SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP CRC’S DNA Flock Profile test has been successfully road-tested by the Peter Westblade Merino Memorial Challenge in the lead-up to its commercial release this year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SUPERFINE wool has flourished on the market so far this year, achieving a price premium over broader microns.
The extra work needed to produce wool on the finer end has not been rewarded by better returns for a number of years, but the gap is now starting to widen again.
Last week, the 17 micron indicator in the south finished 250c/kg above the 19 micron indicator.”
NZ FARMER – by Joanna Griffiths – “In the lead up to the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, reporter Joanna Griffiths caught up with farmer Robbie Watkinson and shearer Nathan Stratford learn how to shear a sheep.
Let’s be honest. The closest I have ever come to shearing a sheep is wearing a woollen jumper or shaving my legs after a long winter.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Peter Hunt – “GEELONG City Council’s administrators have spent more than $150,000 upgrading the local saleyards, which will reopen for sheep sales on Monday.
But the administrators are refusing to reopen the cattle yards until the council has costed an occupational health and safety upgrade of the site and analysed future demand for cattle sales from local farmers, which may take until June.”
NZ FARMER – by Dave Nicoll – “International shearers have been soaking up the experience in the first day of a training session at Mount Linton Station, a former champion says.
Shearers from 32 countries spent time learning from top Kiwi shearers in the lead up to the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.”
ABC RURAL – by Joshua Becker – “Superfine wool is back returning a premium on the market after five years of low prices.
But a number of wool brokers are concerned it could be too little too late to boost the dwindling supply of good quality fine wool.”
THE GALLOWAY GAZETTE – “Ian Beck from Portpatrick has been nominated as a candidate for election to the British Wool Marketing Board’s Scottish Southern region. The names of the candidates nominated in the Scottish Southern Region are: Ian Beck, South Port O’ Spittal, Portpatrick; Peter Myles, Seventrees, Dalbog, Edzell and James Robertson, Becks Farm, Langholm.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “QUEENSLAND’S problem-solving agricultural students can win up $5000 in prizemoney in the Leading Sheep’s inaugural Sheep and Wool Challenge.”
ABC NEWS – Western Queensland, by Andrea Crothers – “An outback Queensland hotel is embracing the return of sheep to the region by erecting a shearing shed in the pub’s beer garden.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE softened Australian dollar (AUD) is acting as a saving grace for wool buyers as record breaking prices fail to reduce demand for the fibre in the price-sensitive Chinese market.
A current price disparity between the AUD and US dollar (USD) is working in favour of the market, providing high prices for Australian woolgrowers at 1434c/kg clean last week, but a digestible 1079 c/kg in USD terms for buyers. “