SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “IT was an interesting week on the wool forwards market. Volume was moderate in a week where unprecedented spring levels where paid.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook – “A scientific breakthrough with merino sheep genetics will give farmers on flat land the ability to farm high value merino without the headache of footrot disease.”
Q&A With Gabriela Hearst, Founder of Gabriela Hearst and 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize Womenswear Winner
BUTTERBOOM – “Designer Gabriela Hearst hails from Uruguay and is based in New York. Coincidentally, the winner of the 2016/17 International Woolmark Prize Womenswear winner grew up on a sheep farm. Fusing her love for all things wool and her love for fashion, she launched her fashion label in 2015, creating a brand that focuses on knitwear and has made sleek silhouettes using wool her trademark look.”
NZ FARMER – by Chris Irons – ” It’s incredibly frustrating that wool is languishing as the cellar-dweller in returns to farmer producers.
Given wool’s incredible attributes, and world markets that supposedly are clamouring for products that are renewable, natural, biodegradable and healthy, New Zealand wool should be doing just fine.”
VOXY.CO.NZ – Contributor Fuseworks Media – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s General Manager, Mr John Dawson reports that the North Island offering this week, made up predominantly of short coarse second shear wools compared to the more varied South Island longer selection last sale on 15th June, saw prices ease.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Bruce Gibbs plans to return to the wool industry next year if he can find “good, physical work” as a wool classer.
The 68-year-old has kept his certification active for more than 40 years after retiring from the industry to start a lawnmowing business in Perth.
Now based in Willetton, Mr Gibbs has fond memories of working in regional wool sheds and Dalgety Wool Stores in Perth.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – “The Western Market Indicator soared to 1567c/kg last week, a rise of 63c, making it the highest for the season and the highest since Australian Wool Industries Secretariat Inc. started recording the data in 2006-07.
The AWEX EMI finished 28¢ higher (1.9 per cent) in Australian currency and 31¢ higher (2.8 per cent) in US currency at sales in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “INCREASES in wool, lamb, beef, live cattle and dairy export earnings are forecast to keep Australia’s gross value of farm production above average next financial year.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Tinkering at the edges of change in the meat and wool sectors are ”not going to cut it”, Federated Farmers meat and fibre chairman Rick Powdrell says.
In his final address at the rural lobby organisation’s national conference in Wellington this week, Mr Powdrell said it was time for ”big sky forward thinking” on the cost, marketing and competition challenges.”
FARM WEEKLY – “THE Robinson family of Bedar, in the shadow of Woondillon rock at Babakin, have capped their best dollar returns from their sheep enterprise that coincided with a timely sequence of farm business decisions, to win WAMMCO’s prime lamb producer of the month title for May 2017.”