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THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales, Reporter Rural/Regional Affairs – “The historic birthplace of the modern merino sheep and Australia’s golden era of wool prosperity is for sale, with the legendary Wanganella, Peppinella and Boonoke sheep stations in southern NSW being touted to overseas buyers as part of a potential $330 million deal.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “THE wool market’s 1500c clean has a nice ring to it – and that was the new record level reached for the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) last week.
All micron categories benefited from strong buyer appetite and a relatively small offering of only 40,000 bales. The few best style superfine lots available were more than 150c dearer, and in general superfine indicators moved 75c higher than the previous close.”
NZ FARMER – “France’s top diplomat showed she was not above getting her hands dirty in the shearing shed in Masterton on Saturday.
French Ambassador to New Zealand, Florence Jeanblanc-Risler, found herself on the venerable Golden Shears boards on finals day to shear a sheep, with a little help from a seasoned pro.
A new career-path could be beckoning for the ambassador who said she wants to compete for her country when it hosts the world championships in 2019.”
THE AVON VALLEY & WHEATBELT ADVOCATE – Wheatbelt Development Commission – “The wheatbelt is Western Australia’s most significant farming region for meat, wool, eggs and milk production. Other emerging industries include a camel dairy and ostrich farming.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports NZ – “NEW Zealand shearer Rowland Smith from Hawke’s Bay has completed an amazing reply to his omission from the New Zealand World Championships team with a clean sweep of major events on the final night of the 57th Golden Shears in Masterton at the weekend.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP and lamb numbers skyrocketed on AuctionsPlus last week, as conditions continue to dry off across the country. Producers looking to lighten-off stocking rates heading into Autumn pushed listings out to 128,542 head, an increase of 82pc on the previous week. Young Merino ewe prices were up, averaging $164.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release – Shearing Sports New Zealand – “RESULTS from the 57th Golden Shears Shearing and Woolhandliung Championships in Masterton, NZ, on March 2-4, 2017:
Lister Shearing Transtasman Shearing Test (12 sheep – 6 merinos, 3 long wools, 3 lambs): New Zealand 225.3534pts (R owland Smith 17min 45.072sec, 73.67pts; Nathan Stratford 18min 1.987sec, 75.016pts; Tony Coster 17min 50.029sec, 76.667pts) beat Australia 237.969pts (Jason Wingfield 15min 51.416sec, 75.071pts; Shannon Warnest 16min 58.816sec, 78.357pts; Daniel McIntyre 17min 39.154sec, 84.541pts). Godfrey Bowen Trophy (best quality points): Rowland Smith (New Zealand).”
BUSINESS SCOOP – Article – Business Desk – by Tina Morrison – ” New Zealand’s wool market picked up at the latest weekly auction, achieving the highest clearance rate this year, on increased volumes.
Some 15,209 bales were offered at yesterday’s double sale across the North and South islands, with 89 percent sold, the highest clearance rate since Dec. 22, according to AgriHQ. At the last double sale event a fortnight ago, 2,500 bales were withdrawn by growers prior to auction, with 77 percent of the remaining 13,000 sales being sold.”
DAILY LIBERAL – by Kim Bartley – “Fashionistas are expected to flock to Western Plains Cultural Centre (WPCC) in Dubbo for an exhibition that will be equally appealing to admirers of wool-inspired art.”