HERALD SCOTLAND – by Maddy Searle – “WE ALL know that the Highlands and Islands have had a long and very tangled relationship with wool. There’s the ancient rural traditions of spinning, weaving and knitting – and of course the dark period of the Clearances which saw people displaced from their land to make room for sheep. “
COUNTRY NEWS – “Yarding 18126 (3134), comprising lambs 13534 (3680) and sheep 4592 (-546)
The supply of lambs lifted by nearly 40 per cent, despite the wet conditions.
The bulk of the yarding was young lambs, with the selection of old-season lambs now down to odd pen lots being cleared at the end of each agent’s run…”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul – “A TOP line-up of rams and plenty of positivity surrounding the sheep and wool industries saw a long list of local buyers push prices to a $2700 top at last week’s 72nd annual Northampton ram sale.
In the sale, which was conducted by Primaries, Westcoast Livestock and Landmark, five local Merino studs offered 130 Poll Merino sires and after some strong bidding 122 were cleared under the hammer at an average of $1189, which was up $243 on last year.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Bobbie Hinkley & Courtney Walsh – “MUCH like at last year’s annual sale the Ledwith family’s shed and its adjacent marquee were filled to the brim with top quality rams ready to find new homes on Monday.
The hefty catalogue of Kolindale Merino and Poll Merino rams and Yanda White Suffolks attracted crowds from near and far to the Dudinin farm and secured the stud’s position as one of the largest single vendor sales in the country.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Lynette Carew-Reid – “THE 2016 Anglesey ram sale at Gnowangerup played out in much the same way as last year.
The buyers, $2600 top price and $1582 average were almost the same but the big differences were the incredibly good season that had the rams looking a picture of growth and nourished wools and the dominance of Poll rams compared with their Merino counterparts.”
NZ FARMER – by Matt Philp – “Banks Peninsula would-be weka farmer Roger Beattie is a 10-ideas-before-breakfast kind of man. MATT PHILP hears about some of the maverick’s pet projects.
Roger Beattie is on a roll. The wild sheep breeder, blue pearl and kelp entrepreneur, and, yes, would-be weka farmer, a man who most days has a dozen ideas before breakfast, wants to explain where all this weka business is heading. He kills the quad bike and, for a moment, there’s silence.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Linda Sharman – “STRONG bidding throughout the entire catalogue from new and existing clients saw a total clearance of Merino and Poll Merino rams at the Claypans on-property ram sale last week.”
ABC NEWS – by Landline Fiona Breen – “To combat the drift away from wool production in Australia, European luxury fabric and suit makers have set up Wool Excellence Clubs, rewarding what they say are the very best Australian wool producers with top prices.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Kathryn Fleay – “COLD, windy conditions did little to deter the loyal clients at Arrin Park’s on-property ram sale last week, where the top price reached $900.
The quality of the 42 Merino and 10 Poll Merino rams impressed the return buyers, and saw Arrin Park’s overall average reach $627.
The sale started strongly with the top-priced ram being the first on offer and selling for $900. “
FARM WEEKLY – by Lynette Carew-Reid – “ROCK solid prices from start to finish reflected the evenness of quality throughout the Chirniminup Dohne ram sale at Nyabing on Monday.
The 120-ram yarding posted a $2300 top but it was the consistency of prices that set a $1378 average that was a real highlight.”