers sheared their sheep earlier this month.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Mike Avery, Southern Aurora markets – “FORWARD wool markets traded strongly this week, buoyed by continued strength in Australia’s physical auctions.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MERINO wool prices surged in Australian auction rooms this week, while most crossbred type rates fell.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “The easy openness of Kiwi farmers and their potential to attach stories to meat, wool and other farm products is finding wide appeal among tech leaders in Silicon Valley.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AFTER a decade-long battle to claw back from $96 million in debt, Graziers’ Investment Company (GIC) has entered into a Members Voluntary Liquidation, marking the end of the historic era of the industry’s failed reserved price scheme.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “DIVERSIFYING into Merinos and wool is a radical move for a young cattleman.
Joe Dewar, 28, who farms with his father Frank at Lime Peaks Grazing, Guilderton, has done that this year – not by dipping his toe in the water to test the temperature, but by jumping in the deep end.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE season may be shot in parts of NSW, but strong prices and good forward planning is helping livestock producers see it through. Dugald McKay, a sheep and wool producer between Henty and Cookardinia in the Riverina, said the season was hanging in but all signs were pointing toward weather similar to the mid-2000s.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webter – “SOME of the best blade shearers in the world are coming to the Boort Show to compete on Saturday.
But they could be upstaged by a bloke about to turn 85.
Bob Rollinson, principal of Concordia Merino stud, at Mysia in Central Victoria, said he would consider bending his back to shear a sheep on the day — but only at the right price.”
THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER – by Stephanie van Eyk – “As shearing draws to a close across the Northern Tablelands wool quality and yields are up along with the superfine wool market.
Last week’s rain may have interrupted the tail end of shearing, but no-one was complaining as substantial falls broke a two-month long dry spell.
“Most of the wool is looking exceptional,” Australian Wool Network NSW stud stock manager and northern wool representative John Croake said.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Kaitlyn Offer – “Chinese wool merchants who thought they were buying tens of thousands of dollars worth of fine Merino wool have been sent low-grade scraps in a scam out of Melbourne’s docks.
Victoria Police believe the switch occurred between May and June, but were only alerted three weeks ago when local stakeholders got complaints from a Chinese mill.
“What was purchased was fine Merino wool and that’s probably worth between $10 to $12 a kilo and what turned up in China at the wool mills was probably worth 20c to 50c a kilo,” Detective Inspector Jamie Templeton said.”