NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “IT was a positive close to the wool selling activities for the year as we now await the arrival of the big guy in the red suit.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “A PEN of 200 1 ½-year-old, first cross Border Leicester-Merino ewes topped the store sale at Wycheproof today, selling for $252.
Less than 6000 sheep were yarded, with a small crowd attending due to harvest.
The first cross ewes bottomed at $224, while Merino ewes ranged from $188 for 230 1 ½-year-olds to $116 for older sheep.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “CONTINUING solid demand for wool from China, especially for Merino fleece, pushed prices to a record calendar year level this week, in the final auction series for 2016.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION LIMITED – Wool market review – week ending 16 December 2016 (Week 24)
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE wet winter has been a double edge sword for woolgrowers with increased seed germination resulting in significant price discounts for wool contaminated with burrs and seeds.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Australian wool prices remained extraordinarily strong and stable during the first half of the wool selling season 2016-17. The Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) pushed higher to close out at 1355ac clean/kg, representing a gain of 6ac clean/kg, during the final sale of the first half of the season held at Australian wool auctions this week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery – “BOTH the auction and forward Merino markets finished the year strongly, but bidding depth is expected to fall away as buyers look to a well-earned break after a very volatile first half of the season.”
DAILY POST (UK) – by Andrew Forgrae – “National sheep fleece competition was won by a family of noted Bluefaced Leicester breeders from GaerwenA sheep fleece originating from North Wales has been named Britain’s best in 2016 for the quality of its wool. The fleece, from a Bluefaced Leicester ewe, was produced by Anglesey farmers Myrfyr and Jayne Roberts.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MORE sheep producers retaining ewes is underpinning a predicted wool production increase in all states except Victoria and Tasmania next year.”
RENEW ECONOMY – by Sophie Vorrath – “The owners of the Mugga Lane Solar Park in the ACT are looking for one more addition to their almost complete 13MW power station – and it’s not battery storage.
Maoneng Group, who started building the solar farm in March after winning a tender in the ACT government’s first large-scale renewables reverse auction, has this week launched its own, rather unusual, tender – for a flock of sheep.”