THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – ” THE Eastern Market Indicator rose yet again last week to 1449c/kg, its highest point in 29 years.
According to the Australian Wool Industries Secretariat, the EMI’s season average is now 1346c/kg, compared with 1248c/kg in the same week last year. It is well above the season average of 1198c/kg achieved in 2011-12, the last time there was a market boost. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Beale – ““The circus has come to town,” Queensland Nationals Senator Barry O’Sullivan chimed during a Senate Estimates hearing scrutinising Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) expenditure.
This set the argy-bargy tone between NSW Liberal Democratic Senator David Leyonhjelm who fired the main questions to AWI’s chief executive Stuart McCullough about the industry group’s spending on the delivery of the WoolPoll – a three-yearly vote by woolgrowers on their levy contribution.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “Bill and David Hume conduct some of their most productive chats out in the sheepyards as they go through the various classes of sheep in their romney stud flock and make decisions about which individuals to cull.
The Pirinoa, southern Wairarapa father and son have been a team since David was very young notes Bill, although the partnership was put on hold for about a decade while David went to university and did his OE.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Jess Davis and Rachel Hayter – “Australia’s peak shearing body says animal cruelty cases heard in western Victoria this week have forever changed the industry.
Four men pleaded guilty to a combined total of 60 animal cruelty charges in the Horsham Magistrates Court on Monday.”
NZ FARMER – by Kate Taylor – “Careful, it’s a wee bit older than I am,” says 79-year-old farmer Jack Roberts with a cheeky laugh as he watches his nephew press a bale of wool in a restored pocket press.”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – by Marty Moses – “WOOL prices increased by 9c/kg with the eastern market indicator settling at 1149c/kg.
Moses and Sons principal, Marty Moses said Merino fleece 18-20 micron categories saw the best improvements, adding 10-20c, while the 16, 17 and 21 MPG’s posted 5-10c for the week. “
ECNS (CHINA) – “Australia’s wool industry is enjoying some of its highest prices in nearly two decades. Analysts say the strength of fine wool sales from the world’s largest producer is being driven by rising demand for high end wool in China…”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “THE draw for the sheep Wagga sale on Thursday, March, 2 is 40,600.
It is a number that is pretty typical for this time of year.
And it is also evidence as to why the Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre claims the number one position as the biggest sheep selling establishment in the country.
If you attend the sale – which many readers of The Rural possibly would at some stage – you know animal welfare is paramount.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S wool grower bodies have aligned behind the need for more industry oversight over levy expenditure after Australian Wool Innovation disclosed high ex-gratia staff severance payments at a Senate estimates hearing.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE Eastern Market Indicator rose yet again last week to 1449c/kg, its highest point in 29 years.
According to the Australian Wool Industries Secretariat, the EMI’s season average is now 1346c/kg, compared with 1248c/kg in the same week last year. It is well above the season average of 1198c/kg achieved in 2011-12, the last time there was a market boost.”