THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Elders predicts healthy premiums for superfine Merino will continue well into next season.
The agribusiness company’s International Wool Report last week said the basis betweenJU superfine and medium wool had “probably reached its peak”.
But it also said healthy premiums would remain in place “unless the season was a disaster resulting in a huge increase in hunger fine merino”. “
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Corrigin brothers Richard and Tony Guinness have a mutual agreement for shearing they say has reaped dividends for them both.
Richard, who runs 3000 head of Merino, shears in September and Tony, who runs 2500 Merinos, picks up the clippers in February.
It’s an accord which works for the pair, who were busy shearing Merino rams when Countryman stopped in for a visit last week”
STOCK & LAND – “The Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) Livestock Group has launched an awareness campaign, highlighting the seriousness of Q Fever as a drain on the industry’s supply chain.
The VFF estimated the livestock industry lost 1,700 weeks in productivity each year, and millions of dollars across the supply chain, due to a lack of understanding around Q Fever.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “SEVERAL cases of anthrax in sheep in the Mallee have tested Victoria’s biosecurity response.
Agriculture Victoria chief veterinary officer Dr Charles Milne said he was confident the state could handle a major livestock disease outbreak, following the anthrax cases near Swan Hill.”
THE EXAMINER – by Johanna Baker-Dowdell – “Tasmanian farmers have been invited to take part in the National Lambing Density Project.
The project is a partnership between Australian Wool Innovation, Meat & Livestock Australia and industry organisations to assess the effects of mob size and stocking rate on lamb survival.”
STOCK AND LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Western Australia’s wool clip has been selected to trial the commercial viability of using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to track wool bales.
About 40 per cent of WA’s clip will have ultra-high frequency bale tags – that can be read from more than two metres and can withstand dumping – as part of a six-month trial next year which aims to verify Australian Wool Exchange’s e-Bale technology.”
STOCK & LAND – by Leonard Vallance – “Q fever is serious. It’s spreading. And every livestock worker is at risk. Most farmers have heard of Q fever, but you might be surprised by the number of people who don’t know just how dangerous the disease is, or how wide-reaching it can be.”
AWI – “The Woolmark Company’s Wool Week program coincides with the 2017 winter selling season, celebrating the very best wool and wool-rich apparel and home textiles from Australia’s iconic brands and retailers including Westfield, Country Road, R.M. Williams, M.J. Bale and Rodd & Gunn.
An initiative that arose from the global Campaign for Wool, Wool Week champions the eco-credentials of the fibre, making it the perfect choice for today’s conscious consumer. Natural and biodegradable, wool provides the global apparel industry with the most renewable, recyclable and reusable fibre on the planet.”
MERINO.COM – by Mitchell Oakley Smith – “The Woolmark Company has joined forces with Australian shopping centre Westfield for its winter fashion campaign, celebrating Australian Merino wool, the growers who produce the fibre and the designers who use it. Throughout Wool Week Australia (May 13-21), the Australian-grown miracle fibre is the star in a curated selection of winter accessories, boots, denim and apparel.”
OBERON REVIEW – by John Seaman – “THE Reliance Royal Bathurst Show was held in brilliant weather two weekends back and I have been furnished with some results.
In the shearing competitions, first and second were:
Intermediate: Tom Seaman and Joe Fahey.
Learners: Emily Pike and Adam Laverty.
Senior: Scott Madden and Ben Green.
Open: David McIntyre and Wayne Hosie.”