QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Beale – “The historic fall in superfine, traditional-type wool fleeces in the past two decades has European luxury fabric makers bidding large in an effort to stimulate a recovery of Saxon and Traditional fine crimping Merino wool.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “WOOL growers still do not know how an online trade portal will be funded, despite Australian Wool Innovation giving it the go-ahead.
However, a costing, timing and business case for funding approval for the Wool Exchange Portal will be provided to the AWI board next April.
At the AWI annual general meeting in Sydney last week growers were told the board had accepted the recommendation by the WEP steering committee to create the portal.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “WOOL prices rebounded last week by as much as 40c/kg despite a large offering and several big sales to come.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator climbed 24c/kg and all but the 28-micron indicator showed gains in a much more positive result for growers.
The previous week, prices had fallen because of the unrest in financial markets caused by the US presidential election of Donald Trump.”
CAPITAL PRESS THE WEST’S AG WEBSITE (us) – by Sean Ellis – “SUN VALLEY, Idaho — The U.S. sheep industry was challenged to embrace some lofty goals during the West Central States Wool Growers Convention, which included ranchers from Idaho, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming.”
LEADER COMMUNITY NEWS – by Laura Armitage, Lilydale & Yarra Valley Leader – “A HEARTBROKEN Wandin sheep shearer is appealing for help to find his beloved border collie Jessie who was stolen from the Lilydale Show.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WESTERN Australian sheep producers considering using frost-damaged crops for supplementary feeding have been cautioned to assess the quality of the grain and to evaluate husbandry risks.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOLTRADE has had it biggest trading week in a month, as the supply of wool compounded with a favourable exchange rate last week.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “A perception by brands the Australian wool industry’s animal welfare practices are not up to acceptable standards has seen some Merino wool processors bypass the country to source wool from New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Colin Taylor – “A REVISED version of a well-known sheep handling machine has been unveiled this year, with its latest major showing at last month’s Elmore field days.
The air-operated Peakhandler has been developed for graziers and contractors for a range of purposes, from full crutching, drenching and wigging to capsule insertion, ringing, ear tagging and foot trimming.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “Within three hours of bidding, more than $4 million worth of fleece had crossed a makeshift trading floor at the Canterbury A & P Show.
The final bid ended on a high note if a little behind the expected $7m of fleece transactions leading up to the event to showcase the wool auction system. The inaugural show auction was a 55-year break from the wool sale traditionally held at auction rooms.”