THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “A FIVE-year high in wool prices could be short-lived as big offerings put pressure on the market this week.
The benchmark eastern market indicator lifted 15c/kg last week to 1378c/kg, the highest it has been since July 2011.
But wool markets were expected to drop yesterday with reports Chinese buyers had pulled back orders.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “HIGH wool values have resulted in improved gross margins in wool-focused enterprises in NSW.
The latest NSW Department of Primary Industries report on sheep enterprise gross margins shows Merino wool enterprises had the greatest growth this year, jumping as much as $9 per dry sheep equivalent compared with last year’s figures.”
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH – by Jane Hansen & Rohan Kelly, The Sunday Telegraph – “THE sweat drips off his furrowed brow as he hunches over the ewe, shears moving at lightning speed.
The ewe, sitting on her backside with legs in the air is resigned to being stripped of her dirt-caked coat. It’s 36 degrees outside, so she’ll probably appreciate it.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ Herald – “Over a couple of thousand lambs were sold at this sale which is the most for the season to date.
The better sale prices of last week could not be sustained with these numbers and the lamb prices were equivalent to a kilogram cheaper or around $5/head.
As could be expected, there are very good spring lambs being put up for sale but the lamb market is suffering some general malaise.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – Posted in Rural News by Tony Chaston – “…WOOL
The South Island auction again failed to inspire and only 80% of the offering sold and at prices behind the last Christchurch sale….”
STOCK & LAND – by Dianna Branson – “Kurra-Wirra
*36 of 46 Merino rams sold to $1200 twice, av $840
KURRA-WIRRA’S 19th on-property sale last Friday at Culla, sold a total of 36 polled and horned rams…”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “PEAK wool industry body WoolProducers Australia (WPA) has strengthened its commitment to foot and mouth disease (FMD) preparedness on behalf of the Australian wool industry.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – by THE TELEGRAPH – “The fortunes for Longwood farmers Ray ‘Kiwi’ Paget and wife Pat seemed to have turned after the couple sold a pen of sheep for $300 a head at last week’s annual Benalla Special Store Sheep Sale.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL market strength flowed onto Wooltrade last week as the physical auctions failed to satisfy the appetite of buyers and exporters.”
TEVONEWS.COM – by Tommy Lee- Massachusetts – ” US Army researchers are hoping that a new wool-based fabric variant will improve flame resistance, breathability and moisture wicking properties in combat uniforms for troops.
The Army is in the process of developing a flame resistant combat uniform which doesn’t need a finishing treatment to protect it from fire. The components of this fabric – 50 per cent wool, 42 per cent Nomex, 5 per cent Kevlar and 3 per cent P140 antistatic fibre – reportedly create flame protection without adding anything extra.”