OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “The 1994 world shearing champion Alan MacDonald (left), of Te Kuiti, helps Paul Phillips, from the Falkland Islands, during a training day at Mount Linton Station last week.”
CHINCHILLA NEWS – by Andrea Davy – “IF YOU can master the art of shearing, you will be able to do pretty much anything.
That’s the opinion of police liaison officer Laurie Bateman, who is heading up the Cunnamulla Blue Light Shearing Team – a program geared at guiding young minds towards positive futures. “
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “Kiwi World champs hope Oldfield wins blades title at Reefton
Geraldine bladeshearer Phil Oldfield had an important win ahead of this week’s World shearing and woolhandling championships when he beat an international field to regain the Reefton Shears bladeshearing at the Inangahua A and P Show on Saturday.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Nick Jeffrey – “AUSTRALIA’s national wool handling champion Sophie Huf has been ranked among the top six chances for the world title in New Zealand this week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “YOUNG Charlie Dunn might be oblivious to the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in New Zealand this week. But on enthusiasm alone, the five-year-old is behaving like a champion in the making, having already shorn his pet lambs with the mulesing shears.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA is on track to hit the $3 billion mark in wool exports for the first time since 2003.”
Western Magazine – by Will Chaffey – “Week starting 6/2/2017
With slightly over 40,000 bales offered nationally last week, the Eastern Market Indicator climbed a further 10c/kg closing at 1,422c/kg.
Looking at the EMI in US dollar terms, there was a 22c/kg hike to close a 1,087c/kg.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Unprecedented levels of wool withdrawn or passed from the market resulted in the smallest offering South Island wool brokers have presented.
Of the original 13,900 bales put up for auction last week, 2100 were withdrawn on the day as sellers chose to hold, as prices were now well below long-term sustainable levels for wool growers, New Zealand Wool Services International chief executive John Dawson said.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “The Woolmark Company is showcasing the latest edition of The Wool Lab Sport at its stand B3.324 at the ongoing ISPO Munich trade fair. It is taking advantage of the explosive growth in demand for sportswear and activewear, and the opportunity for wool as a technical fibre to meet increasingly demanding consumer needs for comfort and performance.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Marshall – “For many farmers 2016 will go down as one of the more memorable and most rewarding in their careers.
Unfortunately however, last year’s unusually productive and price-positive farm sector performance – 16 per cent better than the past five years – probably won’t be repeated in 2017.
In fact, history suggests it might take more than a decade to happen again.”