SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “IT was a busy and challenging week for all participants across the Australian wool pipeline last week, including brokers, exporters and forward traders.”
NZ FARMER – “Wool prices were firm for better style and colour fleece but poorer styles attracted less interest at the Christchurch wool sale last week.
Finer crossbred wool types showed slight improvement leading up to the Chinese New Year. Early season lamb’s wool met steady demand but lots with higher seed content were discounted.”
THE HERALD SCOTLAND – by Rog Wood, Farming Correspondent – “…. My preference was for woolly balaclavas which were tightly-knit with a slightly fluffy finish on the outside. When it rained, water sat on the surface of the hat rather than penetrating and soaking it. As long as I regularly shook the water off, it kept my head dry in all but the worst rain. Even when it did get soaked, it still kept me warm.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “CONCERNS over future fine wool supplies have pushed the Australian wool market to its highest level since 2011.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “LIVESTOCK producers are being warned to watch for perennial rye-grass toxicosis this summer.
Agriculture Victoria issued a warning about potential deaths from the condition, with outbreaks after wet springs and dry summers.
Senior veterinary officer Rob Suter said the toxicosis shows up as staggers, ill thrift, heat stress, scours and potentially lower fertility.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce mcLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “SPECTACULAR LIFT: The wool market opened with major gains for all Merino types this week. LIKE New Year’s Eve fireworks, the wool market opened with plenty of vim and vigour this week with spectacular gains for all Merino types.”
YAHOO NEWS – AFP NEWS – “Raf Simons is teaming up with the Woolmark Company on series of knitwear pieces.
The Belgian designer is working with the textile brand as part of his Fall / Winter 2017 collection, which features fine Merino wool jersey wovens and knits sourced from fabric and yarn manufacturers all over the world. The move is said to be the beginning of a longer-term partnership between the two companies, with the Woolmark Company helping the fashion mogul to source fabrics and create innovative pieces over the course of his forthcoming collections.”
RURAL NEWS – “Wool auctions in the North and South Islands this week produced considerable price variations for comparative types with the North Island levels well below the South’s.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – by Edwin Mitson – “New Zealand Wool Services, the country’s largest wool exporter, says prices at this week’s wool auction fell, in particular for varieties sourced from the North Island.
Compared to the previous North Island selection on December 21, 2016, fine crossbred fleece and shears were firm to 4 percent cheaper, coarse full fleece was 3 to 6 percent cheaper with shears firm to 5 percent cheaper. First lambs fleece were firm to 5 percent cheaper with coarse long oddments up to 7 percent stronger and short oddments 7 percent cheaper.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Mark Phelps – “FEARS of shortages of below 18 micron super and superfines wools have pushed AWEX’s eastern wool market indicator to near record levels.”