THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Richard Davison – “Plunging wool prices could have a detrimental short-term effect throughout the industry, although commentators continue to talk up longer-term prospects.
Despite merino prices continuing to soar at $13-$15-plus per kilo, average crossbred wool prices have plummeted to their lowest in a decade, hovering around the $2.20 per kilo mark.
However, predictions of widespread disruption to shearing patterns, with some farmers avoiding shearing altogether, were wide of the mark at this stage, NZ Shearing Contractors Association president Jamie McConachie said.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AUSTRALIA’S lack of strategic direction when it comes to the contentious mulesing debate has been compounded by two vastly different global welfare standards.
Both standards are being promoted to woolgrowers with the aim to establish a declaration of custody, giving brands and supply chain members’ assurances wool has met a level of production obligations.”
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THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE world has gone mad for mutton.
Australia’s national mutton indicator averaged a record 419c/kg carcass weight last financial year, which ended last week, up almost 30 per cent on the previous 12 months and more than 40 per cent more than the five-year average.
And while the foot has come off the pedal in sheep markets over the past week, with the national mutton indicator hitting a four-month low, it remains trading above year-ago levels.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Simone Smith – “SOUTH west Victoria is not known for its fine wool growing conditions. Extreme variations in weather and quick changes between seasons can be hard to navigate.
But one family has not only made this work, they have stayed at the top of their field four years in a row.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “CHANGE is a word not lost on Martin Oppenheimer.
“Being sheep producers, we’ve had to change,” he says.
“We were once wool producers and focused totally on wool. Now, it is kilos of wool, kilos of lamb, and turning them off early.
“Something like condition score is more important now than it was 10-15 years ago, because then while a sheep with a lower condition score may have produced a few less kilos of wool, it was at lower micron and you probably got paid more.”
BENDIO ADVERTISER – by Mark Kearney – “The ribbons were hung by the podium with care at the Bendigo showgrounds yesterday as volunteers readied the venue for the weekend’s Australian Sheep and Wool Show.
In what is said to be the biggest event of its kind in the world, sheep breeders will vie for first place across 50 categories, with adjudicators judging everything from best black fleece to top merino pair. “
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Winslow merino producer Brendan Finnigan reckons the wool industry has to eventually end the practice of of mulesing sheep to prevent flystrike.
Mr Finnigan, who runs about 8000 merinos north of Warrnambool, said calls to end mulesing had to be heeded by the industry “because it is consumer-driven.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – Posted in Rural News – by Tony Chaston – ” … WOOL
The first sale of the new season was a North Island auction, and this again revealed the disastrous state of wool pricing.
In a sale dominated by second shear wool, coarse price indicators fell to levels not seen since 2009, and even other longer wool types met very poor pricing levels.”
NZ HERALD – The Country – Jamie Mackay – ” Today The Country’s Jamie Mackay finds Dr Jacqueline Rowarth at an Apiculture conference in Rotorua.
However, the topic of the day for the Chief Scientist of the Environmental Protection Authority is not honey – but strong wool.”