SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that the predominantly short second shear offering from the North Island saw the shears ease, with oddments and the limited offering of longer shears and fleece wools dropping significantly. Of the 9300 bales on offer 74 percent sold.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “The Australian Sheep & Wool Show (ASWS) was worth nearly $5 million to the City of Greater Bendigo, according to the local authority’s senior management.”
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Laura Griffin – “Their love for the breed and a drive to continue a family legacy and protect biodiversity sees Margaret and Colin Chapman continue the oldest ongoing Dorset Down sheep stud in Australia.
The stud, Woodhall, is named after Margaret’s family farm at Richmond Plains where the stud was founded.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – “Opportunities to scour wool in Malaysia have changed the landscape for local exporters and, importantly, increased wool competition for WA growers.
Since the closure of the last WA wool scourer in 2009, scoured wool sales by WA exporters have had to be sent to Victoria for scouring before shipment, making it difficult for them to compete with exporters in the Eastern States.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook – “A new report shows that the export value of wool from December to January dropped by 25 percent, and in the past six months it has fallen 10 percent. The figures show the extent of the damage that high exchange rates, Brexit and Donald Trump’s election have had on wool exports.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Rueben Hale – “A chippy from a Williams sheep farm has been constructing a niche business off the resurgence in the wool market.
Chad Lavender has gained work totalling more than $1 million restoring old shearing sheds through word of mouth and after placing an advertisement in Countryman three weeks ago.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Rueben Hale – “Wyalkatchem producer Steve Gamble says he expects wool prices to remain firm as he markets his first batch of wool for the season.
Mr Gamble, who was named WAMMCO’s producer of the month in March, had shorn about 400 of his Dohne lambs last week.
The mixed enterprise 7000ha farm had about 18mm of rain for the season after 120mm of encouraging summer rains.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Rueben Hale – “Koorda farmer Reece Boyne and his family have started offloading sheep, as dry conditions continue.
Mr Boyne, who farms with his wife Gina, parents Richard and Fran and uncle Peter, recently turned off about 700 newly shorn weaners, leaving 1600 Dohne breeders and a lacklustre crop well below the 8000ha achieved last year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Xavier Duff – “A NEW record price for Riverina farmland has been set with the sale of Ramsay station, at Booroorban, for $3.02 million.
The 4038ha property, 50km south of Hay, has been in the Porter family for more than 150 years and the sale included a 1060Ml opportunistic water licence and 47Ml of high security stock water from the Murrumbidgee system.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S peak sheep meat body has re-iterated its “established” policy that mulesing be phased out as soon as practical, after its producers were recently told they were “very exposed” on the issue.”