GOONDIWINDI ARGUS – “Wool enterprises have boomed in 2017 with sheep industry analysis showing gross margins for Merino fine wool enterprises have risen by 55 percent since 2016 to generate $554 per hectare.
NSW Department of Primary Industries sheep development officer, Geoff Casburn, said the story was positive for sheep across the board, with a wether enterprise proving a real winner.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “ANTICIPATION of a strong spot auction on the back of a weak Australian dollar saw the forwards trade strongly to start the week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN wool prices regained recent losses this week, with new business and favourable exchange rate movements boosting demand from Chinese buyers”
FIBRE2FASHION – Courtesy Australian Wool Innovation – “In a return of a positive trend at the wool auction markets in Australia, sale week 32 ending February 9 saw most merino wool types on offer verging on a full 100ac clean/kg dearer by the close of selling, with some individual lots advancing 150 to 200ac. Crossbreds were by no means neglected either, as these wools all headed 50 to 70 ac higher.”
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Anthony Pinda – “Farmers have been invited to attend a meeting in Avoca where Agriculture Victoria sheep specialist Andrew Kennedy will discuss maternal efficiency in the sheep industry.”
STUFF.CO.NZ – by Annette Lambly – “A Northland farming couple are hoping to add value to the wool they shear from the family flock by creating high value, decorative and functional architectural products which includes a natural wall covering.
Sarah Hewlett and her husband Chris Coffey run Hewlett Point, a sheep and beef farm near Mata around 25 kilometres south east of Whangarei.”
BOOROWA NEWS – “Andrew Southwell from Glenflesk, Rye Park received an Australia Day Landcare Award for ‘Ongoing environmental works and outstanding representation of Landcare in the community.’ “
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “CENTRAL Tablelands Local Land Services will assist producers by holding two seasonal conditions, feeding and weaning workshops.
The first will be held in the Peel Hall on Monday, February 12 from 4pm to 6pm and a similar event is scheduled for the Rylstone Club on Tuesday, February 13 from 4pm to 6pm.”
STOCK & LAND – by Wendy Gould – “ONE of the major projects on the drawing board for Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and The Woolmark Company (TWC) in 2018 will be the launch of a major northern hemisphere campaign and competition, focusing in particular on USA.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) is investigating the misuse of wool classer stencils.
Complaints have been raised with the wool marketing body following incidents where bale stencils were not used by the people registered to stencils. “