QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Ian Alexander passed away unexpectedly in Sydney aged 85 years, on Sunday April 2.
A grazier of pioneering stock he was born on October 20, 1931 at Fairview Private Hospital Moree, to Frederick John and Florence Josephine Alexander. Governess educated on the family property, Murki at Boomi in north-western NSW, he later attended the Knox Grammar school in Sydney where he excelled academically and was remembered as one of the kindest boys at the school. Declining a scholarship to BHP and later the opportunity to manage a cattle ranch in Argentina, he elected instead to return to Murki.”
YASS TRIBUNE – by Phil Graham, South East Local Land Services – “April’s pasture growth rate was 22 kgDM/ha/day and in calculating this figure, I have allowed for the patches of dead grass in the paddock (I estimated this to be 20 per cent). The areas of green pasture would have grown about 27 kg/day for the month.”
NZ FARMER – “Farmers withdrew 14 per cent of the crossbred offering despite an improved bidding tone at the Christchurch wool sale last week.
Renewed activity from wider Asian markets provided slightly improved prices from the last sale on April 20, particularly for longer lambs or early-shorn hogget wools.”
STOCK & LAND – by Jeanette Severs – “The dual purpose reputation of the Merino sheep was illustrated at Gippsland’s annual wether production trial recently.
This was the third year of the three-year trial – every year is an opportunity to assess and value fleeces off the five wethers from 17 participants from Gippsland Hume and Yass.”
STOCK & LAND – by Jeanette Severs – “A resurged effort to train shearers and woolhandlers would pay off in the shearing shed and on the sale floor, according to Tom Kelly, Sports Shear Victoria president.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WILD rabbit numbers are falling in some areas nationally following the release of the new Korean strain of the rabbit haemorrhagic disease virus, RHDV1 K5, in March.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE extraordinary superfine wool market gains experienced in the past year stands in stark contrast to the price dive experienced by broad wools.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is still considering a business case report on its proposed Wool Exchange Portal, received at the AWI board’s last meeting on April 28.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Extraordinarily strong price rises in the merino sector featured at Australian wool auctions during the week ending May 5, mainly due to demand outstripping supply. Gains of between 3 to 5 per cent were recorded across the 17 to 22 micron area as 3 or 4 of the major buyers exerted extreme purchasing pressure in the suddenly reduced offerings.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders norther wool manager – “CURRENCY again played a large role in the wool market during the past week. Although prices in US dollars rose by 22c on Wednesday, a drop in the value of the local currency meant that prices were able to rise further on Thursday without affecting the prices paid by buyers.”