RIVERINE HERALD – by Shepparton News – “Australia is losing significant market share to countries marketing non-mulesed wool and needs to be tapping into a lucrative market for non-mulesed wool by breeding sheep free of body wrinkle and with a bare breech, according to NSW Merino breeder Chad Taylor.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is set to undertake a major strategic research direction change to address rapidly rising wool harvesting costs and the largest single on-farm direct expense for wool growers – shearing.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Alannah Greenwood – “It was a surreal moment for Daysdale’s Georgia Reeve when she heard her name echo through the hall as the winner of the 2017 AWEX/TAFE National Graduate Wool Classer Competition held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
She froze for what she said felt like minutes waiting for the announcer to see if her name being called was a mistake.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “MEAT and Livestock Australia says there has rarely been a time when sheep producers have had a stronger incentive to retain ewes.
Acting ABARES chief commodity analyst Trish Gleeson said recently cash income for sheep farms was expected to increase to an average of $133,000 per farm this financial year, about 70 per cent above the 10- year average.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “ONE segment of the lamb market to watch edging closer to winter is the flow of Merinos into saleyards and direct to processors.
It has been suggested that more Merino lambs have been carried on for longer this production year because of the lure of extra wool income, and saleyard data supports this theory.”
WOOL.COM – April 2017
MONTANA STATE UNIVERSITY – Marshall Swearingen, MSU News Service – “On March 16, as about 200 sheep from Montana State University’s research flock were relieved of their annual wool fleece, a new, one-of-a-kind machine designed by MSU’s Montana Manufacturing Extension Center was put through its paces.
Unlike other, older machines used to assess the quality of wool, the one designed by MMEC is faster and portable, said Whit Stewart, a sheep specialist with MSU Extension and an assistant professor of sheep and wool production in the Department of Animal and Range Sciences in MSU’s College of Agriculture.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has announced its new General Manager – Research will be Dr Jane Littlejohn. She will replace Dr Paul Swan at the wool industry’s research, development and marketing body.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL buyers and customers will play a bigger role in National Wool Declaration promotion and NWD verifications will double to improve awareness and the rigour of the mulesing status and dark/medullated fibre risk statement.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “VICTORIA today lifted quarantine restrictions on all properties involved in an anthrax outbreak near Swan Hill in north west Victoria.”