SBS- Source: AAP – “… MERINO WOOL NO IRRITANT FOR KIDS WITH ECZEMA … Kids with eczema may no longer have to avoid all woollen clothing for fear of it irritating their skin.
A clinical trial by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne found superfine merino wool can reduce rather than exacerbate symptoms for kids with mild-to-moderate eczema.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “A quick glance at the unchanged and record equalling weekly close of the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) at 1546ac clean/kg would appear that this week’s Australian wool auctions were rather mundane. This was far from the case, as some radical price movements were in evidence in the market, particularly at the super fine end of the merino offering.”
NBR – by Tina Morrison – “The weak wool market showed some improvement at the latest New Zealand weekly auction in the South Island yesterday.
The average price for 37-micron crossbred fleece rose 5 cents to $4.15 a kilogram from last week’s sale, according to AgriHQ. Finer 28-micron lamb wool increased 15 cents to $4.85/kg, while coarser 30-micron lamb wool fell 15 cents to $4.20/kg, resulting in the lamb wool indicator holding steady for the week, AgriHQ said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MEDIUM Merino wool prices started to slip this week as recent record auction rates boosted bale offerings. However, fine wool continued to appreciate in value, with micron price guides for fleece under 16.5 microns gaining 157 cents in Sydney and 100 cents in Melbourne.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “RECENT gross margin analysis of wool and prime lamb operations is predicting stellar profits for fine wool growers in western Victoria and across Australia at current auction prices.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 24 March 2017 (Week 38)
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kath Sullivan and Lyndal Reading – “AUSTRALIA’S paper-based system of tracking sheep and goats has failed….”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “With 36 years of wool industry experience, John Colley now runs both Australia’s biggest independent wool brokerage ($500 million turnover) and the country’s biggest natural fibre knitwear manufacturer.
Mr Colley, who is Australian WoolNetwork managing director, spoke at the Stud Merino Breeders Association of WA annual meeting in Cottesloe last week.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “A FOOTROT vaccine for specific strains is now available to Australian farmers.
The vaccine, being manufactured by Treidlia Biovet, can only be used after testing to determine which virulent serogroups of footrot are in the flock.
Footrot is caused by a bacteria that requires warm, moist conditions, with Merinos among the most susceptible sheep breed.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that despite a slightly stronger New Zealand dollar compared to the last sale on 16th March the 9835 bales on offer were firm to dearer, with 82 percent sold.”