XINHUANET – by Xinhua Writer Xu Haijing – “CANBERRA, March 24 (Xinhua) — When Bernard Wright retired from his position of clerk, the most senior official in the House of Representatives, four years ago, he began to run a family farm 140 km north of Canberra.
For the first time in four years, he was able to invest in a new yard and shed for the farm thanks to the increased revenue brought by the free trade agreement Australia has signed with China.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Digby Hildreth – ” IMAGINE, if you can, a mob of headband-wearing, Lycra-clad sheep puffing away as they run on a treadmill.
It’s a ludicrous thought — sheep don’t need headbands — but the concept of using wearable fitness devices such as Fitbits to monitor the animals’ health and behaviour could soon become a reality, according to researchers at the CSIRO.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Joshua Becker – “New research has shown superfine wool is not a risk factor for children with eczema.
Clinical trials published in the Journal of British Dermatology looked at whether there was a link between fine merino wool and childhood eczema.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Mike Avery – “IT was an interesting week on the auction and the forward markets. After more than 20 auction days of gains, most Merino qualities gave ground into the week’s close.”
SBS- Source: AAP – “… MERINO WOOL NO IRRITANT FOR KIDS WITH ECZEMA … Kids with eczema may no longer have to avoid all woollen clothing for fear of it irritating their skin.
A clinical trial by the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute in Melbourne found superfine merino wool can reduce rather than exacerbate symptoms for kids with mild-to-moderate eczema.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “A quick glance at the unchanged and record equalling weekly close of the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) at 1546ac clean/kg would appear that this week’s Australian wool auctions were rather mundane. This was far from the case, as some radical price movements were in evidence in the market, particularly at the super fine end of the merino offering.”
NBR – by Tina Morrison – “The weak wool market showed some improvement at the latest New Zealand weekly auction in the South Island yesterday.
The average price for 37-micron crossbred fleece rose 5 cents to $4.15 a kilogram from last week’s sale, according to AgriHQ. Finer 28-micron lamb wool increased 15 cents to $4.85/kg, while coarser 30-micron lamb wool fell 15 cents to $4.20/kg, resulting in the lamb wool indicator holding steady for the week, AgriHQ said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MEDIUM Merino wool prices started to slip this week as recent record auction rates boosted bale offerings. However, fine wool continued to appreciate in value, with micron price guides for fleece under 16.5 microns gaining 157 cents in Sydney and 100 cents in Melbourne.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “RECENT gross margin analysis of wool and prime lamb operations is predicting stellar profits for fine wool growers in western Victoria and across Australia at current auction prices.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 24 March 2017 (Week 38)