THE COUNTRY – NZ Herald – “Over a couple of thousand lambs were sold at this sale which is the most for the season to date.
The better sale prices of last week could not be sustained with these numbers and the lamb prices were equivalent to a kilogram cheaper or around $5/head.
As could be expected, there are very good spring lambs being put up for sale but the lamb market is suffering some general malaise.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – Posted in Rural News by Tony Chaston – “…WOOL
The South Island auction again failed to inspire and only 80% of the offering sold and at prices behind the last Christchurch sale….”
STOCK & LAND – by Dianna Branson – “Kurra-Wirra
*36 of 46 Merino rams sold to $1200 twice, av $840
KURRA-WIRRA’S 19th on-property sale last Friday at Culla, sold a total of 36 polled and horned rams…”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “PEAK wool industry body WoolProducers Australia (WPA) has strengthened its commitment to foot and mouth disease (FMD) preparedness on behalf of the Australian wool industry.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – by THE TELEGRAPH – “The fortunes for Longwood farmers Ray ‘Kiwi’ Paget and wife Pat seemed to have turned after the couple sold a pen of sheep for $300 a head at last week’s annual Benalla Special Store Sheep Sale.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL market strength flowed onto Wooltrade last week as the physical auctions failed to satisfy the appetite of buyers and exporters.”
TEVONEWS.COM – by Tommy Lee- Massachusetts – ” US Army researchers are hoping that a new wool-based fabric variant will improve flame resistance, breathability and moisture wicking properties in combat uniforms for troops.
The Army is in the process of developing a flame resistant combat uniform which doesn’t need a finishing treatment to protect it from fire. The components of this fabric – 50 per cent wool, 42 per cent Nomex, 5 per cent Kevlar and 3 per cent P140 antistatic fibre – reportedly create flame protection without adding anything extra.”
NZ FARMER – by Jill Galloway – ” ‘Tis the season to be buying rams for work next year for North Island farmers.
PGG Wrightson Livestock genetic manager, Callum Stewart said farmers would continue to buy two tooth rams at the major sales in the North Island to the end of December, and in the South Island a little later, usually in January and February.”
ABC RURAL – by Amy McCosker – “Wool prices have hit their highest levels in five years thanks, in part, to fashion companies experimenting with the fibre.
The northern market indicator finished last week at 1441 cents a kilogram clean. The last time wool traded that high was in 2011.”
NZ FARMER – by Jill Galloway – “Marcel Thwaites gave up being a shearer 15 years ago and now judges the country’s top shearers.
“We judge on the shearing board, and out the back to see what ridges and cuts a sheep might have,” says Thwaites. “The shearer is judged on the number of second cuts they make as well.””