FARM WEEKLY – by Jacinta Bolsenbroek – “THE WA sheep industry has grave concerns abourt declining flock numbers and the flow-on affect this will have on the industry.
According to The Department of Agriculture and Food 2016 Sheep Notes, the WA sheep flock had contracted from 15.5 million head in 2012/13 and is now estimated to contain 14m sheep and lambs as of July 1 2015, including 7.5m breeding ewes. “
SCOOP INDPENDENT NEWS – Press Release – NZWSI Weekly Wool Market Report – “The South Island auction comprising 4900 bales had a 74 percent clearance with most types remaining stable.
The weighted indicator for the main trading currency’s lifted 0.31 percent week on week, having minimal impact.”
NZ FARMER – “Wool prices remained largely unchanged to slightly dearer for crossbred fleece at the Christchurch wool sale on Thursday.
The low volume but high quality offering ensured buyers were vocal in their bidding to fill orders. The small offering of mid-micron and merino wools attracted strong interest from offshore buyers.
Crossbred fleece for all microns was up 1-2 per cent from the last sale on July 28 and second shear fleece was unchanged. Crossbred lamb’s wool was 1 per cent dearer on a limited volume and oddments were unchanged.”
ABC RURAL – by Danielle Grindlay – “Can you pick the difference between a $3,000 ram and a $30,000 ram?
To the untrained eye, the 340 rams being auctioned at Victoria’s Sheepvention agricultural show might look remarkably similar. But to Pinnaroo farmer Peter Wallis, it is the rare combination of commercial traits that can “take a stud to a new level”.”
ABC RURAL – by Danielle Grindlay – “He took out a national wool fashion design competition but Toby Andrews had never set foot on a farm, nor come face to face with a sheep.”
THE COUNTRY – by Doug Laing – “The fundraising crutching of about 6500 sheep on Saturday was as much a reunion as it was a fundraiser.
About 30 shearers and woolshed crew took part in the event at Waitara Station, near Te Haroto, starting at 7am and ending about 5.45pm, a day’s voluntary labour raising about $9000 for the Shearing Sports Hawke’s Bay’s Great Raihania Shears at October’s Royal Show in Hastings.”
WEST COAST SENTINEL – “ALLALA Poll Merinos enjoyed success with its 13th on-property ram sale at Kapinnie on Friday with an increase in rams sold and the average price compared to last year.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “A MERINO ram with wool that can go anywhere was the talk and the toast of the Hamilton Sheepvention ram sale shed this week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “CLIMATE-READY Jigsaw Farms near Hamilton in Victoria will be a key feature of the Grassland Society of Southern Australia’s annual conference later this month.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE Victorian Farmers Federation has called for the National Wool Declaration to become a condition of sale, rather than being made mandatory.
VFF livestock group president Leonard Valance said making the NWD a condition of sale would be driven by commercial forces rather than just adding more red tape.”