VOXY – Contributor: Fuseworks Media – by Doug Laing – “Cup Week’s multiple dramas in Christchurch have an added extra this week as some of the World’s best shearers and woolhandlers battle for places in the New Zealand team for their 2017 World Championships in Invercargill.
The extra drama will take place during the New Zealand Corriedale shearing and woolhandling championships at the Canterbury Show with the climax of two gruelling selection series’ which started in Southland 10 months ago.
Six shearers and six woolhandlers will contest the finals to decide which two machine shearers and which two woolhandlers will wear the Silver Fern at the 40th anniversary World Championships in ILT Stadium Southland on February 8-11.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool sales shrunk last week, as the large volume on offer at physical auctions finally took its toll, Wooltrade market operations supervisor Tom Rookyard said.”
3AW NEWS TALK – “The best super fine wool in the world has been awarded to Gary Meek from Western Victoria.
Celebrated by Italian weaving company Vitale Barberis Cononico, Gary’s wool is now being used to create $10,000 Armani and Zegna suits.
“I haven’t seen the suit yet, but it’s nice to be rewarded,” Gary told Ross and John.”
THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – by Patrick O’Sullivan – “Wools of New Zealand (WNZ) has bounced to a net after tax-profit of $1.5 million in the year to June, despite factors such as the Brexit result, the high New Zealand dollar and reduced Chinese demand.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul – “IT will be the end of an era for two long-standing Central Midlands’ sheep flocks next week when they go under the hammer at Moora.
In the Elders sale on Thursday, November 10 just under 9000 ewes from two flocks with a long breeding history will be dispersed. “
THE TRIBUNE INDIA – by Vijay C Roy, Tribune News Service, Chandigarh – “Perturbed over dwindling exports, the woollen industry is demanding exemption from import duty on raw wool, abolition of import duty on woollen textile machinery and increase in duty drawback rates.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales – “The phone call declaring the superfine wool grown on Garry Meek’s farm in western Victoria to be the best in the world came out of the blue.
All Mr Meek had done was to shear his flock of 3000 merino sheep last winter in his humble corrugated-iron shearing shed and sell the resulting 65 bales to the highest bidders.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “As much as $7 million worth of wool will be traded in a space of a few hours for the first time at the Canterbury A & P Show on Thursday.
South Island wool brokers are introducing a commercial wool auction at the show in a 55-year break from it traditionally being held at auction rooms.
Organisers want to share the excitement of wool trading to show-goers.”
NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “Former Golden Shears and national champion Angus Moorereturned to the winners circle with a big victory at the Marlborough A and P Show.
The Ward shearer got his 10th season off to a great start in the open class shearing class with a 13 point win over rival Chris Jones, of Blenheim in the 10 sheep final on Saturday.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Bobbie Hinkley – “RYLINGTON Park Institute of Agriculture at Mayanup hosted one of the Spring Optimiser Workshops run by The Sheep’s Back (TSB) last week.
More than 60 producers turned up to hear speakers present on the topics of animal health, business and technology alongside 100 others who attended days at Karridale, Boxwood Hill and Lake Grace.”