NZ HERALD – “A former world shearing champion believes the world shearing title is a wide-open contest as he prepares for the coming competition.
Gavin Mutch, a transplanted Scotsman who farms in Taranaki, qualified for the World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships with his win at the Royal Highland Show in June.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “CONTENT delivered direct to wool growers digitally and not via mainstream media is central to Australian Wool Innovation’s communication’s strategy, chief executive officer Stuart McCullough has said.”
THE SHEEP SITE – USDA National Wool Review – 28 November 2016
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP wellbeing and productivity research at the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation will be led by livestock scientist and consultant, Dr Lewis Kahn, with the retirement of program leader Professor Geoff Hinch.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “Merino prices lifted unexpectedly again in the last big New Zealand offering of the year at Melbourne last week.
Among the offering was the clip from Awatere Valley’s Muller Station and Upcot Station which remain blocked by the 7.8 earthquake.
A large influx of Australian fine wool was expected to take the edge off good prices, but demand held up for the 1800 bale offering presented by the New Zealand Merino Company (NZM).”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – from Doug Laing – “Late start early win as Grainger wins beats World Champs hope at Stratford.
Te Kuiti shearer Mark Grainger had a confidence-boosting pre-Christmas win when he downed former World and Golden Shears champion Gavin Mutch in the final of the Stratford A and P Show’s shearing championships yesterday.”
GISBOURNE HERALD NZ – by Murray Robertson – “TWO Gisborne Wool businesses — Gisborne Wool Company Ltd and Fred Tate Wools Ltd — have announced their intention to merge into one operational and trading entity.
The newly-formed company will be called East Coast Wools Ltd.
“After a few years talking about it, we feel now is the right time to announce the merger,” said Fred Tate Wools chief executive Peter Tate.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Karen Bailey – “A HUGE surge in buyer interest during the past week has resulted in the Northern Market Indicator jumping 59 cents a kilogram to finish the week on 1418c/kg.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – ” CHANTEL McAlister is on a mission: to combine her love of wool with her photography skills to restore a sense of pride in the wool industry.
Wool classer Ms McAlister is about to embark on what she has christened The Truth about Wool Tour. It will take her into sheds across Australia, where she intends to shoot images and videos of shearing and wool. These will then be released through social media, as well as being turned into a book and a touring exhibition.”
ABC RURAL – by Lydia Burton – “Shearing contractors from across Queensland have banded together to address the worker shortage, after a sudden resurgence of sheep caught the industry by surprise.”