SHEEP CENTRAL – by Nick Jeffrey – “AUSTRALIA’s national wool handling champion Sophie Huf has been ranked among the top six chances for the world title in New Zealand this week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “YOUNG Charlie Dunn might be oblivious to the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in New Zealand this week. But on enthusiasm alone, the five-year-old is behaving like a champion in the making, having already shorn his pet lambs with the mulesing shears.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA is on track to hit the $3 billion mark in wool exports for the first time since 2003.”
Western Magazine – by Will Chaffey – “Week starting 6/2/2017
With slightly over 40,000 bales offered nationally last week, the Eastern Market Indicator climbed a further 10c/kg closing at 1,422c/kg.
Looking at the EMI in US dollar terms, there was a 22c/kg hike to close a 1,087c/kg.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Unprecedented levels of wool withdrawn or passed from the market resulted in the smallest offering South Island wool brokers have presented.
Of the original 13,900 bales put up for auction last week, 2100 were withdrawn on the day as sellers chose to hold, as prices were now well below long-term sustainable levels for wool growers, New Zealand Wool Services International chief executive John Dawson said.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “The Woolmark Company is showcasing the latest edition of The Wool Lab Sport at its stand B3.324 at the ongoing ISPO Munich trade fair. It is taking advantage of the explosive growth in demand for sportswear and activewear, and the opportunity for wool as a technical fibre to meet increasingly demanding consumer needs for comfort and performance.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Marshall – “For many farmers 2016 will go down as one of the more memorable and most rewarding in their careers.
Unfortunately however, last year’s unusually productive and price-positive farm sector performance – 16 per cent better than the past five years – probably won’t be repeated in 2017.
In fact, history suggests it might take more than a decade to happen again.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – by Laurel Stowell – “His father Desi sheared 2.25 million sheep over 50 years, and son Kopere Downs reached his first million on a farm near Taihape.
It’s no big deal for a shearer to get that far but there was a small celebration anyway…”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES (NZ) – by Evan Harding – “A world champion South African shearer has been quietly honing his craft in a Southland woolshed ahead of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill this week.
Mayenzeke Shweni is the current world blade shearing champion, and one of two South African blade shearers expected to be strong contenders for victory at the world championships at Stadium Southland from February 8-11.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish Elders northern wool manager – “THE wool market bounced back from last week’s correction with a subdued rise of 10c. Subdued no doubt by the surging Australian dollar, which has had a rocket under it after very good trade surplus numbers, and a generally weaker US currency leading to an exchange rate of US76.5c on Thursday and very nearly breaking the US77c barrier on Thursday night after auctions had closed.”