THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – ” THE wool market surged even higher last week, hitting an 17-month high.
Merino prices picked up another 50c/kg to 80c/kg, on top of rises of up to 40c/kg the week before.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator closed the week at 1363c/kg, its highest level since June last year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – ” A BUMPER spring has kept mutton prices up to 30 per cent higher than this time last year.
The Victorian mutton saleyard indicator closed last week at 423c/kg carcass weight, a massive 97c/kg higher year-on-year.
And it is the ability of sheep producers to retain their stock for longer, thanks to good feed supplies, that meant a 17 per cent smaller offering in Victoria and NSW saleyards last week compared with the same period 12 months earlier.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – ” LEAVING nothing to chance is one of the philosophies of the Attard family of Gostwyck Merino.
From testing every fleece and sustainable grazing practices to minimal use of chemicals, every management practice is carried out to ensure the woollen garments at the other end are the most comfortable next to skin and of the highest quality.”
VICTOR HARBOUR TIMES – “Genuine price premiums which put more money in woolgrowers’ pockets are just one reason why growers are being urged to become part of a new regionally-branded wool supply group from the Barossa. To build the Barossa wool brand, Australian Wool Network is inviting growers to participate in its Direct Network Advantage (DNA) program which allows them to follow the journey of their wool from ‘bale to retail’.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – “… WOOL
Another North Island auction and more off the same, with prices easing further with only focused buying in the 72% clearance rate.
Real concerns now exist for values during the summer shear and wool grower’s confidence has plummeted for their product, after enjoying the last three years with respectable wool prices.”
ABC NEWS – Brisbane by Jessica Hinchliffe – “Live reindeer being used in annual Christmas parades could soon be a thing of the past if animal protection group PETA has its way.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) want the Brisbane City Council (BCC) to ban the use of the deer at festive celebrations.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “YOUNG people passionate about the sheep and wool industry, and wanting to make a difference, can now apply for the prestigious 2017 Peter Westblade Scholarship.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is hoping to tap into the creative energy of student app builders for wool’s benefit with a unique tertiary scholarship and inter-varsity program.”
ABC RADIO AUSTRALIA – by Brett Worthington – “Analysis of agricultural exports shows commodities already trading with China, Japan and Korea are the biggest winners from the early years of free trade agreements.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AFTER prolonged flood conditions thwarted the McCalman family of ‘Pretoria’, Warren, NSW, from transporting their 140 wool bales to store for four months, they took matters into their own hands.”