WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “THE wool industry revival continues with producers who stayed in the game enjoying much better returns and hoping that seasonal conditions will give them support very soon.
Facebook users will find the Classings in the race and Classic Merino postings of great interest and many of the video clips show us where much of the modern wool industry is headed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “THE wool market had a strong run towards the Easter recess with nearly all microns lifting last week.
The Eastern Market Indicator lifted 27c/kg clean to 1778c/kg.
Elders Bairnsdale district wool manager Mal Nicholls said the Australian dollar fell on Wednesday, prompting a lift in the market.”
AGRILAND – by Rachel Martin – “Ulster Wool’s first representative – Brendan Kelly – hasn’t even started yet but already faces a challenging three-year term, taking over in the midst of a rebrand and a year into Brexit discussions.
At no other time has so much been at stake in trade talks – something Kelly says could be potentially devastating to the industry. “
ECOTEXTILE NEWS – by David Styles – “BRUSSELS – Ahead of its annual conference, set to be held in May, the IWTO (International Wool Textile Organisation) has released its latest Wool Review which demonstrates a predominant theme of promoting the natural fibre’s environmental credentials.”
TELEGRAPH & ARGUS – by Emma Clayton – “THE late Mark Keighley spent his working life in Bradford’s two major industries – wool textiles and engineering. After several years editing the company newspaper of Hepworth & Grandage, one of the city’s “Big Three” engineering firms, he joined the Bradford-based Wool Record in 1962.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “FEDERAL Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud’s office has failed to clarify Australian Wool Innovation’s ongoing involvement with administration of a supposed independent review of the wool levy-funded body’s performance and governance.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Tropical cyclone Marcus produced moderate to heavy falls in the Top End in the Northern Territory; also in the north Kimberley in Western Australia. A cold front produced widespread rainfall and isolated thunderstorms in western Tasmania.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – ” About 170 people took part in a two-day self-drive tour visiting eight merino studs in Central Otago earlier this month.
The tour was held in conjunction with the Otago Merino Association Awards, which were announced at a formal dinner in Alexandra on March 16.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “Two current World champions have confirmed they will be competing in the shearing sports at the 175th anniversary Royal Easter Show in Auckland this weekend.
The two are Napier shearer John Kirkpatrick and South Island-based Gisborne woolhandler Joel Henare, who won their respective World individual titles at the 40th anniversary World shearing and woolhandling championships in Invercargill in February last year.”
ABC NEWS – NSW Country Hour – by David Claughton, Michael Condon, Ashlee Charlton – “The New South Wales Government has committed $475,000 to improve the Q fever vaccine and raise awareness of the condition.
Q fever is a bacterial infection spread to humans from animals including cattle, sheep, goats, kangaroos, feral pigs, cats and dogs.”