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AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 31 March 2017 (Week 39)
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “THE cautious note expressed by buyers on the wool forward markets last week was justified as the spot market gave back some of its strong gains of 2017.”
FG INSIGHT – “It is one of Australia’s largest Merino sheep units and now, thanks to increasingly ambitious plans, Collinsville Station is a colossal giant. James Wagstaff finds out more.”
JUST STYLE – by Beth Wright – “Imperial Stock Ranch, a producer and harvester of natural wool, has become the first US-based farm to be certified to Textile Exchange’s Responsible Wool Standard (RWS).”
FIBRE2FASHION – Courtesy: AWI – “Australian wool markets were dominated by large price adjustments this week in the merino sector. All adjustments, however, were to the negative side, flowing on from the weaker conclusion to the previous week’s selling. The AWEX Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) fell away 44ac clean/kg from its highest ever recorded level to 1502ac clean/kg.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN wool growers have reacted strongly to a fall in prices this week, with more than 20 percent of fleece lines passed in at the Western Australian auction centre.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “CONCERNS the sheep industry has been hijacked by immature breeding value measurements is being challenged by a $5 million Merino Lifetime Productivity Trial (MLP) which is underway across the country.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “FORGET an Indian summer, WA’s wool industry is experiencing an Indian spring this autumn.
Highest prices for 19.5 micron and finer wools since Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) records started in July 1995, coupled with the aftermath of rain disrupted shearings at the end of summer, have generated unprecedented activity, particularly in the past fortnight, at WA wool stores. “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – ” IF THE sheep industry is serious about improving and attracting more participants it must lift its game when it comes to measuring data, a leading consultant says.
Addressing the Balmoral Sire Evaluation field day at Harrow last week, Nathan Scott of Achieve Ag Solutions warned producers that they wouldn’t know “what is going on in your flock until you starting measuring it”. “