FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “RESURGENT demand on Thursday last week put paid to suggestions wool buyers had maxed out their credit cards in a November pre-Christmas shopping spree.
A two-sale price slump at the Western Wool Centre (WWC), and Melbourne and Sydney centres also, prior to Thursday appears to have been a steadying correction for a market considered by some to be in danger of turning the tender festive season lamb into overdone mutton.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “WOOL prices have surged a stunning 28 per cent in the past two years, capped by rises in the final sales for the year.
And a forecast increase in wool production next season is not expected to dampen prices.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “THE wool market had its strongest finish to a calendar year on record last week.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator closed at 1355c/kg and according to the Australian Wool Exchange it is the highest calendar year closing figure on record.”
THE FASHION LAW – “Ermenegildo Zegna is joining the ranks of Hermès, LVMH, and Kering, among others at the truly upper echelon of the luxury goods industry. The $1.3 billion Italian suiting company has acquired an ownership stake in Achill, a 6,100-acre farm about 40 minutes east of Armidale, Australia, complete with 10,000 sheep that have been bred to produce some of the finest merino wool on earth.”
NATIONAL AUCTION SELLING COMMITTEE – In recess until Week 28 – 9/1/2016
FARM WEEKLY – by Bobbie Hinkley – “ALEX and Judy Cant, along with son Cameron and daughter-in-law Tracey, run 8000 Merino wethers at Kojonup.
As some of the very few remaining sheep producers in the area who run a wether-only flock, it comes as no surprise that Mr Cant is a true wool man who strongly believes in the merits of Merino fleece and the importance of its continued production long into the future.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “AN intense week-long visit to Nepal has alerted Primaries of WA wool manager Greg Tilbrook to the potential threat Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) could pose to Australia’s wool industry.
Mr Tilbrook and Esperance veterinarian Enoch Bergman were two West Australians in a contingent of Australian vets and sheep and cattle industry people on a study tour last month to Nepal to look at FMD.”
NZ FARMER – by Jill Galloway – “Some of New Zealand’s best rams went under the auctioneer’s hammer at Feilding at an annual stud ram and ewe sale.
The sale attracted rams from the South Island with entries in the catalogue dominated by wool and meat breed rams from throughout the North Island.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Global Merino truly lives up to its name.
In August, the company’s founder and chief executive Jose Fernandez and his family moved from the United States to Spain.
The company itself remains based in California, there is an office in Bangkok, its technical director is in Melbourne and much of its merino wool is sourced from New Zealand.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – “Young people passionate about the sheep and wool industry, and wanting to make a difference, can apply for the prestigious 2017 Peter Westblade Scholarship.
Now entering its sixth year, the scholarship provides opportunities to experience all aspects of the sheep and wool industry.”