GT GEORGIA TODAY – The ISET Economist, a blog about economics in Georgia and the South Caucasus by the International School of Economics at TSU (ISET) – by Rati Kochlamazashvili and Pati mamardashvili – “Back in 2014, Georgia and the European Union (EU) signed an Association Agreement, which included the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the EU and Georgia. While this agreement creates new opportunities for Georgia’s agricultural exports, high food safety standards in the EU market make it difficult to fully utilize these opportunities. This is particularly true for products of animal origin, which are subject to strict regulations. The necessary standards were successfully met last year for Georgian wool (fleece), and it became the first animal product to be exported from Georgia to the United Kingdom market (which is still a member of EU – for now)…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “WOOL growers seeking cover for next year’s clip should be heartened to see the 21 micron forwards market trade at 1350 cents into September 2018 this morning.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week starting 3/7/2017
With an increase of over 14,000 bales offered nationally last week, the Eastern Market Indicator softened by 26 cents to conclude at 1,507c/kg. Wednesday’s selling saw the majority of the microns fall, while Thursday saw most microns stabilize and some even firm towards the end of the day.”
DARLINGTON & STOCKTON TIMES – by Mike Bridgen – “IAN Brooksbank, head grader with the British Wool Board, has been presented with the Frank Williams Trophy for his outstanding work for the Cotswold Sheep Society.
He was nominated by members for his contribution to the society through educational talks, regular judging and helpful feedback.”
PORT LINCOLN TIMES – by Sophie Dolling – “Teenagers are coming from all over South Australia to become better farmers at Cleve Area School.
Cleve Area School offers hands-on learning for future dryland farmers at the 400-hectare Sims Farm.
SA’s largest school farm, Sims Farm, was bequeathed to the Department of Education by long-time local farmer Gordon Sims.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Beale – “CONSUMER pressure for Australian sheep producers to abandon the mulesing procedure has infiltrated the red meat industry.
The surgical practice was identified as the number one threat facing the sheep industry by a crisis management company employed by the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – Interior textile products made from crossbred wool require urgent innovation and promotion to avoid further market loss to synthetic fibres, PGG Wrightson Wool says.
The comments followed the last wool sale of the season in Christchurch, which had a ”very disappointing end”. Lamb’s wool was most affected.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “A faster and more accurate DNA test for parentage and poll status will be available to sheep breeders from next month.
The latest version of the DNA Parentage and Poll test will also be able to detect a range of genetic defects.
Previously tests were delivered using a 180 SNP panel.
According to the Sheep CRC, while that provided reliable predictions of parentage and the horn-poll trait, it had limitations when there were a number of closely related rams in use in a breeding program.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “THE combination of a stronger dollar and price resistance from overseas forced the market to slip back a little this week. As expected the market was around 30c cheaper (AWEX’s eastern market indicator closed on 1507c, down 26c), although the movement in US dollar terms was far less with a drop of only 4c leaving the market still facing some price resistance in overseas markets.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “The crossbred wool industry is in crisis, says PGG Wrightson’s South Island wool sales manager, David Burridge.
“It has gone from riches to rags in 12 months,” he said.
Although fine wool is doing well, bales of poorly prepared crossbred wool are sitting in warehouses with no buyers in sight. He said crossbred wool made up about 85% of New Zealand wool sales in terms of volume.Although there was still a market, it was at a “very low level”.”