FARM WEEKLY – by Tony Hughes-Owen – “LAST Friday saw the Sprigg family’s 27th East Strathglen on-property ram auction east of Tambellup and it is best described as quite an amazing day.
The offering of 119 Merino and 37 Poll Merino rams attracted 45 potential buyers including three Eastern State’s interests, three first time buyers to the stud along with many regular clients spread from Northampton through to Jerramungup, across to some of the higher rainfall regions of the South West.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Bobbie Hinkey – “ANOTHER quality WA ram is on track to being an Argentinian stud sire after a $9500 top price was paid at Richard and Cindy House’s Barloo Merino and Poll Merino stud ram sale at Gnowangerup last week.
The purchase follows at least six others from WA by Argentinian buyers in recent months, with the South American country’s stud breeders favouring our State’s premium genetics in a flurry of buying activity including at this year’s Rabobank WA Sheep Expo & Sale in Katanning.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul – “LIKE most 40th celebrations, last week’s 40th annual Woolkabin on-property ram sale at Woodanilling, was a big one with a top price of $11,200 and a sale average of $1911 setting new records.
While the cold, wintry sale day was in complete contrast to last year’s warm spring day, the sale certainly wasn’t, as it was even hotter and stronger than last year right to the very last ram.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “INITIALLY wool types rose in price, while other types fell away last week but on the last day (Thursday) everything got going and there were plus signs against every micron category.”
PR NEWSWIRE – News provided by Reasearch And Markets Dublin- “Research and Markets has announced the addition of the “China’s Textile Industry Overview, 2017-2021″ report to their offering.
In 2015, the export value of textiles was USD 11.53 billion in China with a decline of 2.3% YOY which was mainly caused by the increasing costs. In recent years, the growing costs of land, energy and labor dramatically increased the comprehensive costs of textile enterprises in China, which placed them on inferior position in international competition. For example, the land cost of Chinese companies is 5-10 times as high as that of foreign competitors.”
ATLAS OBSCURA – by George Pendle – “If you flip a sheep onto its backside, balancing it upright with your legs, the usually skittish animal will become surprisingly placid. The reasons for this postural pacification are not well understood…”
INNOVATION IN TEXTILES – “More brands and suppliers from across the textile industry are pledging to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), according to Textile Exchange, a non-profit organization which announced the release of the new RWS voluntary standard this summer.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Textile Exchange has received commitments from various apparel brands to the Responsible Wool Standard (RWS), which is a voluntary global standard that addresses the welfare of sheep and of the land they graze on. RWS has been pilot audited, calibrated and applied to wool growing farms of different sizes, geographic regions and countries.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Simon Hartley – “The stubborn strength of the New Zealand 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 many positives for some sectors, but cautions that Chinese demand for coarse wool, US imports of beef and sectors exposed to the kiwi are still facing constraints.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Jono Edwards – “New Zealanders showed they were a cut above their transtasman neighbours in Alexandra this weekend as an Invercargill shearer dethroned the six-time consecutive champion from Australia.”