SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery – “BOTH the auction and forward Merino markets finished the year strongly, but bidding depth is expected to fall away as buyers look to a well-earned break after a very volatile first half of the season.”
DAILY POST (UK) – by Andrew Forgrae – “National sheep fleece competition was won by a family of noted Bluefaced Leicester breeders from GaerwenA sheep fleece originating from North Wales has been named Britain’s best in 2016 for the quality of its wool. The fleece, from a Bluefaced Leicester ewe, was produced by Anglesey farmers Myrfyr and Jayne Roberts.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MORE sheep producers retaining ewes is underpinning a predicted wool production increase in all states except Victoria and Tasmania next year.”
RENEW ECONOMY – by Sophie Vorrath – “The owners of the Mugga Lane Solar Park in the ACT are looking for one more addition to their almost complete 13MW power station – and it’s not battery storage.
Maoneng Group, who started building the solar farm in March after winning a tender in the ACT government’s first large-scale renewables reverse auction, has this week launched its own, rather unusual, tender – for a flock of sheep.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Hannah Driscoll – “DRONE footage has captured the historic scenes at Ballarat saleyards on Tuesday when a new yarding record was set.
Ballarat sheep market on Tuesday had a total yarding of 69,415 — including about 57,000 lambs, also its highest number ever — smashing its previous best by close to 7000, saleyards manager Jonathan Crilly said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “QUEENSLAND’S recovering sheep industry has received a $5 million funding boost to continue cluster fencing developments.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press release: NZ Wool Services International Ltd – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that the combined North and South Island wool auctions this week comprising 13600 bales saw a 79 percent clearance with most types continuing to ease.”
INNOVATION IN TEXTILES – “Australian sports, outdoors and lifestyle brand Mountain Designs has released a range of Wool Rich Blend products made from Corespun Merino, combining comfort, performance and resilience, and targeting applications such as multi-day hiking, climbing, travelling and everyday outdoor activities.”
BLOOMBERG (USA) – by James Gaddy – “Achill, a 6,100-acre farm about 40 minutes east of Armidale, Australia, is not the first place you’d think a $1.3 billion brand such as Ermenegildo Zegna would make an investment. But the 10,000 sheep on the property have been bred to produce some of the finest merino wool on earth. By definition, that means it is at most 18.5 microns wide, or roughly four times thinner than a human hair. (In the world of wool, only baby cashmere and Vicuña, at a minuscule 11 microns, are slimmer.)”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “LIVESTOCK producers, handlers, and vets are among those who can get on-the-ground experience dealing with foot and mouth disease under a federal training program in Nepal…”