NBR – by Tina Morrison – “The weak wool market showed some improvement at the latest New Zealand weekly auction in the South Island yesterday.
The average price for 37-micron crossbred fleece rose 5 cents to $4.15 a kilogram from last week’s sale, according to AgriHQ. Finer 28-micron lamb wool increased 15 cents to $4.85/kg, while coarser 30-micron lamb wool fell 15 cents to $4.20/kg, resulting in the lamb wool indicator holding steady for the week, AgriHQ said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MEDIUM Merino wool prices started to slip this week as recent record auction rates boosted bale offerings. However, fine wool continued to appreciate in value, with micron price guides for fleece under 16.5 microns gaining 157 cents in Sydney and 100 cents in Melbourne.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “RECENT gross margin analysis of wool and prime lamb operations is predicting stellar profits for fine wool growers in western Victoria and across Australia at current auction prices.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 24 March 2017 (Week 38)
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kath Sullivan and Lyndal Reading – “AUSTRALIA’S paper-based system of tracking sheep and goats has failed….”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “With 36 years of wool industry experience, John Colley now runs both Australia’s biggest independent wool brokerage ($500 million turnover) and the country’s biggest natural fibre knitwear manufacturer.
Mr Colley, who is Australian WoolNetwork managing director, spoke at the Stud Merino Breeders Association of WA annual meeting in Cottesloe last week.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “A FOOTROT vaccine for specific strains is now available to Australian farmers.
The vaccine, being manufactured by Treidlia Biovet, can only be used after testing to determine which virulent serogroups of footrot are in the flock.
Footrot is caused by a bacteria that requires warm, moist conditions, with Merinos among the most susceptible sheep breed.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that despite a slightly stronger New Zealand dollar compared to the last sale on 16th March the 9835 bales on offer were firm to dearer, with 82 percent sold.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Wool broker principals have raised doubts about the regional relocation of Sydney’s wool auctions to Goulburn, as Australian Wool Handlers (AWH) extends the company’s long-term lease at Yennora.
SHEEP CENTRAL – “CSIRO scientists have confirmed the first pest rabbits in Victoria to die from the newly-released Korean strain of calicivirus, known as RHDV1 K5. Two dead rabbits were found near a release site at Tanybryn, south-west of Melbourne, and another was found near a release site at Kaniva in western Victoria.”