SOURCING JOURNAL – by Genevieve Scarano – “More brands and suppliers are pledging to the Responsible Wool Standard and advocating for more humane practices in the textile industry.
Textile Exchange (TE) announced Wednesday that 15 brands have committed to the voluntary global standard, which addresses the welfare of sheep and the management of wool farming land. Retailers supporting this initiative include Coyuchi, Deckers, Eddie Bauer, Eileen Fisher, H&M, Kathmandu, Knowledge Cotton Apparel, Marks & Spencer, Mountain Equipment Co-op, Patagonia, REI, Tchibo, Varner, Vaude and William-Sonoma.”
ABC RURAL – by Joshua Becker – “… Rabobank animal protein analyst Matt Costello said the opportunity was there for Australia’s quiet achiever to take on bigger export markets.
“I think the standout performer, if I can dare say, across the whole of Australian agriculture is the sheep meat industry, and from a wool perspective as well,” he said.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stephen Burns – “Demand for Merino and Poll Merino rams with long-stapled, soft and lustrous wool was evident at the annual on-property sale at Pooginook on account Paraway Pastoral Co.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE recent rainfall will lead to a change in the micron profile of the Australian wool clip next spring, while boosting production volume and lamb marking rates.
Independent Commodity Services, wool market analyst Andrew Woods, Wagga Wagga, NSW, forecasts the eastern states wool clip to be on average half a micron broader at the end of this financial year.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Lynette Carew-Reid – “WHAT a difference a good season makes.
The Wiringa Park sale soared this year buoyed by good sheep and wool sales and the promise of a great grain harvest.
Values at the Nyabing sale reached $3700 but it was high clearance rate and the $717 jump in average prices that spoke volumes about farmers’ optimism.
Everyone and especially studmaster Allan Hobley, recalled last year when sale day temperatures hit 40 degrees and clients, short of pasture and water, were selling off stock.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Bobbie Hinkley – “LONG-TIME commercial Kintail Park clients, father and son duo Ray and Justin Edwards, RM & TF Edwards, Ravensthorpe, demonstrated just how deeply their loyalty to the Jerramungup-based Dohne stud runs by paying $6800 for a ram last Thursday.
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “THE store sheep market may have witnessed its top price for the spring, but demand could still strengthen for young ewes as the season progresses.
That was the prediction from several people after Friday’s special store sale at Hay in the Riverina, where 2015-drop Merino ewes sold to a new high of $274.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “IT WAS a week the wool market would rather forget as the run of better prices reversed.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator closed down 24c/kg at 1287c/kg clean, but there were slides of as much as 42-43c/kg for the mid-microns as a rapid rise in currency hit an already sticky market.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “TRYING to breed a Merino sire that produces a consistent, predictable type of sheep is one of the challenges Hamish McLaren particularly likes about farming.
“I’ve seen sires in the past that have done that, but there’s always something you want to improve,” he said.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “RAM demand continues to surge at stud sales in the south, with increased averages and bumper clearances a common occurrence.
Don Mills, at Kardinia Dohnes, in Corowa, NSW, sold 54 rams at auction, from 60 offered, and increased his average by about $400.”