FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WESTERN AUSTRALIA led Australia’s wool markets into historic record territory recently with the Western Indicator (WI) becoming the first Australian regional wool market indicator to smash through a notional $20 a kilogram barrier.”
ABC NEWS – by Jess Davis – “A spike in stock theft and rural crime in Victoria is testing the patience of farmers who want tougher penalties and more powers for police to address the growing problem.
More than $1.5 million worth of livestock is stolen from across the state every year but police said that due to under-reporting the real number is likely to be much higher.
Central Victorian sheep farmer Rebecca Hamilton said livestock had been stolen off her property six times over the last decade.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Catherine Miller – “The next generation of woolbrokers, woolgrowers, consultants and livestock nutritionists gained a valuable insight into the sheep and wool industry at the 2018 Australian Wool Innovation National Merino Challenge, held on the weekend in Adelaide.”
ABC NEWS – by Sean Murphy – “Margaret River, known for wine and surf, seems an unlikely place for a new breed of sheep.
But just as surprising is the man behind a 25-year breeding program which has led to the new “lamb master” meat sheep.”
ABC NEWS – by Stephen Letts – “Australia’s woolgrowers are about to hit a milestone many thought was unthinkable even a few years ago, with prices set to burst through $20 a kilogram.”
ABC RADIO NATIONAL – “Credited as the founder of Australia’s wool industry and the man who introduced merinos, John Macarthur has taken centre stage in the country’s history books up to now.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce Mc Leish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “ANOTHER ‘half a buck’ was added to the already high wool prices in Australia during the past week as buyers continued to chase, sometimes desperately, quantities of wool to cover orders and ensure machinery would not stop in the coming months.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “KEEP calm and get pregnant.
That’s the advice from a study published by The University of Western Australia (UWA) after researching the reproductive outcomes of 200 Merino ewes known to have either a calm or a nervous temperament.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 18 May 2018 (Week 46)
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S wool price benchmark exceeded the 1900-cent mark for the first time this week to reach 1943 cents a kg clean as demand for medium Merino wools surged, giving some growers their best wool prices in decades.”