SHEPPARTON NEWS – by The McIvor Times – “THE fourth annual Axedale Quick Shear is shaping up to be another day of fun showcasing the best country talent.
Shearers will be in competition to see who can do it the fastest, while wood choppers will be demonstrating their prowess with axe in hand on January 28 at the Axedale Hall and Park from 2pm to 6pm.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “COMPOSITE and crossbred sheep have ranked highest among shearers for occupational health and safety risk in the latest Elmore and District Machinery Field Days ‘Ewes for the future’ trial results.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “… Wool on the way up – SIGNIFICANT rises in auction values for superfine wools must be welcome news for producers who have stuck with the product…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “HEAVY sheep are forcing some sheep producers to seek new shearing solutions as shearers either refuse to shear ewe flocks or demand owners implement longer curfew times off feed and water.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Not-so woolly thinking has gone into developing technology touted as having the ability to improve global health.
Auckland-based Texus Fibre recently signed an investment and distribution agreement with another Auckland company, Healthy Breath Ltd, which would have the wool-based Helix Filter from Texus used in a new generation of urban masks marketed to Asian consumers.”
THE ARMIDALE EXPRESS – “SUPERIOR Merino genetics from some of the state’s best studs will be on offer at Armidale next week for the 72nd Armidale Ram Show and Sale.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WOOL has edged out beef to become agriculture’s latest record breaker.
The fibre hit its highest-ever price last week at 1439c/kg, breaking the previous record of 1425c/kg, set in June 2011.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator finished last week at 1434c/kg, 12c/kg higher than the previous week, and the highest closing figure ever recorded.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – “… Last week’s North Island auction found new lows for crossbred wool, and some fleece wool that did not even reach $3/kg clean would be very unprofitable for the vendors of these offerings.”
THE RURAL – by Marty Moses – “WOOL prices increased by 12c/kg with the eastern market indicator settling at a record 1439c.
Moses and Son principal, Marty Moses said despite the high prices surprisingly, 10.4 per cent of the 56,000 bale offering was passed-in.”
THE BORDER MAIL – by Colin Bettels – “AGRICULTURE and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce has declared Australia wants to open the batting to score potential new trading opportunities for major farm exports like beef, post-Brexit.”