NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Gregor Heard – “THE CHAIRMEN of Australia’s two leading national grain grower lobby groups have said the scandal surrounding Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) will have an impact on any moves to change the structure of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC).”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “KENNY Flanagan has rodeoed most of his life, and has no plans of slowing down until he wins an Australian championship. The 25 year-old spent two years at a college in Texas, USA, where he completed a farm and ranch management degree, with an associates in applied science, while also competing in the rodeo as a student athlete.”
VOXY.CO.NZ – Contributor Fuseworks Media – “South Island competitors are at the top of six of the eight Shearing Sports New Zealand rankings leaderboards at the end of the first month of the new season.
October saw the first eight of the 61 shows being held during the season. Of the shows in October, 5 were in the South Island and 3 in the North Island.
The rankings are based on points for placings in finals, with a maximum 12pts for the winner of an A-grade competition, 8pts for B-grade and 6pts for C-grade, the events being graded according to prize values.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman’s letter to growers with his voting recommendations for the upcoming board election includes the head of the Wool Exchange Portal working group, Wil Wilson.”
THE COUNTRY – “Combs are flying in New Zealand and across the Tasman as the shearing competition season enters full swing.
Across the Ditch, Winton shearer Troy Pyper teamed up with Hawke’s Bay shearers Rowland Smith and Johnny Kirkpatrick in the machine-shearing event at the Australian National Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Bendigo at the weekend.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – “he total value of wool sold this season has soared past the billion-dollar mark, in a week during which the Western Market Indicator rose by 20 cents a kilogram clean.
This week was only number 17 on the Australian wool-selling calendar and it was the first time since 2002 that the milestone was achieved so early in the season.
At the corresponding sale last season, only $800 million worth of wool had been sold, 26 per cent below the amount realised this year, even though total number of bales sold was only 12pc lower.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “This week signalled the end of Hyfield Poll Merino stud, with Giovi Limited dispersing its offering of rams and ewes to a broad range of studs and commercial farms from across the State.
Conducted by Elders, the Kojonup on-property sale offered 1220 stud sheep in total, including 17 Poll Merino rams, which sold to a top of $6600, and ewes of various ages, with the top price of $440/head being paid for a pen of 43 1.5-year-old black-tags.”
THE WESTERN PRODUCER – by Barb Glen – “The big demand is for fine wool production, but Canadian farmers tend to produce a coarser product … The Chinese government is making new uniforms for its military and government workers, but those garments won’t contain much Canadian wool.
However, such large quantities of wool needed for this project could affect other parts of the wool market, said Canadian Co-operative Wool Growers general manager Eric Bjergso.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “13TH ANNUAL VICTORIAN DOHNE INVITATIONAL RAM SALE
* 33 of 47 rams sold to $3800, av $1543,
It was third time lucky for the Tasmanian bidder, who snapped up the top priced ram at the 13th annual Victorian Dohne Invitational ram sale, Ballarat.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Simon Hartley – “The worst appears to be over for wool prices but prices are still very low and the industry is ”still not out of the woods yet”, ASB senior rural economist Nathan Penny says.
Prices for 39 micron wool, for example, had lifted 25% from the record low level set in July this year, he said. Despite the lift, 39 micron prices remained 28% below the 10-year average level, Mr Penny said in the latest ”Farmshed Economics” report.”