ABC NEWS – ABC RURAL by Tyne Logan – “Earlier this week, West Australian farmer Trevor McIntosh ordered a shearing team with an average age of 75 years. But at 85 years old himself, it was not much of an issue, especially after finding himself in predicament when his usual shearer pulled out.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “POSITION, position, position – the old real estate sales adage can, in a market correction, apply to selling wool as much as to selling houses.
That was the case at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) on Wednesday last week with two of Elders’ woolgrower clients from the Esperance area proving sale order position made a difference.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “IT was a positive close to the wool selling activities for the year as we now await the arrival of the big guy in the red suit.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “A PEN of 200 1 ½-year-old, first cross Border Leicester-Merino ewes topped the store sale at Wycheproof today, selling for $252.
Less than 6000 sheep were yarded, with a small crowd attending due to harvest.
The first cross ewes bottomed at $224, while Merino ewes ranged from $188 for 230 1 ½-year-olds to $116 for older sheep.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “CONTINUING solid demand for wool from China, especially for Merino fleece, pushed prices to a record calendar year level this week, in the final auction series for 2016.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION LIMITED – Wool market review – week ending 16 December 2016 (Week 24)
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE wet winter has been a double edge sword for woolgrowers with increased seed germination resulting in significant price discounts for wool contaminated with burrs and seeds.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Australian wool prices remained extraordinarily strong and stable during the first half of the wool selling season 2016-17. The Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) pushed higher to close out at 1355ac clean/kg, representing a gain of 6ac clean/kg, during the final sale of the first half of the season held at Australian wool auctions this week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery – “BOTH the auction and forward Merino markets finished the year strongly, but bidding depth is expected to fall away as buyers look to a well-earned break after a very volatile first half of the season.”
DAILY POST (UK) – by Andrew Forgrae – “National sheep fleece competition was won by a family of noted Bluefaced Leicester breeders from GaerwenA sheep fleece originating from North Wales has been named Britain’s best in 2016 for the quality of its wool. The fleece, from a Bluefaced Leicester ewe, was produced by Anglesey farmers Myrfyr and Jayne Roberts.”