SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “VICTORIAN farmers want the important sheep traceability report Sheepcatcher II to be released, but next Wednesday all state farmer bodies and government agriculture departments will vote on it.”
SGB MEDIA – by David Clucas – “The industry’s original performance fabric is making a comeback with a bit of hidden science.
As performance apparel brands rush to gain authenticity with coveted millennial consumers, many are eyeing natural fabrics as a way to exude the category’s traditional roots.
Wool, which is often dubbed the original performance fabric, has been a big benefactor of the trend. Along with its natural benefits of temperature regulation and odor control, the raw uniqueness of the material’s threads, knits and textures speak to today’s desire for one-of-a-kind items.”
NBR – by Jonathan Underhill – “Australian-owned carpet maker Godfrey Hirst has lost a bid to overturn plans backed by rival Cavalier Corp to create a monopoly in New Zealand wool scouring.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – ” THE wool market surged even higher last week, hitting an 17-month high.
Merino prices picked up another 50c/kg to 80c/kg, on top of rises of up to 40c/kg the week before.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator closed the week at 1363c/kg, its highest level since June last year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – ” A BUMPER spring has kept mutton prices up to 30 per cent higher than this time last year.
The Victorian mutton saleyard indicator closed last week at 423c/kg carcass weight, a massive 97c/kg higher year-on-year.
And it is the ability of sheep producers to retain their stock for longer, thanks to good feed supplies, that meant a 17 per cent smaller offering in Victoria and NSW saleyards last week compared with the same period 12 months earlier.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – ” LEAVING nothing to chance is one of the philosophies of the Attard family of Gostwyck Merino.
From testing every fleece and sustainable grazing practices to minimal use of chemicals, every management practice is carried out to ensure the woollen garments at the other end are the most comfortable next to skin and of the highest quality.”
VICTOR HARBOUR TIMES – “Genuine price premiums which put more money in woolgrowers’ pockets are just one reason why growers are being urged to become part of a new regionally-branded wool supply group from the Barossa. To build the Barossa wool brand, Australian Wool Network is inviting growers to participate in its Direct Network Advantage (DNA) program which allows them to follow the journey of their wool from ‘bale to retail’.”
The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report: Wool prices drop further as summer looms in the south with the start of the drying winds
INTEREST.CO.NZ – “… WOOL
Another North Island auction and more off the same, with prices easing further with only focused buying in the 72% clearance rate.
Real concerns now exist for values during the summer shear and wool grower’s confidence has plummeted for their product, after enjoying the last three years with respectable wool prices.”
ABC NEWS – Brisbane by Jessica Hinchliffe – “Live reindeer being used in annual Christmas parades could soon be a thing of the past if animal protection group PETA has its way.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) want the Brisbane City Council (BCC) to ban the use of the deer at festive celebrations.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “YOUNG people passionate about the sheep and wool industry, and wanting to make a difference, can now apply for the prestigious 2017 Peter Westblade Scholarship.”