THE RURAL – “Numbers declined owing to wet conditions, which has impacted on the condition of lighter weight categories. Quality across the trade and heavy lamb offering was very good with the bulk of the lambs yarded supplementary fed or finished on Lucerne.”
MONEY CONTROL (INDIA) – “Textiles Minister Smriti Irani has sought suggestions from the Wool and Woollen Export Promotion Council (WWEPC) with a view to boosting exports and creating employment in the sector, the council said today.”
NBR (NZ) – by Fiona Rotherham – “Australian-owned Godfrey Hirst has applied for leave to appeal a High Court decision last month which dismissed an earlier bid to block a merger of New Zealand’s largest wool scouring operations.
The Commerce Commission in November approved a plan for Cavalier Wool Holdings (CWH) [NZX: CAV] to acquire New Zealand Wool Services International’s wool scouring business and assets, saying the public benefits would outweigh the substantial loss of competition. The merger has been stayed pending the appeal by Godfrey Hirst, a rival of New Zealand-owned carpet-maker Cavalier Corp which is one of the three shareholders in CWH.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Rainfall totals between 10 mm and 50 mm were recorded across most of the west and south coast of Western Australia, much of the agricultural districts the agricultural districts of South Australia, most of Victoria except the northwest, most of Tasmania except the southeast, large areas of southern New South Wales, and across a small area of southeastern Queensland.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Bobbie Hinkley – “LAST year 27 per cent of rams sold under the hammer in WA had Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs).
The percentage of WA Merino studs selling rams under the hammer with ASBVs was similar at 26pc.
But despite the seemingly low numbers, there’s no denying the use of ASBVs as a tool to estimate a sheep’s true breeding value (based on pedigree and performance recorded information) is on the rise.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “STRONG online buyer activity followed the strengthening physical market last week, as the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator broke through the 1300c/kg clean mark for the first time since early August. Wooltrade market operations supervisor Tom Rookyard said 542 bales were sold online last week as the EMI gained 23 cents to close at 1320c/kg in the opening week of the 2016-17 selling season.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MANY western and central Victorian farmers have reduced their sheep numbers due to water shortages in the past two years, a Victorian Farmers Federation survey has found. The VFF said 292 federation members across the state responded to the survey, but VFF Stock and Domestic Water Taskforce chairman Peter Delahunty said the federation would welcome a broader state-wide government survey of all farmers on the stock and domestic water issue.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “DONATED bales of WA Merino fleeces last week raised $3284.40 to help keep the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) in the air.
Dyson Jones Wool put two bales up for auction at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) on Wednesday with the sale proceeds donated to Australian Wool Network’s annual fundraiser for the RFDS.
Techwool Trading’s buyer at the WWC, Russell Fraser, bid up to 20 per cent over the odds to see off other bidders and claim the wool, surpassing last year’s donation by $156.85.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul – “WA sheep studs received significant exposure to the Eastern States last week when Landmark hosted a tour around the State for its New South Wales and Victoria-based stud stock representatives.
Over three days the WA Breeding team and local Landmark representatives and agents co-ordinated the event that saw them inspect 67 studs (Merino, British and Australasian, Prime SAMM, Dohne and Dorper) at nine locations.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Ever since he was a young lad, Will Gibson’s passion for the farming sector has been remarkable.
Whether it was exhibiting his coloured merino sheep and fleeces at A&P shows, entering stock-judging competitions with considerable success, or embracing life at home on the farm, he displayed maturity beyond his years.”