SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “A HUMBLE son of Australia’s outback wool industry is the nation’s top young broker for 2017. Elders Walgett district wool manager Brett Smith was presented with the prestigious 2017 National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia Wool Broker Award at the 2017 Wool Week dinner in Melbourne last Friday night.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Stephen Burns – “Returning to the family property is never a forgone conclusion for the younger generation, but the pull can be strong, especially for a family which has had an unbroken connection with the land and Merino sheep for 150 years.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Scanned in lamb crossbred ewe lambs made to $240, and those unjoined to $212 a head amid a subdued inquiry for store sheep at Wycheproof on Friday.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – “PRESENTERS with a lifetime of experience introduced a new generation to the wool industry at a recent event.
The junior judging competition at the Bathurst Merino Association Bathurst Ram Expo featured commercial woolgrowers explaining the techniques they have used to keep their businesses afloat in challenging economic times.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gil – “WITH sales generating $10.5 million on a small offering at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) last week, record prices were set for 19.5 through to 22 micron wools as WA emerged as the national market leader for broader wools.”
FARM IRELAND – by Anne Campbell – ”
Sheep Shearer Mark McGeown from Ravensdale smashed the nine hour lamb shearing record at an event in Louth recently.
The Argus reports that the Ravensdale dad smashed record, set at 617 by Roy Collier from Wexford, at the Convoy to Cooley extravaganza on Sunday, by shearing 669 lambs.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “THERE was a bit of a reality check for the wool market this week after the meteoric rise of the past two weeks. Almost from the opening lot on Tuesday the market fell, particularly in the medium merino fleece types, and then had more or less steadied by the end of the day.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “British Wool has announced the acquisition of the wool handling operations of Kent Wool Growers (KWG) based Ashford, Kent. British Wool will continue to operate from the existing depot in Ashford and to market wool on producers’ behalf returning the true market value for their wool. KWG is a farmer owned co-operative, that offers a range of farming services.”
THE BORDER MAIL – “Sheep and lambs, Monday, August 21
Lamb numbers eased and the quality was plainer after 40mm plus of rain in the supply area.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Numbers offered at Ballarat’s monthly store cattle sale were the lightest recorded in almost a decade but there were indications that demand would remain strong throughout the coming spring.”