AGRIMONEY.COM – by William Clarke – “Australian lamb and wool prices will hold at their current very high levels, thanks to falling supply and a falling currency, National Australia Bank said.
“Lamb prices have surged in the new year, with the seasonal run-up coming in early summer rather than the usual autumn-winter,” said the bank.”
GISBORNE HERALD – “MATAWAI sheep and beef farmers Eugene and Pania King won three of the nine categories in the East Coast Ballance Farm Environment Awards but the Supreme overall winner was Napier farmer Philip Holt.
A fourth category was taken out by a Gisborne entry: Geoff and Nicola Wright from Wright’s Vineyard and Winery at Manutuke won the Hill Laboratories Harvest Award.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “ALL eastern states lamb indicators fell at the end of last week and in this week’s early trading.
Restocker lambs tumbled the most, losing 13c/kg on Monday, down 50c/kg on the previous week.
It still sits at the highest premium over the same time last year, however, at 680c/kg, 133c/kg. The trade lamb indicator was at 630c/kg on Monday, dropping 30c/kg on the previous week, while heavy lambs lost 37c/kg to finish on 633c/kg. Merino lambs closed Monday at 590c/kg, the only indicator under 600c/kg, but only down 2c/kg.”
JUST-STYLE – by Michelle Russell – “The International Wool Textile Organisation (IWTO) has released a set of guidelines designed specifically for conducting life cycle assessments on wool products to help businesses better understand environmental impacts across the wool supply chain…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices surged higher into record territory this week, with the benchmark AWEX Eastern Market Indicator lifting 51 cents to peak at 1500c/kg clean.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – “One of the many tireless workers and competitors during the World shearing and woolhandling championship in Invercargill earlier this month has been rewarded with a big win on the eve of the 57th Golden Shears.
The three-day Golden Shears start in Masterton today, with Alexandra woolhandler Pagan Karauria heading north with the dream of winning Golden Shears Open title for the first time on Saturday night.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Bridget Carter and Scott Murdoch – Expanding Chinese group Nanshan is ramping up its Australian exposure and is believed to have approached veteran stockbroker Colin Bell to run the ruler over his farming and agricultural empire.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – ” TURNING to science to run a sheep business has placed Ben and Cheryl Duxson and their Glendemar Multi Purpose Merino stud firmly at the top of the flocks.
Ben may be the fifth generation of his family to breed Merinos at Marnoo in Victoria’s Wimmera region, but his approach is anything but traditional. So much so he looks outside the sheep industry, to cropping, for his vision.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “SHEEP and irrigation are a rare coupling, but it’s a double-act that’s paying dividends for Victorian sheep producers Andy and Andrea McNaughton.
It was in 2012, at the end of a drought, that the McNaughtons — sixth-generation wool growers from Seaspray in Gippsland — reassessed their operation and dramatically altered course.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WOOL prices have risen yet again, with vendors receiving up to 20 per cent more than valuation.
John Higgins and son Chris sold two thirds of their 17-18 micron Merino clip at the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne last week, which sold between 100c/kg and 120c/kg more than expected.”