THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – “A photographic image of merino sheep is helping transform one of Lake Tekapo’s new toilet blocks.
The image, taken by Mr Empson at Sawdon Station in the Mackenzie District, has been used as a mural on the toilet blocks, which were expected to be available for public use by Christmas, all going to plan.”
NZ FARMER – “The name of Norm Harraway won’t be familiar to many non-shearing followers but by the end of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, his voice will be better known.
Harraway will be one of the commentary team during the championships in Invercargill in February.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook Rural Reporter – “The New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association says there is a problem with drugs in the industry, but it is hard to measure because testing is not widespread.”
XINHUA ASIA & PACIFIC – by Xu Haijing – “CANBERRA, Dec. 10 (Xinhua) — Bernard Wright has a farm of 810 hectares 140 km north of Canberra. It was when he talked with great enthusiasm about how the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) helped him sell more of his Merino wool to China that you realize the foundation of bilateral relations is solid and the future bright.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Nick Jeffrey – “AUSTRALIAN wool handling champion Sophie Huf is hoping to build on what has been a year of firsts at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill in February next year.”
THE MERCURY – by Karolin Macgregor – “GOOD seasonal conditions and higher prices are giving Tasmania’s wool industry a much-needed boost.
Wool prices have surged to levels not seen for about five years and, particularly at the fine and superfine end of the market, they are rewarding producers who stuck with the industry.”
ABC – RADIO AUSTRALIA – by Cassandra Steeth – “As the Chinese winter sets in, “fake fur” coats made of Australian wool are in hot demand, and driving the Australian wool price. “Fake fur” overcoats made of Australian wool are in hot demand in China as its winter season sets in.”
NBR (NZ) – by Tina Morrison – “New Zealand wool prices fell at the latest weekly auction as more bales than expected were offered for sale.
Some 59% of bales at the North Island auction yesterday comprised strong crossbred wool. The benchmark price for 39-micron wool fell to $3.90 per kilogram, which is 20 cents/kg below the comparable North Island auction two weeks ago and 60c/kg below last week’s South Island auction, according to AgriHQ.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 9 December 2016 (Week 23)
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices corrected down this week as buyers juggled the influence of a higher $A-US and extra wool on the market just three weeks off Christmas.”