THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Rueben Hale – “Wyalkatchem producer Steve Gamble says he expects wool prices to remain firm as he markets his first batch of wool for the season.
Mr Gamble, who was named WAMMCO’s producer of the month in March, had shorn about 400 of his Dohne lambs last week.
The mixed enterprise 7000ha farm had about 18mm of rain for the season after 120mm of encouraging summer rains.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Rueben Hale – “Koorda farmer Reece Boyne and his family have started offloading sheep, as dry conditions continue.
Mr Boyne, who farms with his wife Gina, parents Richard and Fran and uncle Peter, recently turned off about 700 newly shorn weaners, leaving 1600 Dohne breeders and a lacklustre crop well below the 8000ha achieved last year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Xavier Duff – “A NEW record price for Riverina farmland has been set with the sale of Ramsay station, at Booroorban, for $3.02 million.
The 4038ha property, 50km south of Hay, has been in the Porter family for more than 150 years and the sale included a 1060Ml opportunistic water licence and 47Ml of high security stock water from the Murrumbidgee system.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S peak sheep meat body has re-iterated its “established” policy that mulesing be phased out as soon as practical, after its producers were recently told they were “very exposed” on the issue.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 7 July 2017 (Week 1)
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Simon Hartley – “Agricultural commodity prices overall have made a strong 25% year-on-year gain, even as the wool sector has its worst year since the 2007-08 global financial crisis.
ANZ agri economist Con Williams said a continued surge in milkfat and sheepmeat prices led the charge, but there were declines for wool, wholemilk powder, casein, apples and aluminium.
For the past year, New Zealand’s wool exports to China were down 37%, with subsequently larger-than-normal stockpiles of bales held by farmers around the country.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “FOOTROT vaccines targeting the specific serogroups are proving to be an effective eradication tool.
Tasmanian Veterinary Officer Bruce Jackson told the Best Wool Best Lamb conference last week the new Serogroup Specific Footrot Vaccines were more effective than the old 10-strain version, no longer available.”
STOCK & LAND – by Catherine Miller – “WHEN an opportunity came along to buy one of Australia’s longest-running Prime SAMM studs, Campbell Lawrie jumped at it. Lawral Park stud, Ungarra, has been one of the breed’s driving force in recent years but the purchase of the Jeancourt stud, Naracoorte, takes them to the nation’s equal largest stud flock.”
PORT LINCOLN TIMES – “Merino South Australia is urging ram buyers to ensure they buy animals from ovine brucellosis-free accredited flocks.
The reported incidence of brucellosis in South Australia is on the rise and in order to protect flocks buyers are encouraged to ensure the vendor has ovine brucellosis‑free certification and accreditation.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – “New Zealand just finished its worst wool season since the global financial crisis as China, the largest buyer of the fibre, switched its preference to fine wool and away from strong wool that makes up the majority of the country’s clip.
A total of 420,378 bales were offered at auction in the season that ended June 30, with 311,698 sold, giving an average clearance rate of 74 per cent, according to AgriHQ. The number of bales was up 1.1 per cent on the previous season as unsold bales were re-offered at auction, while the volume of bales sold dropped 15 per cent.”