THE DURANGO TELEGRAPH (US) – by Joy Martin – “The unsung hero of blister prevention has arrived stateside, and leading the reform-in-your-shoes is Durango-based entrepreneur Jill Schuman. Her wonder wool product, called eNZees Foot Soother, is fit for the soles of kings and the toes of outdoor recreationists and mall walkers alike.”
JUST-STYLE – by Leonie Barrie – “Nearly a year after deciding to re-build its wool programme after an investigation exposed “extreme cruelty” at one of its main suppliers, US outdoor brand Patagonia has developed its own wool standard.”
NZ FARMER – “Wool prices turned a corner to come off their lows across all categories at the Christchurch wool sale on Thursday.
After a month of uncertainty, wool agents credited the increase to limited volumes, renewed export inquires and a softer dollar as well as a top offering of pre lamb crossbred and second shear fleece.”
VOXY – Contributor: Fuseworks Media – “New Zealand Wool Services International LTDs CEO Mr John Dawson reports that despite a strengthening NZ dollar, the varied selection at this week’s South Island auction attracted strong support.
Of the 7700 bales on offer 85 percent sold. The weighted currency indicator was up 2.06 percent compared to the previous week’s auction.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stuart Kyle, Director, Westech AG Kyle Livestock – “After two tough years Kaniva again started the season behind the eight ball, with a lot of areas getting a start in late April we missed again.
May was probably one of the mildest Mays we have had for a long time, hence crops and feed bouncing out of the ground as soon as we got a bit of moisture.”
STOCK & LAND – “A BIG crowd of bidders watched the North Cowie sale at Warooka reach a top of $4400 for a 109-kilogram 26-month-old Merino ram.
North Cowie principal Joe Murdoch described it as a “big upstanding ram”.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “Members of the Queensland Parliament Agricultural and Environment committee were in Longreach this week to inspect cluster fencing on surrounding properties, hosted by the Member for Gregory, Lachlan Millar.”
VOXY (NZ) – “New Zealand shearer Matt Smith has this morning in England smashed the World solo nine-hours ewe shearing record with a new tally of 731 in the first World shearing record ever attempted in the Northern Hemisphere.
The previous record of 721 had stood for more than nine years since being shorn by Hawke’s Bay gun Rodney Sutton in a King Country woolshed in January 2007.”
THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER – “Ben Swain, from BCS Agribusiness Solutions at Gunnedah and the executive officer of the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Associatio, was among the speakers at a New England Merino sire evaluation field day at “Birrahlee”, Kentucky, on July 22, where about 50 woolgrowers gathered to hear the 2014 and 2015 progeny results from the benchmarking program.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabriele Johnston – “TOWALBA Merino stud from Peak Hill has won the NSW Midstate Merino Champion Hogget competition for the second time in three years.
The 16-month-old winning Towalba Merino was an embryo transfer ram growing an 18.8 micron fleece, with a standard deviation of 4.1 micron and coefficient of variation of 21 per cent.”