STOCK & LAND – “A CROWD of potential buyers were on hand to look at the offerings at 17 studs went on display at the Eyre Peninsula Stud Merino and Poll Merino Pre-Sale Expo at the Wudinna Showground.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “The last wool sale of a tough season ended on a less than memorable note at the Christchurch wool sale last week.
China imports about half the volume of wool from New Zealand and the decline in interest is mainly from a fashion swing towards finer, softer and lighter merino wools.
Lower prices have got to the stage that wool agents believe interior textile products made from crossbred wools require urgent innovation and promotion to avoid further market loss to synthetic fibres. The market fade has not been assisted by a rising dollar against the United States currency.”
NZ FARMER – by Ike Williams – “OPINION: I attended the Beef and Lamb sheep breeders forum in Napier recently. It’s a conference where growers listen to various talks from scientists as to where we are heading with genetic tools for breeding. You meet and discuss a lot of issues with the experts and growers alike.
While I learned a lot, I came away uncomfortable about our future as breeders of sheep.
One central theme was genomics, a DNA sample that will provide more accurate breeding values than those we get from Sheep Improvement Limited (SIL) via our phenotypic recording. One scientist said if you are not genomically testing all your progeny then you shouldn’t be breeding sheep.”
STOCK & LAND – “For the past three years Eyre Peninsula based Lawral Park Prime SAMM stud has,made the 1400 kilometre trek to the Australian Sheep & Wool Show at Bendigo and stud principal Campbell Lawrie said it is well worth it.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “An excellent season has set up last year’s Australian Sheep & Wool Show Merino champion breeders up for another good showing in 2017.
Rock-Bank, Victorian Valley, took out Victorian-bred ram and grand champion Poll Merino Ram of the show.”
XINHUANET – “CANBERRA, July 3 (Xinhua) — Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on Monday expressed confidence that Australia and the European Union (EU) can quickly reach a free trade agreement (FTA) post-Brexit.
Speaking to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio on Monday, Joyce said he had attended both formal and informal meetings with the EU’s trade commissioner Phil Hogan this week, discussing the details of a food and agriculture FTA between the EU and Australia in coming years.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – “BUOYANT wool prices have benefitted a charity to the tune of nearly $13,000, thanks to a partnership between Australian Wool Network (AWN) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
Every year since 2004 AWN has selected a number of bales to be auctioned in the final week of the selling season and the proceeds from these are donated to the charity which helps those in rural and remote areas.”
IOWA FARMER TODAY – by Jeff DeYoung – “Randall Vos says optimism is high in Iowa’s sheep industry.
Vos, who runs a 100-ewe commercial flock near Pella, serves on the board of directors of the Iowa Sheep Industry Association. He says strong lamb prices have helped fuel thoughts of expansion.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “QUEENSLAND sheep producers will get advice on feeding to fertility and applying cost-benefit analyses in a free webinar on Wednesday July 5.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “LAMB survival impacts of supplementing pregnant ewes with calcium and magnesium will be outlined at the annual Graham Centre Sheep Forum this week.”