SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: NZ Wool Services International Ltd – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s CEO Mr John Dawson reports that market conditions remain unchanged with the strong NZ dollar, Chinese inactivity and hand to mouth demand from elsewhere, combined with higher seasonal wool flows, undermining wool values.”
ABC NEWS – by Stephen Letts – “A huge rebound in commodity exports has delivered a record trade surplus of $3.5 billion in December. The surplus expanded by 72 per cent on the upwardly revised $2 billion reported in November, which broke the sequence of 30 consecutive months of deficits”
BORDER CHRONICLE – “For the first time ever, Māori Television is hosting a livestream of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championship 2017, bringing the heart of rural Aotearoa to Australian and global digital screens.”
SMARTCOMPANY.COM.AU – by Dominic Powell – “Online clothing retailer InStitchu has launched its first bricks-and-mortar location outside Australia and New Zealand as demand from international shoppers continues to drive the brand’s growth.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP producers have until the end of the month to contribute to the latest wool and sheep meat industry survey to help monitor flock and producer intentions.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP CRC’S DNA Flock Profile test has been successfully road-tested by the Peter Westblade Merino Memorial Challenge in the lead-up to its commercial release this year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SUPERFINE wool has flourished on the market so far this year, achieving a price premium over broader microns.
The extra work needed to produce wool on the finer end has not been rewarded by better returns for a number of years, but the gap is now starting to widen again.
Last week, the 17 micron indicator in the south finished 250c/kg above the 19 micron indicator.”
NZ FARMER – by Joanna Griffiths – “In the lead up to the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, reporter Joanna Griffiths caught up with farmer Robbie Watkinson and shearer Nathan Stratford learn how to shear a sheep.
Let’s be honest. The closest I have ever come to shearing a sheep is wearing a woollen jumper or shaving my legs after a long winter.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Peter Hunt – “GEELONG City Council’s administrators have spent more than $150,000 upgrading the local saleyards, which will reopen for sheep sales on Monday.
But the administrators are refusing to reopen the cattle yards until the council has costed an occupational health and safety upgrade of the site and analysed future demand for cattle sales from local farmers, which may take until June.”
NZ FARMER – by Dave Nicoll – “International shearers have been soaking up the experience in the first day of a training session at Mount Linton Station, a former champion says.
Shearers from 32 countries spent time learning from top Kiwi shearers in the lead up to the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.”