NZ FARMER – by Rob Tipa – “New Zealand fine woolgrowers have established a special, elite brand on world markets and should stick with what they are doing, according to a respected Australian wool industry leader.
Victorian stud merino breeder Jock Macrae is a former vice-president of the Australian Stud Merino Breeders’ Association and has judged merinos in most states of Australia. He was the guest judge of the merino section of the Upper Clutha A&P Show in Wanaka on the weekend.”
TECHVICITY – by Abhilash Thakur – “… The Merino Runners are the epitome of the modern sneaker, combining functionality, style, and of course, comfort. To me, they look like a lot of the classic sneakers on the shelves right now. In fact, I have a pair of sneakers that looks just like them in my closet. But, there is way more to Merinos than meets the eye.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “VICTORIAN saleyard managers have been told they should find a way to stimulate quick reporting of sheep identification registrations and movements electronically.”
FINANCIAL REVIEW – by Dan Thawley – “The name Ermenegildo Zegna may not roll off the tongue of many anglophones, but it is renowned as the epitome of the Italian tradition of men’s suiting – and it happens to have a long association with Australia’s wool industry.
For Zegna not only counts as a key player in the luxury menswear market, it quietly produces the lion’s share of fine wool fabrics and finished garments for a slew of other high-end labels like Gucci and Versace.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE wool market has risen for the sixth consecutive week, hitting a record high.
The Eastern Market Indicator closed at 1522c/kg, up 22c/kg week on week.
It has only ever sat above this level for four weeks, in 1988, prior to the collapse of the floor price in 1991.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Andrew Farran – “THE grilling last month of the top personnel of Australian Wool Innovation by the Senate rural and regional affairs and transport legislation committee was revealing and disturbing to wool growers for a number of reasons.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Joanna Prendergast – “A turnaround in the price of wool is a boon for Australia’s sheep industry.
Driven by increased demand from China, a bale of wool can now fetch up to $3,000.
Sheep farmers and shearing contractors across Australia are rejoicing as the Eastern Market Indicator continues climb, finishing at the sale at 1,522 cents a kilogram.”
THE INVERELL TIMES – “Cattle and sheep producers have been hit by stock thieves, with investigations underway.
New England Rural Crime Unit are currently investigating the theft of 21 Hereford and Hereford/Angus crossbred, mixed-sex weaners from the Rickeys Lane, Nullamanna area.”
THE STANDARD – “Victorian farmers started 2017 on a positive note, with four out of five expecting this year to be similar to or even better than last year, Rabobank’s quarterly Rural Confidence Survey says.
Much of the positive outlook has been driven by renewed optimism in the dairy sector, with farm gate margins set to improve throughout 2017, Rabobank said.”
WALLOWA COUNTY CHIEFTAIN – by Kathleen Ellyn – “June Colony of Lostine has reached a milestone in creating a wool-producing sheep extraordinaire.
She’s been breeding her sheep for 14 years and now she has what she thinks is the base of her own breed. This year she will select three of her best ewes and her best ram and register then as a breed of their own — the Colony Cross.”