THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “RADIO Frequency Identification of wool bales will be trialled in Western Australia next year.
The Australian Wool Exchange will scope how its e-Bale project, which it has been researching since 2013, will work in a trial of 150,000 tags.
E-Bale tags operate on ultra-high frequency, are 75mm by 25mm in size, 2mm thick, and can be read from two metres, even after the bales have been pressed into a tri-pak for export.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “DIFFERENCES in economic returns from specific sheep were highlighted to students at the National Merino Challenge at the weekend.
NMC steering committee member and Merino seedstock producer Sydney Lawrie said all producers, both new and experienced, could learn something from measuring their flock.”
THE BORDER MAIL – by John Chanter – “Kardinia Dohne Stud principals Don and Karen Mills look forward to opening their Coreen operation for the inaugural Stock and Land Sheep Week.
Mrs Mills said it was a great opportunity to showcase the stud and commercial Dohne flocks, as the South African breed continues to grow across Australia.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Chantel McAlister regards herself as the perfect example of how perceptions of the wool industry can be changed.
While lobby groups, shearers and wool growers gathered in Adelaide to air concerns about drug use in the wool industry last week, Ms McAlister was using her camera to tell a different story.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “As the day’s first sheep are dragged over the boards and the first shearer bends to clip the belly, Darren Spencer is watching his staff.
The registered shearing contractor has amassed 26 years in the industry and regards his employees’ moods and temperament as very much his business.
He has sacked workers for drug-taking and says he would not hesitate to do so again.”
BUSINESS.SCOOP – Edited by Jonathan Underhill & Pattrick Smellie – Press Release New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limiteds CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that the strong New Zealand dollar and restricted off-shore interest saw local prices ease.SUBDUED DEMAND AND STRONG DOLLAR SOFTENS WOOL MARKET”
THE DAILY ADVERTISER – by Nikki Reynolds – “HIGH prices for extra-heavy lambs come as no secret with the market currently booming. But when vendors receive a whopping $152.20 for the “seconds” of their Merino lambs, which were shorn earlier this week to cut a fleece worth $40, it’s time to do the maths and see some big profits.”
STOCK & LAND – by Mal Gill – “GIANT online retailer Amazon is expected to be the world’s biggest clothing seller when it opens for business in Australia next year. And, while seemingly steeped in tradition, the global wool industry and marketing of wool products is rapidly and inexorably, being drawn into the digital age.”
COUNTRY NEWS – “For the first time in its 20-year history, the powerful China Wool Industrial Association has met outside China, at the historic Lal Lal Estate near Ballarat.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford welcomed more than 130 delegates representing China’s 80 major wool processors in a show of strength for increasing demand for Australian, in particular Victorian, fine Merino wool and the ability of the state’s producers to supply the finest in quality.”
THE REP – by Sonja Raasch – “THE wool market again traded lower at this week’s auction and the Cape Wools Merino Indicator decreased by 1,9% and by 298 points to close at a value of R155,59 (Clean). The Australian EMI lost 2,1% this week. The Cape Wools All Wool Indicator lost 1,9%.
Demand for longer wool was good today and prices for well-grown wool in this segment ended dearer. The finer end eased as demand at these higher price levels subsided. The short and medium length wool remained under pressure as volumes on offer have increased. Standard Wool outbid it’s competition on more than half of the bales on offer.”