STOCK & LAND – by Jeanette Severs – “A resurged effort to train shearers and woolhandlers would pay off in the shearing shed and on the sale floor, according to Tom Kelly, Sports Shear Victoria president.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WILD rabbit numbers are falling in some areas nationally following the release of the new Korean strain of the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus, RHDV1 K5, in March.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE extraordinary superfine wool market gains experienced in the past year stands in stark contrast to the price dive experienced by broad wools.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is still considering a business case report on its proposed Wool Exchange Portal, received at the AWI board’s last meeting on April 28.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Extraordinarily strong price rises in the merino sector featured at Australian wool auctions during the week ending May 5, mainly due to demand outstripping supply. Gains of between 3 to 5 per cent were recorded across the 17 to 22 micron area as 3 or 4 of the major buyers exerted extreme purchasing pressure in the suddenly reduced offerings.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders norther wool manager – “CURRENCY again played a large role in the wool market during the past week. Although prices in US dollars rose by 22c on Wednesday, a drop in the value of the local currency meant that prices were able to rise further on Thursday without affecting the prices paid by buyers.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Shepparton News – “Agriculture Victoria, with Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation, will present a three-day Young Farmer Farm Business Boot Camp at Benalla.
The boot camp will assist young producers new to farming to understand and manage business risk, develop a business plan to grow their business and to have confidence in their future in agriculture.”
ABC FOX MONTANA – by Kolby Crossley – “A new machine allows a sheep specialist to quickly take wool samples on site. Implemented back in March this new machine manufactured by MSU’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) is doing wonders for the wool industry.
Paddy Fleming, MMEC Director said, “this machine is used to test the yield of wool.” “
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “GENETICS and breeding played a vital role in helping sell the Rangeview, Darkan, wool clip this year for more than it has ever made before.
Like other sheep farmers, Jeremy King and his father John have had an exceptional season.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “While wool prices may be up there with the best seen for years, and cuts boosted by winter rain, the outlook in the shearing industry isn’t so rosy.
Both Eromanga grazier Stuart Mackenzie and shearing contractor Karl Goodman are sounding the alarm on how few young people are attracted to the industry these days.”