THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield and Kath Sullivan – “THE mob-based traceability system for sheep is achieving a “satisfactory overall compliance result”, according to the NSW Government, despite a national study finding the opposite.
Its national livestock identification system compliance operation, codenamed Mary, showed there was a tagging compliance of 99.86 per cent, and vendor-bred national vendor declaration compliance of 98.26 per cent for sheep and goats.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – “… Last week’s southern auction saw new lows for this troubled product, after vendors tried to reoffer previously unsold lots.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MOVIE star Jackie Chan’s fictitious suit in ‘The Tuxedo’ had settings for shake booty, anti-gravity, voice control and pants-only defence. Now wool has its own versions of the performance suit.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – ” WOOL prices have hit a ceiling, falling 92c/kg in the past fortnight.
It was the first drop on the Eastern Market Indicator in nine weeks, but the market did finish last week on a positive note.
The EMI sits at 1459c/kg, still more than 180c/kg above the same time last year, despite sharp falls across most microns.”
BOMBALA TIMES – “2017 Tech eChallenge Wool Innovation is seeking smart minds to develop practical, low cost digital tools that are relevant, useful and accessible to woolgrowers.”
WELLINGTON TIMES – by Geoff Plasto – “… Schute Bell report that last week’s wool market again took a tumble, following the previous weeks’ sharp falls on the first day. However, the second day of sales resulted in a far more positive mood that appeared to gain traction as the day progressed leaving most Merino types on the positive side of the ledger. 38,488 bales were sold with a passed in rate of 16.5%.”
THE RURAL – “Such was the calibre of the finalists in the prestigious sheep and wool industry’s Peter Westblade scholarship that joint winner have been announced.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Clint Jasper – “Retail lamb prices are expected to rise this year, with farmers telling Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) they will be keeping more sheep on the farm to build up their herd this season.
MLA is tipping the number of lambs sent to slaughter in 2017 will be 21.7 million head, 2.7 million lower than last year. Mutton slaughter will fall to its second lowest level on record, at 5.8 million head.
Farmers are keeping more of their older ewes at home in order to increase herd sizes at a time when lamb, mutton and wool prices are all breaking or scraping recording record high levels.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOODY the Kelpie’s last-minute inclusion in the 2017 Wagga Yard Dog Club working dog auction turned out to be a nice $9000 afterthought for owner Mat Corby.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “PUBLIC comment on a draft strategy to reduce the impact of wild dogs in New South Wales is being sought by the state’s Department of Primary Industries.”