NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW – by Geoff Hiscock – “SYDNEY — In ancient Greek mythology, Jason and his gallant band of Argonauts sailed the good ship Argo through unknown waters in their quest to find the Golden Fleece, taken from a magical winged ram once owned by Zeus, king of the gods.
Today, Italian textile fashion houses such as Ermenegildo Zegna and Loro Piana embark every year on a similar quest — a search for the world’s finest woolen fleeces that takes them half way around the globe to the merino sheep stations of Australia and New Zealand.”
HARDEN MURRUMBURRAH EXPRESS – “Due to ground conditions the field day site has been changed to the nearby Harden Showground on Thursday September 1.”
WELLINGTON TIMES – by Geoff Plasto – “Eleven-plus mm rain last week to freshen up the grass area. Since then five fine days and forecast rain falls of 20 to 40mm.on Thursday and Friday. Not all farmers will be pleased with this forecast.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WESTERN New South Wales land managers are being urged to play their part in protecting the region’s agricultural industry from biosecurity threats by completing their Annual Land and Stock Returns by August 31.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “The Woolmark Company recently organised a visit of its brand ambassador, fashion designer Jason Wu to see the source of Merino wool, the natural, renewable and biodegradable fibre which lies at the heart of his latest collection. This visit comes two months before the designer shows his Spring/Summer 2017 collection at New York Fashion Week.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale – “HIS innovative approach to marketing at a local and national level nabbed Elders’ Lachlan Sutton the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia and Fairfax Media’s 2016 Wool Broker of the Year title. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “An end game of a healthy, viable livestock industry is the imperative that drives University of Southern Queensland researcher Ben Allen.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WOOL production this season is forecast to be the same as revised estimates for 2015-16 despite an expected drop in shorn-sheep numbers.
The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee on Friday predicted wool production will be 325 million kilograms greasy for both the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “UNTIL susceptibility to fly strike can be bred out, mulesing remains the most effective way of reducing the incidence of the condition in Merino sheep.
To minimise the loss of lambs during the process and maximise production benefits, the use of pain relief with products such as Tri-Solfen has become standard, according to Bayer HealthCare veterinarian Domenic Dell’Osa.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders Northern Wool Manager – “LAST week saw a solid result again for the wool market, which is currently defying the usual pattern of easing during the August/October period when volumes increase.
A slightly easier currency environment together with buyer appetite for good quality wools brought about an 11c/kg rise in the eastern market indicator (EMI).”