STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Buyers from all major sheep districts descended on Wycheproof, Friday, bidding scanned in lamb lines of crossbred lamb ewes and Merino ewes to highs of $330 and $278 a head respectively.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Police are investigating the theft of two bales of wool from a shearing shed in the Yarrabandai area.
The bales, which each weigh 200kg and are estimated to be worth about $900, were stolen between May 15 and 30.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Travis King – “A DEDICATION to finding the right pasture combination to suit his superfine wool production system is certainly paying dividends for Wellstead grower Morgan Sounness.
Close to 25 years ago, Morgan decided it was time to do something about the discounts he was receiving for his wool clips, due to poor yield results compared to some of his counterparts. In an attempt to chase a premium for his wool clip, Morgan had decided to offer his wool in New South Wales, where there was a greater demand for ultrafine and superfine wools.”
FARM WEEKLY – “STUDENTS from five Western Australian education establishments came away from last weekend’s National Merino Challenge (NMC) in Melbourne with new contacts and a greater understanding of the wool industry.
Teams from three WA College of Agriculture campuses, Cunderdin, Narrogin and Harvey, comprised almost half of this year’s NMC secondary school division, while teams from Murdoch University and Training Worx Australia, Kojonup, competed in the tertiary division.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “FROM superfine Merino wool production to organic crossbred lambs, Rob and Anne Battley, Gelfro Farm, Williams, aren’t afraid to try something different.
Rob said he was a fine wool Merino man from way back, but it isn’t wool bringing in the bacon these days at Gelfro Farm – it’s all about the organic produce.
“We realised our property is situated in such a way that lends itself to organic farming,” Anne said.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “PRICES remained firm this afternoon at the Wycheproof store sheep sale.
The top price paid was $330 for a pen of scanned-in-lamb, May 2016-drop first-cross Merino ewes sold by Hemley Pastoral at Stawell to a buyer from Euroa.
Further lots of first-cross ewes ranged from $308 down to $250.”
NZ HERALD – by Rebecca Howard – “New Zealand’s wool market remained weak at the latest South Island auction as tepid off-shore interest and the stronger New Zealand dollar weighed on clearance.
Of the 8,065 bales offered 65 per cent cleared, back further on the season to date clearance rate of 75 per cent and well down on last year’s 89 per cent clearance rate, AgriHQ said.”
TOWN & COUNTRY MAGAZINE – Source: Australian Wool Exchange – “Week 48 saw only 28,459 offered to the trade.
And still, the benchmark Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) fell for a fourth consecutive week.
The last time the Eastern Market Indicator rose was in Week 44, when it managed an impressive 43 cent rise.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “SELF-PROCLAIMED sheep whisperer and shearer Pera Davies would like to see the world’s shearers hitting the yoga mats during their breaks.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “THE market struggled at auction and in the front months of the forwards as a lack of offshore demand signals, particularly in the finer wools, put continued pressure on prices.”