SHEEP CENTRAL – “MERINO sheep in a nine-year South Australian cropping trial have been shown to improve productivity and profitability, particularly in a higher input system, with no apparent negative effect on soil or system health.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUCTIONSPLUS wool sales last week reflected the solid market as exporters, brokers and growers enjoyed consistent demand from buyers.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S sheep meat and wool industries should be served by a single research and development, Meat & Livestock Australian managing director Richard Norton has told a recent MLA forum.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “The March to May 2018 rainfall outlook issued this morning shows large parts of central and southeastern Australia are likely to have a drier than average autumn.”
ABC NEWS, WA Country Hour – by Kit Mochan – “A farmer says he is “gutted” after losing around $50,000 worth of pregnant sheep in what appears to be a well planned and executed heist. The news comes at a time when Australian farmers are on high alert as sheep prices hit record highs and thefts increase.
Merino stud breeder Collyn Garnett is the second farmer to come forward as a victim to Gnowangerup police in the space of weeks, after Mr Garnett’s neighbour Kevin Wise reported 80 wether weaners stolen a fortnight ago.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales – Rural Reporter – “Canberra has announced an independent inquiry into the performance and governance of Australia’s key wool marketing body, after its chairman admitted last October to breaching its own code of conduct and damaging the organisation’s standing.
Australian Wool Innovation, the successor of the former Wool Board, has earned the ire of growers for its alleged lack of transparency, accountability and poor board governance, amid calls for its controversial chairman Wal Merriman to resign.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – ” 2017 SHEEP FARMER OF THE YEAR FINALIST
Georgina and Hamish Wallace
A RECORD run of wool prices made 2017 the year of the Merino sheep. And riding high on this wave of success was Tasmanian sheep producer Georgina Wallace.”
CROOKWELL GAZETTE – by Brad Cartwright – “In front of a large crowd of well over 260 people, leading steward Shannon Arnall informed all spectators of the work the committee does behind the scene to make the event such a success.
Major sponsor ANZ Agribusiness were well represented at the presentation and the on-farm judging with Agribusiness Relationship Manager Andrew Treweeke announcing the placegetters.”
BOMBALA TIMES – by Jamie Brown – “Last-standing producers of traditional style super-fine Merino wool are finding themselves in the box seat when it comes to choosing a buyer.
With a rapidly dwindling volume of the right stuff and increasing demand from luxury quarters, Italian mills are working hard to woo customers as they bid for security of supply.”
SUPPLY CHAIN BRAIN – by The Wall Street Journal – “Wool isn’t just for winter wear anymore, and its use in everything from shoes to underwear briefs is pushing prices of merino, the most popular type of wool fiber for clothes, to near-record highs.”