ATLAS OBSCURA – by George Pendle – “If you flip a sheep onto its backside, balancing it upright with your legs, the usually skittish animal will become surprisingly placid. The reasons for this postural pacification are not well understood…”
INNOVATION IN TEXTILES – “More brands and suppliers from across the textile industry are pledging to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), according to Textile Exchange, a non-profit organization which announced the release of the new RWS voluntary standard this summer.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Textile Exchange has received commitments from various apparel brands to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), which is a voluntary global standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on. RWS has been pilot audited, calibrated and applied to wool growing farms of different sizes, geographic regions and countries.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Simon Hartley – “The stubborn strength of the New Zealand dollar could be the major hurdle for the agriculture sector in the months ahead, as positive signs for dairying, sheepmeat and wine take shape.
Rabobank’s agribusiness monthly report for September outlines many positives for some sectors, but cautions that Chinese demand for coarse wool, US imports of beef and sectors exposed to the kiwi are still facing constraints.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Jono Edwards – “New Zealanders showed they were a cut above their transtasman neighbours in Alexandra this weekend as an Invercargill shearer dethroned the six-time consecutive champion from Australia.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Wool chat: It was a firm week for the wool market last week, with the EMI seeing a 3c gain to finish at 1290c/kg…A good season has been had by most sheep growing areas…”
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “UP, up, up went the bidding at the Sutherland family’s annual ram sale in Carnamah last week.
The result was a big leap from last year’s $170,350 gross reaching an overall gross of $245,600, evidence that the Perenjori-based Arra-dale Merino and Poll Merino and Sandown Poll Dorset studs are doing something right and continuing their upward trend.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Kathryn Fleay – “A LARGE crowd in attendance at last week’s Elders Mingenew sheep sale led to competitive buying, with prices reaching a top of $151 for 1.5-year-old Merino ewes.
A total of just over 5000 sheep, including Merino ewes and wether lambs and a line of Prime SAMM ewes were offered in the sale.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “SHEEP and beef producers will be reminded about the laws surrounding livestock transportation in a presentation by Rachel Holmes, from the Bendigo Department of Primary Industries, at the field days…”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Murray Arnel – “Prices paid for breeding ewes soared to new heights at the first of Wycheproof’s annual spring store sheep sales on Friday when two new records were created.”