AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 7 April 2017 (Week 40)
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WOOL was the standout commodities performer in the first quarter this year and, thanks to a “bump” in grain prices, WA was best performing commodities State, according to National Australia Bank (NAB) Agribusiness.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Business Desk – by Tina Morrison – “New Zealand’s wool market remains weak, with the lowest clearance rate in almost eight years recorded at the latest weekly auction…”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronhaw – “Agricultural leaders are shivering in excitement rather than shuddering at the thought of even more technological and market change ahead.
Leaders of companies with a combined 80 per cent stake in New Zealand’s primary exports met in Christchurch this week for the Te Hono Summit, which has emerged from boot camps previously at Stanford University. The brainchild of New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) chief executive John Brakenridge, previous summits have resulted in new companies and a joint-venture market hub in Shanghai.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – SA Country Hour – by Cherie von Horchner – “At the age of 16, Andrew Killeen turned his back on the bright lights of Adelaide for an uncertain future in the bush.
Eight years later, he is living a nomadic life as a contract station hand, his work having taken him as far north as Daly Waters in the Northern Territory — further north than Burke and Wills achieved on their fateful journey in 1861.”
THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER – by Madeline Link – “VENDORS are all smiles at the Guyra Saleyards as prices have hit a record high…”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Sally Bryant, Michael Cavanagh and Cara Jeffery – “Landholders at 600 sites across Australia are watching for signs of rabbit death caused by the early March release of the RHDV-K5 Korean strain of calicivirus.
The strain is the first new rabbit control agent release in more than 20 years, and farmers and scientists are watching intently to see what the outcome will be.”
SCOOP BUSINESS – Press Release: NZ Wool Services – Edited by Johnathan Underhill & Pattrick Smellie – “New Zealand Wool Services Marketing Executive Malcolm Ching reports that the 11700 bales of South Island wools on offer this week, which contained a high proportion of re-offered lots, saw targeted buying and only 46 percent selling as many growers …WOOL MARKET CONTINUES TO EASE”
THE DAILY ADVERTISER – “A 50-year career with an “average of 120” would be considered amazing stats in any sport or profession. But when it comes to something as taxing on the human body as shearing, it’s almost unbelievable… He is incredibly fit. He still gets through 120 sheep a day. I’ve worked with him for 12 years and in that time can only recall one day he called in sick. – Shearing contractor Doug Baker… “
THE DAILY ADVERTISER – by Nikki Reynolds – “For those at the coalface of the sector it is also an ideal time to crunch the figures and determine the profit drivers which really matter.
Craig Wilson of Craig Wilson and Associates, Wagga, oversees the Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Challenge. The late Mr Westblade was a successful sheep producer from the Lockhart district in southern NSW…”