QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “FOUR years into the collaboration, the Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association (ASWGA) and Australian Country Spinners (ACS) have developed a global craft following.
Driven by the need to diversify their markets, ACS launched the exclusive line of Australian Superfine Merino by Cleckheaton last year to 7000 knitters in Times Square, New York, as part of Vogue Knitting LIVE.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN wool prices held their ground despite increased supplies on the auction market this week. AWEX’s rebased benchmark Eastern Market Indicator closed the week down one cent to 1524c/kg clean.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “IT was another week of uncertainty in the wool forward and spot price markets., with buyers and sellers reticent to commit and no clear signals from downstream processors.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN wool growers will vote on a recommendation to wind-up Graziers’ Investment Company Limited, on October 11 this year, GIC chairman Barry Walker announced today.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Karolin MacGregor, Tasmanian Country – “INTENSIVE lamb finishing has been a big part of Stephen Creese’s farming operations for decades.
This year the Clovelly Tasmania enterprise Mr Creese oversees as managing director, will turn off about 34,000 prime lambs.
Later this month he will share some of the lessons he has learned about intensive lamb finishing as a guest speaker at the annual Red Meat Updates event on July 28 from 9am until 5.30pm at the Tramsheds at Inveresk in Launceston.”
NZ FARMER – by John Morgan – “Hawke’s Bay romney breeder Tony Parker, 86, recognised at the Sheep Industry Awards for his “significant contribution” to the industry, was lambasted and ostracised when he promoted revolutionary methods of measuring a sheep’s performance in the 1960s.
Recalling the start of a system that is now accepted practice, he says the “wonderful, simple logic” of performance measuring proved irresistible when he first heard it in 1955.
The advice came from Massey University Professor Al Rae speaking to a farmers’ meeting at Waimarama.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that the predominantly short second shear offering from the North Island saw the shears ease, with oddments and the limited offering of longer shears and fleece wools dropping significantly. Of the 9300 bales on offer 74 percent sold.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “The Australian Sheep & Wool Show (ASWS) was worth nearly $5 million to the City of Greater Bendigo, according to the local authority’s senior management.”
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Laura Griffin – “Their love for the breed and a drive to continue a family legacy and protect biodiversity sees Margaret and Colin Chapman continue the oldest ongoing Dorset Down sheep stud in Australia.
The stud, Woodhall, is named after Margaret’s family farm at Richmond Plains where the stud was founded.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – “Opportunities to scour wool in Malaysia have changed the landscape for local exporters and, importantly, increased wool competition for WA growers.
Since the closure of the last WA wool scourer in 2009, scoured wool sales by WA exporters have had to be sent to Victoria for scouring before shipment, making it difficult for them to compete with exporters in the Eastern States.”