THE RURAL – by Stephen Burns – “The 66th annual Hay Sheep Show held in the Norm Smith Pavilion at the Hay Showgrounds attracted many of the best stud and commercial Merino sheep in the south…”
THE AUSTRALIAN BUSINESS REVIEW – by Sue Neales – “Former shearer Don Wray doesn’t believe Australian manufacturing is dead or cannot be revived.
He successfully runs a $30 million wool quilt-making company founded 40 years ago that is growing every year, employs 80 staff and now exports 30 per cent of its products to China.
Best of all, Mr Wray’s MiniJumbuk business — which started off making woolly lamb toys for Japanese tourists in the 1980s to take home as souvenirs — has proved that manufacturing doesn’t have to be based in a major city to survive and prosper.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Do you know someone exceptional in the wool industry, be it a volunteer or employee?
Nominations are open for the inaugural Australian Wool Industry Medal to recognise men and women who have made a big contribution to the national industry.
Categories include producing, shearing, wool classing, testing, brokering, market reporting and analysis, administration or regulation service, exporting, processing, education, science, promotion, fashion and other.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Record prices for fine Merino wool have softened in recent weeks, reflecting supply and demand changes.
The season total peaked at $2.6 billion last week as trade reports indicated strong support for better-type wools. But the price of fine Merino continued its month-long contraction, with industry experts now forecasting it will fall further.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – by Yvonne O’Hara – “A re-enactment of Captain Cook delivering New Zealand’s first sheep is to be held on the Wanaka foreshore on June 23.
It is one of the highlights of the National Golden Fleece exhibition and Wool Expo, which the Upper Clutha A&P Society is running on June 23 and 24. Wool Week and Walk is on from June 19-24.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “AUSTRALIA experienced another strong wool market this week on the back of small volumes available globally and early stage processors keen to avoid stocks getting too low at a time of year when it is nigh on impossible to purchase any large volumes.”
THE RURAL – by Marty Moses – “WOOL prices increased by 28c/kg at auction sales with the Eastern Market Indicator settling at 1508c.
Moses and Sons principal, Marty Moses of Temora said 28,585 bales were offered and the market was met with new vigour.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Kent Acott – “WA’s biggest residential redevelopment — the $70 million refurbishment of Fremantle’s derelict Dalgety wool stores — has been acclaimed as one of the State’s top heritage projects.
It won two categories in the recent annual Heritage Council awards, less than a decade after there were calls for the 94-year-old building to be demolished.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “The digital evolution of wool selling in Australia continues, with plans for an online platform now set in stone.
Australian Wool Exchange’s wool exchange portal working group this week endorsed the construction and implementation of the system.
It is not expected to replace the open cry auction systems at Fremantle, Sydney and Melbourne, but it will add more options for selling and information.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “The revelation of a past commercial bailout between Australian Wool Innovation and the Graziers’ Investment Company has prompted a call for funds to be returned to the woolgrower shareholders.
During Senate estimates late last month, AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough and chairman Wal Merriman revealed AWI had helped GIC close its assets in India.”