THE WEEKLY TIMES – “STRONG wool and sheep prices have put more confidence in the Merino industry, but it will not turn around overnight.
Landmark sheep and wool specialist Brad Wilson said Merino ram sales in northern NSW recently had been firm, but there was still a lot fewer ewes being joined to Merinos.”
LUCIRE – by Nathalia Archila – “Allbirds, which considers New Zealand its spiritual home, taps into the creative vibe of Wellington for its latest limited-edition release”
ABC NEWS – by Andrea Crothers – “One of the best known agricultural training institutions in the country, the Longreach Pastoral College, turned 50 on Monday.
The college opened in 1967 to deliver basic skills to young graziers, and 50 years on to the day, the college welcomed its newest cohort of students.”
ABC RURAL – by Laurissa Smith – “Australian woolgrowers will be the main beneficiaries when high-end Italian fabric and clothing manufacturer Reda doubles the amount of wool it buys in the next six years.
Of the 22,000 bales of greasy wool it uses, 80 per cent is sourced from Australian woolgrowers.”
NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “Veteran Marlborough shearer Chris Jones showed he was not yet a spent force claiming another shearing final at the weekend.
The 58-year-old Waihopai Valley farmer more than matched his younger competitors to win the 20-sheep open machine shearing final at the Inangahua A&P Show on Saturday, a week before he turned 59.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Amber-Leigh Woolf – “The international nature of the shearing industry means New Zealand probably won’t have much of a home town advantage heading in to the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships, judges say.
Judges, shearers and woolhandlers have been busy preparing for this week’s competitions, with judges gathering at a woolshed at Myross Bush on Tuesday.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – “New Zealand lamb wool, which was trading at a record high last season, has slumped by more than 50 per cent at recent auctions amid weak demand during the peak production period.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – by Tina Morrison – “(BusinessDesk) – New Zealand lamb wool, which was trading at a record high last season, has slumped by more than 50 percent at recent auctions amid weak demand during the peak production period.
The price for 30-micron lamb wool dropped to $3.25 a kilogram at last week’s North Island auction, down from $3.60/kg the previous week and $7.25/kg at the same time last year. The price fell to $3.50/kg at the South Island auction, from $3.90/kg the previous week and $7.35/kg a year earlier, according to AgriHQ. Lamb wool reached record highs of $7.50/kg at auction last season.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Getting lumped with 100 cent a kilogram clean price penalty on woolgrower Tony Butler’s 200-bale wool clip was the catalyst for a shearing overall.
The huge discount because of the staple length contributed towards the farmer from Newstead, in central Victoria, to rein in the flock’s fleece growth by shearing majority of the 8000 Merino sheep every six months instead of annually.”
BOOROWA NEWS – by Rick Power – “The annual Boorowa Flock Ewe competition will be held again on Friday, February 17, 2017.
As in previous years, it is held in conjunction with the Boorowa Show Society.
The idea of the competition is to judge the entrants’ flocks on farm, then the top five place-getters bring their best ten ewes to the show on Saturday, March 4, where the winner will be announced.”