WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “BIG BOY: This Collinsville sire broke all industry records when he sold for $330,000 at the 1988 Dubbo ram sale. The buyer planned to sell semen straws at around $45 each and wool market indicators were at about 2017 levels at that time. The crash of the Wool Reserve Price scheme soon after this purchase bankrupted many parties who were involved in the industry…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “LEGENDARY New Zealand shearer Colin Bosher has died in hospital in the West Australian town of Boyup Brook.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Media Release – “Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is holding a shearing industry day to help guide the future of wool harvesting.
While the traditional method continues to serve the industry, over many years, many alternatives to harvesting wool have been invested in. This event will examine the latest knowledge and innovation around the current technologies and ask the vital question of “what next”?
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “TAMWORTH careers advisor Charles Impey would like to see the National Merino Challenge – the Olympics of sheep and wool — hit the road. Despite the challenge’s popularity, as it rotated annually to major state capitals or regional centres, the NMC careers panel facilitator believes the challenge could be bigger if it was more accessible.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A vigorous cold front and low pressure system produced showers and storms in southeastern Australia, bringing moderate rainfall totals, while a series of weak cold fronts brushed the southern coastline, producing mostly light rainfall.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Emily Webb-Ware – “UNIVERSITY of Melbourne student Emily Webb-Ware last weekend went to her first National Merino Challenge at the Royal Melbourne showgrounds. The 19-year-old second year Bachelor of Agriculture student is keen to get experience in agriculture and in rural media before making her first career choice. Here is her report on the event for Sheep Central — Youth in Agriculture – National Merino Challenge 2017.”
THE COROWA FREE PRESS – “Corowa Market held on Monday, May 29 with 9000 lambs yarded a decrease of 1600 from the previous week and 1500 sheep yarded a decrease of 1000.
Numbers decreased in a market that included 1400 merino lambs, prices and overall quality was back on last week, although some excellent lambs were presented and prices eased $5 to $8/head over most categories.”
VOGUE AUSTRALIA – by Angelica Xidias – ”
You heard it here first.
Max Mara has collaborated with The Woolmark Company to create a capsule collection of wool denim in celebration of the brand’s Wool Week — showcasing the unique qualities of Australian Merino wool in the process.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “NEW Zealand’s persistence to “upgrade” its Free Trade Agreement with China is set to chew a slice from Australia’s export agreement with the Asian powerhouse.
A six-month trial has been struck recently between the two countries which will enable NZ to export chilled beef, goat and sheepmeat to China for the first time, and is expected to commence late this year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “DIMINISHING wool production in Australia is the main concern for Chinese top makers — not high prices.
Australia Wool Testing Authority China desk general manager Qiang Wang said last week that given current production he was doubtful Australia could keep up with China’s demand.”