AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 10 March 2017 (Week 36)
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “A PROTOYPE wool bale sterilizer has been unveiled to industry leaders in a bid to prepare the trade from impacts arising from emergency animal disease outbreaks.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “A NEW ZEALAND trial is giving hope to sheep producers facing footrot in their flocks.
Mark Ferguson, from the New Zealand Merino Company, told the Sheep Genetics Leading Breeder Conference last week footrot presented a problem when expanding a Merino flock.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release New Zealand Wool Services – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that a weakening New Zealand dollar and steady off-shore buying interest saw all wool types improve for the South Island offering of 5,300 bales with 88 percent selling.”
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – “Entries are open for the 17th Australian Fleece Competition. The prestigious competition has a total prize value of more than $16,000 and encompasses all main wool types – including Merino, Dohnes, Polwarths, Corriedales, British and other breeds.”
DENILIQUIN PASTORAL TIMES – by Zoe McMaugh – “There is nothing new about trying to protect your shearing machinery, but how you protect it is the key.
Whether it ends up full of dust, flies, hornets and webs all depends on the protection of the machine in between shearing times.
Old sheets, blankets, jeans and wool sacks have been the tried but not particularly effective method of prevention in the past.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Fiona Myers – “Sheep producers could be in for their best year yet according to predictions made at an MLA forum in Melbourne today.”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – “THE wool market’s 1500c clean price has a nice ring to it says Bruce McLeish of Elders Wool. “
NZ FARMER – by Kate Taylor – “A Hawke’s Bay ram breeder has had hundreds of students through his gates, but none quite like Silja Alamikkotervo, he tells Kate Taylor… Not only does the One Stop Ram Shop offer a variety of sheep breeds, but there’s usually a variety of nationalities as well.
Hundreds of students and wwoofers (Willing Workers on Organic Farms) have been through its gates but none have impressed host Robin Hilson as much as Finnish teenager Silja Alamikkotervo.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Tomorrow’s Wagin Woolorama will kick off amid a period of skyrocketing Australian wool prices.
The sustained high prices of recent months soared to new levels last week when the Eastern Market Indicator hit a magical 1500 cents/kg, and the Western Market Indicator an even higher 1547c/kg.”