FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “FROM superfine Merino wool production to organic crossbred lambs, Rob and Anne Battley, Gelfro Farm, Williams, aren’t afraid to try something different.
Rob said he was a fine wool Merino man from way back, but it isn’t wool bringing in the bacon these days at Gelfro Farm – it’s all about the organic produce.
“We realised our property is situated in such a way that lends itself to organic farming,” Anne said.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “PRICES remained firm this afternoon at the Wycheproof store sheep sale.
The top price paid was $330 for a pen of scanned-in-lamb, May 2016-drop first-cross Merino ewes sold by Hemley Pastoral at Stawell to a buyer from Euroa.
Further lots of first-cross ewes ranged from $308 down to $250.”
NZ HERALD – by Rebecca Howard – “New Zealand’s wool market remained weak at the latest South Island auction as tepid off-shore interest and the stronger New Zealand dollar weighed on clearance.
Of the 8,065 bales offered 65 per cent cleared, back further on the season to date clearance rate of 75 per cent and well down on last year’s 89 per cent clearance rate, AgriHQ said.”
TOWN & COUNTRY MAGAZINE – Source: Australian Wool Exchange – “Week 48 saw only 28,459 offered to the trade.
And still, the benchmark Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) fell for a fourth consecutive week.
The last time the Eastern Market Indicator rose was in Week 44, when it managed an impressive 43 cent rise.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “SELF-PROCLAIMED sheep whisperer and shearer Pera Davies would like to see the world’s shearers hitting the yoga mats during their breaks.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “THE market struggled at auction and in the front months of the forwards as a lack of offshore demand signals, particularly in the finer wools, put continued pressure on prices.”
TREE HUGGER – by Derek Markham – “WooBox uses two old-school materials to redesign an eco-friendly container for transporting fresh food.
Styrofoam, the common name for the more accurately called expanded polystyrene, is used in a huge variety of applications, from consumer packaging to industrial transport, and like the rest of the plastics family, is both insanely useful and ridiculously polluting at the same time. Its cheap cost, ease of forming by injection, extrusion, vacuum, and molds, and light weight makes it a great material for mass-produced items, but at a high environmental cost.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “There’s no money on the table, but the Remote Area Planning and Development Board is surveying the amount of ongoing interest in strategic cluster fencing in the state’s central west.”
NBR – by Rebecca Howard – “New Zealand’s wool market remained weak at the latest South Island auction as tepid off-shore interest and the stronger New Zealand dollar weighed on clearance.
Of the 8,065 bales offered 65 percent cleared, back further on the season to date clearance rate of 75 percent and well down on last year’s 89 percent clearance rate, AgriHQ said.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – THE YARN PODCAST Episode 15