FARM WEEKLY – by Travis King – “THIS year’s Angenup on-property ram sale met all expectations with a quality line-up of 250 Merino and Poll Merino rams selling to a 100 per cent clearance at a $2656 average.
A ripper sale last year saw 234 rams sell under the hammer at a $2769 average, which was a State record average price for a single vendor ram sale in WA at the time, and industry pundits were looking to this year’s sale to see how high values might go.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Cassandra Glover – Rural Weekly – “AFTER driving in 10,000 posts, Meg Rutledge is relieved the new exclusion fence on her family’s Quilpie property, Moble, is finally finished.
Originally named after the Mobile region in Alabama in the United States, the 48,562ha property has been owned by the Rutledge family since 1923.”
RURAL LIFE – by Sally Rae – “The launch of a menswear range by UK retail giant Marks & Spencer using crossbred lambswool has “got to be a positive”, Southland farmer Adam McCall says.
New Zealand crossbred wool growers have had little to get excited about in recent times, as prices languish.”
THE FLINDERS NEWS – by Renae Laubsh – “WITH a family history spanning back to 1875, the Clarks of Mannanarie, 20 kilometres north of Jamestown, have seen the wool market plummet and peak, and this year have benefited from strong prices in a tough season.
Dominic Clarke manages 1100 ewes with his brothers Martin and Jim, in conjunction with their cropping and hay enterprise across the 2400-hectare family farm in the Mid North.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool sellers have benefited from a resurgence in prices in Australia’s physical auction market last week.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “* 32 of 36 Merinos to $2300, av $1233
* 18 of 18 White Suffolks to $1350 (twice), av $1000
Confidence in the wool and sheep meat sector has seen central Victorian Merino stud Koole Vale, Costerfield, achieve its best sale ever, according to principal Alan Harris.”
STOCK & LAND – by Rob Coutts, Ioness stud principal – “At Ioness Poll Merinos principal Rob Coutts strives to breed Poll Merino rams that punch out soft, white wool, while producing a square, sound framed ram.
He was driven to start the stud when he couldn’t find Poll Merino rams that combined the productivity traits he wanted and would suit the pastures and conditions around Lake Bolac.”
STOCK & LAND – by Craig Tricky, Coryule stud manager – “Coryule Merino and Poll Merino stud is fast becoming an industry benchmark of consistent achievement.
Although the achievements for the 2017 show and selling season seemed hard to surpass, the stud is on track for an outstanding 2018, according to stud manager Craig Trickey.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sophie Lewis – “AFTER a four-week reprieve the Eastern Market Indicator has reasserted itself, charging up 31c/kg to end last week at 2023c/kg clean.
A positive wool market was maintained from the beginning of the week and saw rises of almost 100c/kg in the medium Merino clips.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “DESPITE a backdrop of tumbling global equity markets the wool market in Australia managed a solid performance last week.
AWEX’s Eastern Market Indicator increased to 2023c by a healthy 31c in local currency terms (US20c and Euro8c). The prices in Australian terms were positive on both selling days, but thanks to some fairly erratic currency markets some of the first day’s gains in foreign currency were reduced by the time selling finished on Thursday.”