THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Coming fourth in the World Woolhandling Championships in New Zealand has only whetted Sophie Huf’s appetite for international competition.
Ms Huf, 25, of Hawkesdale, competed this month before big crowds across three days against 40 other wool handlers from 32 countries.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Mike Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “THIS week’s forward market for wool reflected the value of having hedging levels in the market, as sentiment ebbed and flowed.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “At two trade shows, Outdoor Retailer and ISPO 2017, the Woolmark Company showcased the very latest in technological innovations by displaying fabric samples in sport and active outdoor wear.
These included circular knit fabrics with pronounced structures and seamless garments in new yarns, and also a 100 per cent wind and water resistant fabric.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “FINE Merino wool under 18 micron and crossbred fleece sold dearer as the auction market generally firmed this week. AWEX’s benchmark Eastern Market Indicator lifted 3 cents to close at 1440 cents, with brokers passing in 7.6 percent of the 44,938-bale offering.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “A MORE economically viable sheep DNA test for parentage is getting closer to realisation.
Macquarie Artificial Breeders, in central NSW, is moving towards providing a competitively priced DNA parentage verification test for sheep.
The Dubbo-based company became part of the Apiam Group in December last year.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Ganant – “Adelaide university student Royce Pitchford attended the Fremantle wool auction for work experience and appreciated the price rises for a High Valley woolclip consignment that sold for 974 cents/kg greasy through Dyson Jones at the Western Wool Centre. Picture: Bob Garnant
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Tim Newman – “Invercargill has taken the World Shearing Championships to a new level, and opened doors for more big events in the future.
Representatives from both the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships and ILT Stadium Southland gave a glowing review of the event, which attracted attention locally and internationally.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS (NZ) – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s Marketing Executive Malcolm Ching, reports that of the original 15500 bales intended for sale from both centres, 2500 bales were withdrawn by growers prior to the auction with the balance of 13000 bales seeing 76.7 percent sold and most types firm to dearer.
The weighted indicator for the main trading currencies was unchanged with the market reflecting more demand as client buying activity increases.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “FOOTROT has been confirmed in several sheep flocks in South Australia’s mid-north around Clare after increased spring and summer rainfall.”
LANCASTER FARMING (UK) – “The Merino is the most important breed of sheep in the world. It is estimated that fine-wooled sheep account for more than 50 percent of the world’s sheep population.
You can’t visit Australia and New Zealand, which I recently did, and not expect to see a lot of Merino sheep.
Though declining, Merinos still comprise more than 50 percent of the Australian flock. New South Wales is the main wool-producing state. Australia is the world’s largest exporter of wool. Most of the clip is destined for China, but the best-quality fiber goes directly to the fashion industry in Italy.”