AGRILAND (IRELAND) – by Stephen Bourke – “Australian market analysts have pointed to farmers switching back to keeping Merino wethers for wool as one factor causing low slaughter numbers this spring.
Merino wool prices have been buoyant for several years, and rock-bottom grain prices have made it particularly attractive to hold onto stock, even as Australia faces into a dry year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “DEMAND for lamb has softened from the extreme levels seen before Easter, however the market remains disrupted by short trading weeks caused by public holidays.
Prices on Monday were generally $5 to $10 lower at Bendigo, with some of the heaviest lambs experiencing bigger discounts as one major export buyer sat out the sale.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Shepparton News – “The annual Strong Wool Sheep and Wool Fair will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the Benalla Showgrounds on May 7.
Started in 1988 by the late Rob Hull, a prominent Romney sheep breeder, the show is run by the Strong Wool Breeders Association and welcomes exhibitors from across Victoria and southern NSW.”
THE ARARAT ADVERTISER – “The Hamilton/Ararat branches of the Australian Superfine Woolgrowers Association will hold the sixth annual re-union Dinner at Grange Burn Motel, Hamilton, on Saturday May 13.”
BAY 939 – by Rebecca McDonald – “… The National Wool Museum will feature a display focussing on the Geelong wool industry’s participation in the First World War, and the City of Greater Geelong is offering free entry on Anzac Day… “
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Ken Calder, ‘Woodlands’, Wareek – “North central Victorian wool grower Ken Calder at Wareek is concerned that despite indications more sheep are being retained to rebuild flocks, insufficient Merino ewes are being bred to Merino rams to sustain quality wool production.”
NORTH SHORE COOLUM NEWS – by Andrea Davy – “HE IS now a full-time shearer who spends all his spare time promoting the wool industry, but when James Braszell first started out as a roustabout in 2012 he did not like his job.
In fact, most days he hated it. “I was thrown in the deep end and I remember thinking ‘oh my goodness, I have just finished high school and started roustabouting and I don’t even like it’,” he laughed.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MERINO and Dohne ewe sales continued to feature on AuctionsPlus last week, as sheep and lamb numbers lifted slightly. Sheep and lamb numbers lifted 403 to 30,486 head of commercial stock last week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S National Wool Declaration program will remain voluntary, but on-farm inspections and desk audit verifications will be increased where appropriate.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE absence of shearing innovation in the past 50 years is indicative of a greater crisis within the wool industry, with a senior market commentator warning the industry must innovate or perish.”