NZ FARMER – by Jill Galloway – “Throwing arms are being warmed up for the Hilux Rural Games, which are being held in Feilding on Friday and Palmerston North during the weekend.
Among the competition disciplines are gumboot, egg and cowpat throwing with the criteria harder for the egg thrower as one member of a two-person team has to catch the raw egg intact.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook, Rural Reporter – “A new report shows that the export value of wool from December to January dropped by 25 percent, and in the past six months it has fallen 10 percent…”
KNITTING INDUSTRY – “…Pioneering merino wool warp knits
Cifra is also developing merino wool products for some of Europe’s leading brands. Merino wool is not normally knitted on seamless warp knitting machines and so this is thought to be a first.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Queensland sheep and wool producers have been advised they need to get the right ewes, on the right feed, to successfully raise lambing and weaning rates as the State’s flock rebuilding starts in earnest.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOLTRADE sold more than 1100 bales of wool as the Australian auction market ventured deeper into record territory last week.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – “The Yarn… Market Intelligence… On Farm… Off Farm… Marketing… “
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales, Reporter Rural/Regional Affairs – “The historic birthplace of the modern merino sheep and Australia’s golden era of wool prosperity is for sale, with the legendary Wanganella, Peppinella and Boonoke sheep stations in southern NSW being touted to overseas buyers as part of a potential $330 million deal.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “THE wool market’s 1500c clean has a nice ring to it – and that was the new record level reached for the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) last week.
All micron categories benefited from strong buyer appetite and a relatively small offering of only 40,000 bales. The few best style superfine lots available were more than 150c dearer, and in general superfine indicators moved 75c higher than the previous close.”
NZ FARMER – “France’s top diplomat showed she was not above getting her hands dirty in the shearing shed in Masterton on Saturday.
French Ambassador to New Zealand, Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, found herself on the venerable Golden Shears boards on finals day to shear a sheep, with a little help from a seasoned pro.
A new career-path could be beckoning for the ambassador who said she wants to compete for her country when it hosts the world championships in 2019.”
THE AVON VALLEY & WHEATBELT ADVOCATE – Wheatbelt Development Commission – “The wheatbelt is Western Australia’s most significant farming region for meat, wool, eggs and milk production. Other emerging industries include a camel dairy and ostrich farming.”