THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Bruce Gibbs plans to return to the wool industry next year if he can find “good, physical work” as a wool classer.
The 68-year-old has kept his certification active for more than 40 years after retiring from the industry to start a lawnmowing business in Perth.
Now based in Willetton, Mr Gibbs has fond memories of working in regional wool sheds and Dalgety Wool Stores in Perth.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – “The Western Market Indicator soared to 1567c/kg last week, a rise of 63c, making it the highest for the season and the highest since Australian Wool Industries Secretariat Inc. started recording the data in 2006-07.
The AWEX EMI finished 28¢ higher (1.9 per cent) in Australian currency and 31¢ higher (2.8 per cent) in US currency at sales in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “INCREASES in wool, lamb, beef, live cattle and dairy export earnings are forecast to keep Australia’s gross value of farm production above average next financial year.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Tinkering at the edges of change in the meat and wool sectors are ”not going to cut it”, Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman Rick Powdrell says.
In his final address at the rural lobby organisation’s national conference in Wellington this week, Mr Powdrell said it was time for ”big sky forward thinking” on the cost, marketing and competition challenges.”
FARM WEEKLY – “THE Robinson family of Bedar, in the shadow of Woondillon rock at Babakin, have capped their best dollar returns from their sheep enterprise that coincided with a timely sequence of farm business decisions, to win WAMMCO’s prime lamb producer of the month title for May 2017.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “VICTORIAN, South Australian and NSW studs shared in the spoils at the annual Hay Merino Sheep Show at the weekend.
A strong wool ram from the McRae family’s Oakbank stud at St Arnaud was named the show’s supreme exhibit, edging out the grand champion ewe from the Dalla family’s Orrie Cowie stud at Warooka in South Australia.”
CENTRAL WESTERN DAILY – by Declan Rurenga – “When it comes to selecting merino fleeces, Molong Central School’s Brooke and Caitlyn Watts are rising stars in the trade…”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill & Stephanie Sinclair – “PROLONGED dry conditions across WA are having a significant impact on the sheep market, with yardings across the State’s saleyards at unusually high numbers.
Farmers have been forced to sell stock as pastures dry up and feed supplies run out following a drier than average autumn and a concerning winter outlook.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “AS the financial year winds down we hear evidence of a profitable 2017-2018 for agriculture, solid purchasing orders, sound markets for most primary products and strong confidence for the coming year.
So what are the risks of farming businesses?…”
HELLENIC SHIPPING NEWS – “… In Australian dollar terms, export prices of wool, wine, lamb, barley, cheese and mutton are forecast to increase in 2017-18,’ Mr Gooday said.”