GUIDE2 – Contributor Fuseworks Media – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that the 6,150 bales on offer from the North Island saw an 70 percent clearance with slightly easier levels compared to the last comparable North Island auction.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “DESPITE waiting for well-needed rain at their properties in South Australia, Kevin and Chris Whenan are reaping the rewards of a good season and increasing wool prices.
The father-son-duo sold more than 200 bales at the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne earlier this month on the back of a “solid season” at their Port Augusta property where they run about 12,000 Merino ewes and crossbred lambs.”
NZ FARMER – by Brittany Pickett and Tim Cronshaw – “Woolsheds are filling up with unsold bales, with some farmers holding onto their wool in hopes a low market will rebound.
PGG Wrightson general manager of wool Cedric Bayley said the crossbred wool market had become extremely fragile since the Chinese market had effectively closed down.
The Chinese had previously bought about 50 per cent of the New Zealand clip. Chinese purchases had reduced to a low of about 30 per cent, and were now back up to 35-40 per cent, he said.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “INSPIRATION rather than retaliation was the motive for a one-woman photographic tour of 16 working WA wool sheds to document the story of what happens with wool.
Professional photographer and wool classer Chantel McAlister – she recently qualified as a master classer – admitted her The Truth About Wool campaign could easily be misconstrued as a promotional counter punch to controversial People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaigns.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Stuart Armitage, QFF President – “It is no secret that Queensland’s agricultural sector has a reliance on international labour and workers, particularly during peak seasonal demands when labour is difficult to access. It is also no secret the often unfortunate reasons behind why many in our sector cannot attract of the required talent to fill the required roles.
The Federal Government recently announced it was scrapping the 457 visa class and replacing it with two new visa classes – a short term two-year visa and a medium term four-year visa with different occupations in each class. “
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL grower-owned Graziers Investment Company Ltd expects to receive $A690,000 of its funds held by the Reserve Bank of India this financial year as it prepares to distribute an estimated $20 million in assets to GIC shareholders this year.”
AGRILAND (IRELAND) – by Stephen Bourke – “Australian market analysts have pointed to farmers switching back to keeping Merino wethers for wool as one factor causing low slaughter numbers this spring.
Merino wool prices have been buoyant for several years, and rock-bottom grain prices have made it particularly attractive to hold onto stock, even as Australia faces into a dry year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “DEMAND for lamb has softened from the extreme levels seen before Easter, however the market remains disrupted by short trading weeks caused by public holidays.
Prices on Monday were generally $5 to $10 lower at Bendigo, with some of the heaviest lambs experiencing bigger discounts as one major export buyer sat out the sale.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Shepparton News – “The annual Strong Wool Sheep and Wool Fair will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the Benalla Showgrounds on May 7.
Started in 1988 by the late Rob Hull, a prominent Romney sheep breeder, the show is run by the Strong Wool Breeders Association and welcomes exhibitors from across Victoria and southern NSW.”
THE ARARAT ADVERTISER – “The Hamilton/Ararat branches of the Australian Superfine Woolgrowers Association will hold the sixth annual re-union Dinner at Grange Burn Motel, Hamilton, on Saturday May 13.”