THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – ” PRICES couldn’t maintain their rush skywards in what was a shorter selling week for the wool market because of Australia Day.
The Eastern Market Indicator finished the week at 1412c/kg, down 27c/kg, which led to a much higher pass-in rate of more than 13 per cent.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – by Samuel White – “Some of the world’s best will converge in Balclutha this weekend for the Otago Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.
Shearing Sports New Zealand South Island committee chairman Michael Hogan anticipated about 220 shearing and woolhandling competitors would travel to Balclutha for the championship events to be held on Friday and Saturday.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – ” MORE producers need to fill out the National Wool Declaration, according to industry.
And while there have been calls to mandate the document, it does not look likely it will happen.
The Australian Wool Exchange industry services advisory committee has just completed its yearly review of the NWD and will present its recommendations to the board at its next meeting later this month.”
STOCK & LAND – “THE Peter Westblade Merino Memorial Challenge (PWMMC) is said to have proven the accuracy of the new DNA Flock Profiler Test under development by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep CRC.”
WEST COAST SENTINEL – by Catherine Miller – “SOUTH Australia’s fine woolgrowers are celebrating their best returns in at least five years, receiving $2000 to $2400 a bale.
The Eastern Market Indicator recently hit a record 1079 cents a kilogram, largely driven by rises in the 18 micron and below categories.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stephen Burns – “The reputation of the Great Southern Supreme Merino (GSSM) show in Canberra as one of the premier events showcasing outstanding Merino and Poll Merino sheep drew entries from across NSW, along with Victoria, SA and WA.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – “…WOOL
Last week’s combined island auction again found new lows for crossbred wool, and prices are now back to levels last seen seven years ago.
Poorer quality wools have been heavily discounted and those with product poorly prepared and stained with rain received considerably less than well presented lines….”
NZ FARMER – by Graham Butcher – “What is happening with wool? I had a session with a wool broker and worked out an average in-the-hand greasy value for main shear crossbred wool for this season, as of the last sale.
With a colour of 3.5, typical for this season, 73 per cent yield, 15 cents a kilogram sale costs – the in-the-pocket value is $2.15/kg and that’s for fleece. All of that is based on a clean auction price of $3.15”
BORDER CHRONICLE – “Local shearing expert Shannon Warnest received a great honor in his home town of Willalooka at Thursday’s Australia Day Ceremony.”
EYRE PENINSULA TRIBUNE – by Catherine Miller – “GUN Willalooka shearer Shannon Warnest, who visited Sims Farm at Cleve last year to work with local students, is in the form of his life, hoping to clinch a third world championship next month.”