GOONDIWINDI ARGUS – ““Produce from Goondiwindi and the rest of the Maranoa is world-renowned for being clean and green so it makes sense to harness the value of our quality product and market it on the world stage – through significant international trade deals, like the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) Agreement – to grow regional economies,” Maranoa MP David Littleproud said… Raw wool: Elimination of tariffs into TPP markets on entry into force.
FACT: In 2015-16, total Australian exports of wool were valued about $2.9 billion, wool exports to TPP countries were valued about $77 million.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation, Bathurst Merino Association and Elders have arranged a practical sheep classing day at Peter and Kay Moore’s “Blink Bonnie” at Tarana on Wednesday, February 8 with a 10am start.
Respected industry figure Stuart Hodgson will conduct the workshop and Sally Coddington will present a talk on retirement and succession planning.”
ABC RURAL – by Tyne Logan and Peta Doherty – “West Australian wool producers making changes in their flock sizes, off the back of record high wool prices.
On Tuesday, the Western Market Indicator was at 1,488 cents, up about 10 per cent on last year and up almost 30 per cent for the same time two years ago.
While the news has been welcomed by producers, it has not been without scepticism.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Helen Walker – “The Palaszczuk government’s commitment to protect the sheep industry from the scourge of wild dogs is restoring flocks, jobs and training across western Queensland…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AGRICULTURE Victoria workshops on the adoption of electronic identification by sheep and goat producers will continue in the Loddon and Mallee regions next month.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports NZ – “A NEW Zealand shearing trio has smashed a world record by 264 sheep despite hot conditions, dust-ridden wool and heavy fleeces.”
FIBRE2FASHION.COM – “The Woolmark Company has partnered with fashion designer Raf Simons for developing his autumn/winter 2017 collection. It features fine merino wool jersey, wovens and knits sourced from some of the world’s best fabric and yarn manufacturers including Manifattura Sesia and Olimpias Group. Merino wool has always been an intrinsic element of Simons’ collections.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Australian Wool Network wool broker Dale Bruns and Tom Silcock, The Mountain Dam, Telangatuk East, sold a line of 17 micron wool to av 1329c/kg greasy at the Brooklyn wool auctions last week…”
NZ FARMER – by Che Baker – “Braving heat and messy wool, three Southland men have earned their place in history by destroying a world shearing record over the course of a gruelling eight hours.
Eru Weeds, of Ohai but now based in Roxburgh, was joined by shearers James Mack, of Weber, and Luke Mullins, of Te Awamutu, at Waitara Station, inland northwest of Napier, to smash the record of 1347 by 264 sheep, finishing with a tally of 1611.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “A SPIKE last week pushed wool prices to their best level in more than five years and close to record territory.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator surged 67c/kg to close at 1422c/kg — 3c/kg short of its record of 1425c/kg — in the first sales to be held after the Christmas break.”