SHEEP CENTRAL – “July to September rainfall is likely to be below average over southwest WA and southeast Australia, according to the latest climate outlook statement released by the Bureau of Meteorology today.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S sheep, lamb and wool producers are the nation’s keenest to form collaborations, according to the Farming Together program.”
KNITTING INDUSTRY – “The Woolmark Company will showcase the latest edition of The Wool Lab, which presents a collection of the latest commercially available wool fabrics and yarns, at Pitti Filati, which is taking place in Florence, this week. The Wool Lab AW18/19 is being brought to life at Pitti Filati via a fashion show staged by Creative Knitwear Design Masters students in partnership with Accademia Costume & Moda along with Modateca Deanna.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Despite widespread belief the estimated savings are not what they are cracked up to be, wool exporters and processors are “cautiously” supporting Australian Wool Innovation’s digitalisation of the wool market.
Following meetings by the Australian Council of Wool Exporters and Processors (ACWEP), president Chris Kelly, Australian Merino Exports, said the $38 million lauded in consolidated savings over the first 15 years was “bemusing”.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “INDUSTRY acceptance of new shearing technology has been hindered by a lack of funding and the workforce.
Tarcutta, NSW, wool producer Grant Burbridge has developed a stand-up shearing platform, which he describes as a wool harvesting system.
Mr Burbridge said while shearing platforms have been around since 1940, they have all failed because developers tried to train existing shearers.”
THE RURAL – “Research at the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation is investigating if adding calcium and magnesium to the diets of pregnant ewes can boost lamb survival.
The Charles Sturt University (CSU) project, funded by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), will be outlined at the Graham Centre’s sheep forum on Friday, July 7.”
BERKS COUNTRY (UK) – by Lisa Scheid – “Pity Ron McGettigan’s black texel sheep; they won’t pay much for her wool, but she’s still valuable as meat.
McGettigan brought four bags of wool to the Berks County wool pool Saturday, three white and a small black bag, produced by his flock of 60 sheep in Penn Township.
The pool draws sheep farmers from as far away as Maryland, said Roger Bowman, president of the Berks County Sheep and Wool Growers Association. It enables folks with small flocks to band together to sell their fleeces to a large distributor, Groenewold Fur & Wool, which sends a truck from Illinois. In the wool world, quality rests on breeds, location and care.”
FARMING UK – “30-year-old New Zealander Rowland Smith is preparing to take on the ‘Eight Hour Ewe World Shearing Record’ next month in the UK.
Rowland’s record attempt will take place at Trefranck Farm, St Clether in Cornwall, on Monday 24th July.
Whilst world record attempts are never guaranteed to be successful, a track record like Rowland’s certainly stands him in good stead.”
FARMING AHEAD – by David Cussons – “THE GROSS value of Australian farm production is forecast to drop in 2017/18, but will remain higher than the five-year average, according to the latest data from Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).”
FARMING AHEAD – by mark Saunders – “SHEEP and lamb producers have been urged to stay focussed at the annual Best Wool Best Lamb conference in Bendigo, Victoria today. Best Wool Best Lamb chair Jason Trompf urged producers to not rest on their laurels as prices for wool and sheepmeat have been at heightened levels in recent months.”