THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “A RISE in the wool market was expected last week, but the 80c/kg jump went above and beyond that expectation.
A falling Australian dollar and new demand from China pushed the Eastern Market Indicator equal to the record high of 1818c/kg, set in the opening week of sales this year.”
NZ FARMER – by Rob Tipa – “The Jones Family from Matarae Station have a passion for producing top quality wool and meat, regardless of whether it comes from their consistent line of superfine merinos or well-bred, strong-woolled romney flocks.
The two breeds are run almost side by side on exposed, rocky hill country between Outram and Middlemarch, flourishing in very different micro-climates on the family’s 5500 hectare property between the Rock and Pillar Range and the Strath Taieri Plain.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Some 3,300 exhibitors from around 20 countries covering all apparel fabrics and accessories product groups are expected at the Spring Edition of the industry’s most comprehensive sourcing platform for the spring/summer season, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, during March 14-16, 2018. A special feature of the fair will be the Premium Wool Zone.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool sales increased last week as all types were well-supported on Australia’s physical auction market.”
THE COROWA FREE PRESS – by Shepparton News – “Almost half of all Merino rams are now sold by studs that are members of MERINOSELECT and utilise the Australian Sheep Breeding Values, a report has found.
Research by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) reveals that studs in MERINOSELECT now provide about half of the Merino rams used by commercial producers and more than 80 per cent of the semen used for ram breeding.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Mal Gill – “SOCIAL equality and political correctness have caught up with Your Local Bloke from the CRT rural merchandise network.
He’s been given the flick after more years than anyone can remember as part of the CRT (Combined Rural Traders) advertising slogan.
CRT general manager, Greg O’Neil, told about 1000 CRT/Ruralco network employees and members at last week’s Perth annual conference the slogan was being officially dropped.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “WHEATBELT farmers have reported heavy sheep losses in what has been described as a “war” against wild dogs.
Koolanooka farmers Glenn and Aden Tapscott recorded sheep losses to the amount of $35,000-$40,000 last year and have already lost about $2000 worth in January this year due to wild dog attacks.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE declining Australian dollar helped buyers push wool prices back up last week.
The Eastern Market Indicator closed the week at 1818c/kg — equal to the record high achieved in opening week of sales this year.
There were price hikes across the board in the south, but the superfine and ultrafine end excelled, with the 16.5 micron indicator jumping 153c/kg.”
NZ FARMER – Rural Reporters – “Crossbred wool prices were up slightly for most types at the Christchurch wool sale yesterday.
Particularly the Chinese types in the 28 to 34 micron range showed the most improvement compared with the last sale on January 25.
Crossbred fleece 31 to 35 microns was 4-7 per cent dearer and 35 microns and stronger was up 1-3 per cent. Second shear increased 2-4 per cent and oddments rose the same amount.”
EASTERN RIVERINA CHRONICLE – by Nikki Reynolds – “MORE than 400 people flooded through the gates to participate in one of Henty’s finest events on Saturday.
After heatwave conditions last year organisers of the town’s annual show were pleased to see milder temperatures throughout the Riverina.
Henty Show Society president Warren Dale said the show had plenty of diversity and patrons were not disappointed.”