SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S shearing industry does not know the extent of drug and alcohol use in wool sheds. But there have been enough anecdotal reports for Shearing Contractors Association of Australia secretary Jason Letchford and other industry leaders to appreciate there is a problem.”
JUST STYLE – by Michelle Russell – ” Italian fashion retailer Max Mara has teamed up with the Woolmark Company to develop a wool denim line for its autumn collection using yars coloured with ecological dyes.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Jess Davis – “A Japanese wool broker says that while Australian wool prices have doubled in Japan over the past year, it has not deterred the Japanese from buying.
Despite the high prices, Mike Kuritani from Itochu, one of Japan’s largest trading companies, said demand will remain due to an appetite for high quality fine micron wool from Australia.”
FARMERS WEEKLY – by Mike Burgess – “The Fairworld Merino Stud in the Eastern Cape has been at the forefront of genetic fine wool production in South Africa for over a century. It holds the current South African record price of R250 000 for a Merino ram. Mike Burgess assesses the legacy, achievements and future of this 1 000-ewe stud.”
BUNBURY MAIL – by Mal Gill – “LOCAL lads Phillip McDonald and Jack Oorschot, both 17, got an insight last week into what happens to their college’s wool clips after it goes out the gate.
Year 12 students at WA College of Agriculture Cunderdin, they were part of a student group which on Wednesday (May 10) toured the Westcoast Wools Pty Ltd wool stores, the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) and the Western Wool Centre (WWC), all in Bibra Lake, Perth.”
GRAIN CENTRAL – “Investment intentions among Australian farmers are at record levels, according to results released this week by the Commonwealth Bank from its biannual Agri Insights survey.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Travis King – “THE history of wool in the Great Southern is being celebrated in a multi-form exhibition being staged at the Vancouver Arts Centre in Albany.
The relationship between Albany and wool dates back to when the Amity sailed into King George Sound in 1826 with a single ram and a number of ewes included in its cargo. By the 1830s there were larger numbers of sheep being imported to Australia through Albany, with many making their way to the Kojonup district.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Marshall – “On the back of a 56 per cent lift in statutory profit, Elders predicts a busy run of acquisitions will power almost half its agribusiness growth in the next few years.
Profits jumped to $38.3 million for the farm services company in the first half of 2016-17, thanks partly to the return of good summer cropping activity in NSW and Queensland, strong livestock market and real estate trends and revived finance and insurance earnings.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “GLOBAL retailers have tapped into a new chain of custody for the Australian wool industry, which is set to process 500 tonne of wool under a new initiative between Australian Merino Exports and Roberts Limited.
About two years ago, AME, Roberts and Tasmanian woolgrowers Julian and Annabel von Bibra, took a gamble and financed the processing of 20t of wool tops which they then pitched to Italian mills.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “There was plenty of interest generated and a few snide remarks offered when NLIS sheep scanning gear was road-tested for the first time at Wycheproof saleyard on Friday. The testing of the new portable equipment was the idea of Australia Livestock Saleyards Association (ALSA), who have been granted funds by the state government to enable the full implementation of RFID scanning equipment into Victorian saleyards.”