ABC NEWS – by Clint Jasper – “Australia’s wool market continues to surge from strength to strength, turning over more than $96 million dollars in this week’s sales.
It brings the sales value of this year’s clip to just under $1.3 billion dollars, and farmers across the country are celebrating the surging prices.
“This year’s been fantastic, because we’ve had a really great season and the dams have all got water in them,” Victorian wool grower Philip Reading said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “THE nation’s peak wool grower body and an Australian Wool Innovation director candidate have called for an investigation into the company’s voting system and 2017 annual general meeting mail-out.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “PEAK wool grower body WoolProducers Australia has re-elected president Richard Halliday and elected two new directors.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “SHEEP producers in Australia’s pastoral zones are the focus of the latest module in the popular and practical Making More from Sheep (MMfS) program.”
THE RURAL – “Young people passionate about the sheep and wool industry, and wanting to make a difference, can now apply for the prestigious 2018 Peter Westblade Scholarship.
Now entering its seventh year, the scholarship provides opportunities to experience all aspects of the sheep and wool industry.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Glenn Mulcaster – “THE introduction of mandatory electronic tags for sheep in Victoria has led to some innovative on-farm stock handling solutions.
Tom Austin, who covers Victoria and the eastern half of South Australia as a designer and sales representative for Atlex Stockyards, said some farmers were taking advantage of the enforced sheep tagging rules to install equipment to make best use of the identification of the sheep.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “What a wonderful week this past one has been for crossbred ewe sales.
Four sales over three days and new record highs set at each of the selling outlets.
It’s not often we can say it but the crossbred sheep breeding industry is now riding the crest of an unprecedented wave not seen before.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Karolin Macgregor – TASMANIA’S spring ram sales have got off to a solid start with strong prime lamb and wool prices fuelling demand.
At the Badcock family’s annual Fairbank sale last week it was the Southdowns that stole the show.
Strong competition from interstate buyers saw seven Southdown stud rams heading across Bass Strait.”
NEWSTALK ZB STAFF – AUDIO – “A new breed of sheep could change the future of sheep farming, with its wool valuable for much more than just clothes and carpets.
The Astino, named after Mt Aspiring and tino (Māori for perfect), produces wool which can filter pollution out of the air
Lanaco CEO Nick Davenport told Larry Williams it took eight years to breed this sheep because working with a natural material meant there was a lot of variability in the product.”
VOXY – Contributor Fuseworks Media – “Developed by wool innovation specialists Lanaco, The Astino is bred specifically for the company’s premium, wool-based healthcare products – offering farmers the opportunity for better wool returns.
Breeder Andy Ramsden says Astino represents a positive step-change in the industry.
“It’s increasingly clear that supplying generic wool on the open market is not sustainable. The way forward for farmers is twofold – transitioning to innovative new breeds that are branded and controlled and forming partnerships with manufacturers like Lanaco, who have the global reach and marketing capability to earn a premium”.”