THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “MURRAY Woods couldn’t have picked a better year to grow his first wool clip.
Great seasonal conditions and improving wool prices have left him pleased to have chosen Merinos to kickstart his sheep operation.
Mr Woods sold 14 bales of Merino fleece wool with an average of 16.6 microns for a top of $1148 a bale at the wool stores in Melbourne last week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “ABOUT $1.8 million will be spent on wild dog management in South Australia next year, but the state government is continuing to ignore sheep producer calls for funding to employ professional trappers south of the state’s dog fence.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Despite losing nearly 1000 shareholders last year, the Eastern Market Indicator’s (EMI) year-on-year climb of 150 cents a kilogram helped return an extra $2 million to Australian Wool Innovation’s coffers.
During last week’s annual general meeting in Sydney, NSW, AWI chairman Wal Merriman claimed the industry group was responsible for the improved demand for Australian wool due to the targeted marketing portfolio in 2015-16.”
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.”