STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Marshall – “For many farmers 2016 will go down as one of the more memorable and most rewarding in their careers.
Unfortunately however, last year’s unusually productive and price-positive farm sector performance – 16 per cent better than the past five years – probably won’t be repeated in 2017.
In fact, history suggests it might take more than a decade to happen again.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – by Laurel Stowell – “His father Desi sheared 2.25 million sheep over 50 years, and son Kopere Downs reached his first million on a farm near Taihape.
It’s no big deal for a shearer to get that far but there was a small celebration anyway…”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES (NZ) – by Evan Harding – “A world champion South African shearer has been quietly honing his craft in a Southland woolshed ahead of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill this week.
Mayenzeke Shweni is the current world blade shearing champion, and one of two South African blade shearers expected to be strong contenders for victory at the world championships at Stadium Southland from February 8-11.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish Elders northern wool manager – “THE wool market bounced back from last week’s correction with a subdued rise of 10c. Subdued no doubt by the surging Australian dollar, which has had a rocket under it after very good trade surplus numbers, and a generally weaker US currency leading to an exchange rate of US76.5c on Thursday and very nearly breaking the US77c barrier on Thursday night after auctions had closed.”
ISPO – “Natural fabrics like Merino wool have long since arrived on the sports market, but the textile industry will have to develop them much more quickly in the future. Processed together with synthetic fabrics and their functionality, they’ll become the trend of winter 2018/2019.”
THE COURIER – by Darren Gray – “Last week it was lamb and today it is wool. There is some good news in the offing for western Victorian farmers who are putting their faith in sheep.
Last Tuesday export sheep at Ballarat saleyards sold for an Australian record of $256 and now at wool auctions in Melbourne there may be more good news ahead for fine wool growers.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “FiberVisions is presenting the WoolVisions by CoolVisions fabrics collection at Munich ISPO, which runs February 5-8, and will be displayed at the Global Merino and Chia Her booths in Hall C3. WoolVisions fabrics are made by blending merino wool with polypropylene, which is the lightest, driest, best insulating and a stain resistant fibre.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Following a dramatic dip in prices last week, the Eastern Market Indicator has recovered from its 22 cents a kilogram tumble last week to close at 1422c/kg yesterday.”
ABC NEWS – Landline by Prue Adams – “China’s first supermodel has partnered with the iconic Woolmark Company to produce a fashion range made almost entirely from Australian merino wool.
Lu Yan, who had her debut on the international catwalks as a teenager 17 years ago, is a well-known name in China.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers have been urged to apply for electronic identification transition assistance and ignore concerns the State Government’s $17 million package might be insufficient.”