FARM WEEKLY – “THE boost in wool prices and a buoyant lamb and shipper market have rewarded Gnowangerup producer Gavin Lamont’s long-term family reliance on Merinos and Poll Dorsets.
The family was WAMMCO’s Producer of the Month for November, with 96.4 per cent of a line of 137 lambs achieving the co-operative’s performance premium.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “The January to March rainfall outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning shows parts of eastern and western Australia are likely to have a wetter than average three months.”
CHIINCHILLA NEWS – by Jessica Schremmer – “CHRISTMAS presents came early for wool growers in Australia, with wool prices hitting record highs last week.
After tough years of drought and wild dog attacks, wool growers and stud breeders – especially in southwest Queensland – have reason to celebrate the end of year, with a positive outlook for next year.
The Eastern Market Indicator published by the Australian Wool Exchange reported record high prices in these past months, with last week breaking the record for the 12th time of the season, closing at 1765ac/kg.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “A collaborative effort between all sectors involved in the shearing industry is what’s needed to address ongoing instances of cruelty in the sheds, according to a woolclasser who is on a mission to broaden the understanding of what she describes as the “beautiful raw glory” of wool.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) has announced its annual Call for Proposals for on-farm and off-farm research and development (R&D) projects.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “Bill Chandler’s faith in the wool industry in western Queensland is finally being repaid after years of financial outlays protecting his flock and keeping it alive, and he’s pretty happy about it.
When Bungy Ross’s shearing team pulled into gear at Hillalong, east of Barcaldine, on Monday morning, Bill, his daughter Annabell and their right-hand man, Liam Balderson, were busy yarding up some of the 4000 ewes that have remained their nucleus through a number of tough years.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – ” “Rattle your dags” – that might be the call to Kiwi merino farmers following the news that the dags of the fine wool sheep are generating three times the price of quality strong wool fleece.
Higher quality regular fibre is selling up to a 700 per cent premium over coarse wool. The contrast could not be greater with the prices of coarse wool fleeces tumbling over the past 12 months, and a lot of wool not being sold has been put into storage until the industry picks up again. “
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release Shearing Sports New Zealand – “Two shearing record bid in January
The first modern-era women’s ewe shearing record bid and an attempt on a record set by New Zealand champion Rowland Smith in England in July have been confirmed for early next month…”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “‘TIS the silly season according to some and one can only hope that the activity in the wool auctions for the week does not prove to be such a folly.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Only a year into breeding his own Merino flock, Jack Briscoe has been able to fast track genetic progress by using the Sheep CRC’s DNA Flock Profile Test.”