RADIO NEW ZEALAND – by Andrew McRae – “New Zealand could face a shortage of shearers because they’re not being trained, an industry organisation says.”
THE RURAL – by Bruce McLeish, Elders Northern wool manager – “THE Australian wool market continued to climb this week with solid gains across the board. The prices were up in all sectors and all currencies, with a few new records being reached along the way.”
GRINDTV – TRANSWORLD BUSINESS – by Kailee Bradstreet – “VF Corp will acquire Auckland, New Zealand, based company Icebreaker for an undisclosed amount… Icebreaker, a merino wool-focused base layer brand, generated $150 million in revenue in the past 12 months. Founded in 1995 by Jermey Moon, Icebreaker is the only brand in seven years that VF has brought under its adventure and outdoor umbrella, since the acquisition of Timberland in 2011. VF also owns SmartWool, a Colorado-based company that makes merino socks and apparel.”
THE BORDER MAIL – by Nikki Reynolds – “A COROWA wool classer has earned one of the top accolades in the industry.
Jorja Reeves received the Australian Wool Exchange National Wool Classers Award and gained $500 in prize money.
Taking up a position in the wool industry was something that surfaced after following in the footsteps of her stepdad George McFarlane of “Maneroo Park.” “
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S inland wool brokers have joined other peak trade bodies in rejecting a claim by Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman that there was unanimous agreement for AWI’s Wool Exchange Portal project to proceed.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MERINOS are a vital part of the enterprise mix at Craig and Abigail Hickman’s Curramulka property Seaview, on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, producing $130 per winter grazed hectare per 100mm of growing season rainfall in 2016.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “RAIN across Australia helped boost AuctionsPlus sheep and lamb listings to 91,290 last week, up just over 9000 more than the previous week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “UPROAR in the Australian Wool Innovation 2017 election escalated today with claims the proposed Wool Exchange Portal has been politicised and put at risk by the actions of AWI chairman Wal Merriman and board candidate Will Wilson.”
THE RURAL – by Colin Bettles – “NEW farm levy-payer databases are “moving along in a positive direction” with a trial due to conclude by the year’s end, says Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) Managing Director Dr Steve Jefferies.
Dr Jeffries was quizzed about the whereabouts of the new grower identification and communication tool, that’s being developed by the federal Coalition government, during recent Senate supplementary budget estimates hearings in Canberra.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WHEN you’re on a good thing stick to it could be the slogan Albany woolgrower Fred Weight farms by.
Mr Weight, who runs sheep and cattle at Youngs Siding, has bought his replacement wethers from the Batchelor family at Broomehill for 30 consecutive years.”