QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOL production is expected to increase 4.3 per cent this financial year, as excellent seasonal conditions result in widespread lifts in fleece weights.
The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) expect production in 2016-17 will reach 339 million kilograms greasy, a rise partly attributed to an increase retention of sheep.”
LANCASTER FARMING (UK) – by Rick Hemphill, Md./Va. Correspondent – “WESTMINSTER, Md. — Fifteen students from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania traveled to the Ridgely Thompson Farm in Carroll County, Maryland, for a two-day hands-on seminar to learn the Australian method of shearing sheep. “The Australian method is the most efficient in terms of getting the fleece off in one piece and moving the sheep around,” said Emily Chamelin-Hickman, co-instructor and professional shearer, who learned at this school and now shears 15,000 sheep a year.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Growing volumes of unsold wool are now at levels not seen in proportion to the New Zealand wool clip for a generation, wool brokers say.
Prices dropped at this week’s South Island wool sale in Christchurch, where mainly crossbred wools were offered.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “TRIALS into flushing ewes on green feed during joining are continuing after positive early results.
Agriculture Victoria livestock extension officer Gervaise Gaunt has finished phase one of a trial, short-term flushing of ewes on green feed at joining, finding it can deliver reproduction benefits.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “GENETIC gain should be a key performance indicator for livestock producers., according to Sheep Technical Specialist with DPI Luke Stephen.
Demonstrating the range in gain between the top and bottom 20 per cent of farmers, based on profit indexes, Mr Stephen showed a recent leading breeder’s forum just how big the gap was.”
THE ARMIDALE EXPRESS – by Rachel Baxter – “Groundbreaking technology has led to the production and website launch of what’s believed to be the world’s first machine-washable, ultrafine merino wool range for pregnant women and babies.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that the 8,450 bales of South Island wool on offer this week saw a 67 percent clearance with a generally firm trend.
The weighted indicator for the main trading currencies increased 0.16 percent compared to the last North Island sale on 12 April.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Good farming seasons have delivered country communities some of the biggest income gains in years, filling silos and wallets in parts of WA.
But many farmers are hesitant to head out and spend big, instead focusing on structuring their business and planning for the future.
Australian Taxation Office figures revealing taxable incomes per postcode for the 2014-15 financial year showed big gains in some parts of the grain belt.
The top 10 postcodes with the highest average growth, year on year, were all farming areas in the State. “
COWRA GUARDIAN – by Kristen Frost – “Lach River stud, owned by the Chalker family at Darby’s Falls, has taken the top award in this year’s Sydney Royal Merino show feature breed.
At only their second Sydney Royal, the medium/strong producing wool stud proved they are here for the long run, this year taking the grand champion strong wool ram title.”
BUSINESS DAY – STUFF.CO.NZ – by Madison Reidy – “Fashion designer Karen Walker has helped design a trendy air pollution face mask for Asian consumers struggling with ‘airpocalypse’.
Auckland mask maker Healthy Breath launched its first reusable mask, named Meo, on Wednesday.
The mask consists of a washable New Zealand wool filter made by Auckland manufacturer Lanaco, and eight interchangeable covers patterned with unisex designs by Walker.”