RNZ by Peter Fowler – “Wool prices have hit rock bottom, causing a lot of stress and emotion in the industry, says a Hawke’s Bay wool broker. Wright Wool managing director Philippa Wright has been in the industry 40 years and said she can’t think of a time when prices have been lower.
Ms Wright said the wool sale at Napier yesterday was very disappointing.
“We are now at a lower point than we’ve ever been in my memory. Six years ago it was around about this level but yesterday I think it went a bit lower.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Joshua Becker – “A spate of wild dog attacks across farmland previously untroubled by the pests has prompted one grazier to build a 32-kilometre exclusion fence around his property.
Jack Glasson, from Jimembuen in southern New South Wales, said increasing numbers of wild dogs and kangaroos were beginning to impact on farm profitability.
“Wild dogs were coming in on one side of the place and we estimate that over 500 wethers were lost in the last year and a half due to wild dogs,” he said.”
FARMING AHEAD – by Mark Saunders – “SHEARING sheep is never easy but the latest handling system drastically reduces the amount of effort required to harvest wool. Kondinin Group saw the latest version of the ShearEzy in action at last week’s Best Wool Best Lamb conference held in Bendigo, Victoria.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Anna Vidot – “Australian farmers are getting older, with the latest survey data from the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), finding the average farmer is 56-years-old.
That’s up from 54-years-old less than a decade ago, and is 17 years older than average Australian worker who is 39 years old.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “NEW data on Australian agricultural performance has been released today by the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) showing a $3.1 billion increase in the industry’s gross value for 2015-16 to $56b – despite a range of declines in the volume of production, for major commodities like wheat.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “A WORLD-FIRST maternal pedigree collection tag system suitable for sheep, cattle and goats will have its final production-proofing trial in a New South Wales sheep flock next month.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “YOUNG foxes have lived on sheep meat and native animals in Western Australia’s wheatbelt outside of normal lambing times, Murdoch University research has found.
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.”