SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S wool production is expected to increase to 339 million kilograms this financial year, but it might be too early to tell if this means the steady decline in farm fibre output for more than 20 years has turned around.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – by Sally Rae – “Growing volumes of unsold wool are now at levels not seen in proportion to the New Zealand wool clip for a generation, wool brokers say.
Prices dropped at this week’s South Island wool sale in Christchurch, where mainly crossbred wools were offered.
There was continued grower resistance to selling at market levels, which had resulted in the steadily growing unsold volumes, PGG Wrightson Wool’s South Island sales team said.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Article: BusinessDesk – by Tina Morrison – ” Less wool than forecast was offered at New Zealand’s weekly auction as farmers held back bales from sale in anticipation prices may lift in the future.
Just 8,444 bales were put up for sale at yesterday’s South Island auction, 20 percent below expectations, according to AgriHQ. Even with the low number of bales on offer, the clearance rate remained subdued at 67 percent, lagging behind the 71 percent clearance rate for the season to date, AgriHQ said.”
TOWN & COUNTRY MAGAZINE – “Canberra’s award-winning Old Bus Depot Markets will host its first ever two-day event focused on wool. ‘A Celebration of Wool’, previously a single day event, will this year take place over a weekend and highlight more than 45 wool producers, makers and creators from the region and interstate.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOL production is expected to increase 4.3 per cent this financial year, as excellent seasonal conditions result in widespread lifts in fleece weights.
The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) expect production in 2016-17 will reach 339 million kilograms greasy, a rise partly attributed to an increase retention of sheep.”
LANCASTER FARMING (UK) – by Rick Hemphill, Md./Va. Correspondent – “WESTMINSTER, Md. — Fifteen students from Maryland, Virginia and Pennsylvania traveled to the Ridgely Thompson Farm in Carroll County, Maryland, for a two-day hands-on seminar to learn the Australian method of shearing sheep. “The Australian method is the most efficient in terms of getting the fleece off in one piece and moving the sheep around,” said Emily Chamelin-Hickman, co-instructor and professional shearer, who learned at this school and now shears 15,000 sheep a year.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Growing volumes of unsold wool are now at levels not seen in proportion to the New Zealand wool clip for a generation, wool brokers say.
Prices dropped at this week’s South Island wool sale in Christchurch, where mainly crossbred wools were offered.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “TRIALS into flushing ewes on green feed during joining are continuing after positive early results.
Agriculture Victoria livestock extension officer Gervaise Gaunt has finished phase one of a trial, short-term flushing of ewes on green feed at joining, finding it can deliver reproduction benefits.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “GENETIC gain should be a key performance indicator for livestock producers., according to Sheep Technical Specialist with DPI Luke Stephen.
Demonstrating the range in gain between the top and bottom 20 per cent of farmers, based on profit indexes, Mr Stephen showed a recent leading breeder’s forum just how big the gap was.”
THE ARMIDALE EXPRESS – by Rachel Baxter – “Groundbreaking technology has led to the production and website launch of what’s believed to be the world’s first machine-washable, ultrafine merino wool range for pregnant women and babies.”