NZ FARMER – by Jill Galloway – ” ‘Tis the season to be buying rams for work next year for North Island farmers.
PGG Wrightson Livestock genetic manager, Callum Stewart said farmers would continue to buy two tooth rams at the major sales in the North Island to the end of December, and in the South Island a little later, usually in January and February.”
ABC RURAL – by Amy McCosker – “Wool prices have hit their highest levels in five years thanks, in part, to fashion companies experimenting with the fibre.
The northern market indicator finished last week at 1441 cents a kilogram clean. The last time wool traded that high was in 2011.”
NZ FARMER – by Jill Galloway – “Marcel Thwaites gave up being a shearer 15 years ago and now judges the country’s top shearers.
“We judge on the shearing board, and out the back to see what ridges and cuts a sheep might have,” says Thwaites. “The shearer is judged on the number of second cuts they make as well.””
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “ANOTHER good week for sellers of wool in Australia, although the market did show some signs of topping out last week as it was unable to sustain the momentum even though the currency eased favourably overnight on Wednesday. “
STOCK & LAND – “Listing their sale catalogue via the RamSelect Plus app has showcased the value of early adoption of new breeding technologies and opened new markets for the students at Farrer Memorial Agricultural High School…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices are expected to increase 6.9 percent in 2016-17 and boost production, according to National Australia Bank.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “U.S. Army researchers are developing a light wool-based fire-resistant fabric to improve combat uniforms. The Army has developed a fabric composed of 50 percent wool, 42pc Nomex, 5pc Kevlar and 3pc P140 anti-static fibre.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S biggest wool processor has dodged potential closure after securing a last-minute deal on natural gas supply for 2017, but at double 2016 rates.”
THE SHEEP SITE – USDA National Wool Review – 5 December 2016
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s unique student design competition, Wool4School, will be open to Year 12 students for the first time, in 2017, and entrants will be required to design woollen garments suitable for global stars like Ariana, Adele, Sia and Justin Bieber.”