NBR – by Shaye Lee – “New Zealand wool prices were mixed at the latest weekly auction amid targeted buying, as demand remains soft so far this season.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “ENCOURAGING the next generation and the future of the sheep breeding industry was the focus of the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Future Sheep Breeders Challenge at this year’s IGA Perth Royal Show.
The competition began in March with students from WA Colleges of Agriculture, Narrogin, Denmark, Harvey and Cunderdin, Esperance Training Centre and Kiara College, selecting a team of wethers to prepare for the show ring from the House family’s Barloo Merino and Poll Merino stud, Gnowangerup.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “INCREASED demand for 19 micron and finer wool types in a small offering helped lift the AWEX benchmark Eastern Market Indicator 10 cents back to 1300 c/kg clean this week.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “THE Eastern Market Indicator has been forecast to rise 4 per cent for 2016-17, to average close to 1300c/kg clean.
The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences’ agricultural commodities report said wool production was likely to remain unchanged at 325,000 tonnes greasy, with shorn-sheep number dropping by 2 per cent, but fleece weights increasing to about 4.5kg because of the improved seasons.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltds C.E.O Mr John Dawson reports that the South Island sale of 8565 bales comprising a wide range of wool types saw good support with 78 percent of the offering selling.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S latest tri-annual wool and sheepmeat survey is now open for producers to complete online.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “THE Merino Lifetime Productivity (MLP) project is now taking nominations for the 2017 joining, which now includes a fifth site – Macquarie at Trangie in New South Wales.”
THE NORTHLAND AGE – by Simon Hartley – “The stubborn strength of the NZ dollar could be the major hurdle for the agriculture sector in the months ahead, as positive signs for dairying, sheepmeat and wine take shape.
Rabobank’s agribusiness monthly report for September outlines positives for some sectors, but cautions that Chinese demand for coarse wool, US beef imports and sectors exposed to the kiwi are still facing constraints.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Linda Sharman – “BOTH regular and new buyers came out in support of the first combined Boorabbin Merino and Te Rakau Texel ram sale at Wannamal last week.
Boorabbin stud principals Iain and Lucy Nicholson invited Rob and Maria Wood’s Te Rakua Texel stud, Bindi-Bindi, to their on-property sale complex after the couple were left without a venue following the end of the Moora ram sale.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “FOOTROT, flystrike and worms are the three big animal health concerns in spring’s extremely wet start.
Livestock Logic veterinarian Andrew Whale said footrot, foot abscess and flies would be major issues in the next four to six weeks, and the worm burden would be much higher in the new year.”