OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “New Zealand Wool Testing Authority chief executive Duane Knowles (left) and customer services manager Phil Cranswick admire the winning entry in the Child Cancer Fleece Competition.
More than 100 fleeces were donated by fine-wool growers for the competition and the winners were announced at a function in Queenstown on Friday night.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “EVERY afternoon when the works all done the jackaroos from Barcaldine Downs, Barcaldine head to the ram shed, but it’s not to enjoy a few cold ones and some time off.
With the guidance of 2016 Queensland Merino Sheep Young Judges winner and Barcaldine Downs overseer Matthew Baker, Lachlan Munro and Jed Morrison have been building their own judging skills.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WESTERN Australia’s wool clip has been selected to trial the commercial viability of using Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) to track wool bales.
About 40 per cent of WA’s clip will have ultra-high frequency bale tags – that can be read from more than two metres and can withstand dumping – as part of a six-month trial next year which aims to verify Australian Wool Exchange’s e-Bale technology.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – NSW Country Hour by Michael Cavanagh – “Aching knees and a sore back, coupled with providing encouragement for his son, inspired Indigenous shearer Garry Pittman to tackle wool classing at Dubbo TAFE.
After leaving school at the age of 15 with rudimentary reading skills, Mr Pittman spent more than three decades shearing.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “With the lowest passings in recent months of 15%, it was encouraging to see some positivity in the market at last week’s South Island wool sale in Christchurch, Roger Fuller, of CP Wool, said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “A ‘MOTHER-IN-LAW’ approach by Australian Wool Innovation to not fight animal right activist criticism of the wool industry has received qualified acceptance from international risk communication specialist Peter Sandman.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SCANNED in-lamb ewes and ewe-lamb units topped the AuctionsPlus listings online last week – with first cross ewes with lambs selling for up to $351.50, first cross ewes selling to $324 and Merino ewes making $244.”
HIGH PLAINS / MIDWEST AG JOURNAL – “Bringing together 250-plus wool industry professionals from around the world—representing all stages of the wool pipeline—the International Wool Textile Organization Congress concluded May 5 in Harrogate, United Kingdom.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish – “A WEEK is a long time in the wool industry. Volatility around the world, particularly in Washington DC is making people nervous, demand for wool is drifting lower, in part because of nerves and in part due to seasonality. “
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “YEAR 12 students at the Western Australian College of Agriculture, Cunderdin, were enlightened last week on what happens to the college’s wool clip after it goes out the gate.
They also gained an insight into potential career opportunities in a wool industry that has been booming for 12 months and shows little sign of easing off, before spring shearing starts to restock depleted stores.”