THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “ALL types of Merino wool lifted in value this week, with limited supplies of 19 to 22 micron fibre leading the way.
The Eastern Market Indicator rose 12c/kg to close the financial year at 1297c/kg, which was 66c/kg above the same time last year.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale – “THERE is a new political player on the block with the 2015 National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia Wool Broker of the Year inspired to shape the future of the industry.
Since taking out the top broker title last year, Toowoomba, Queensland based Landmark auctioneer Matthew Thomas, has set his sights on being an influential leader in the Australian wool industry. “
FARMING UK – “The British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) will be thrusting British wool and the Board’s activities in to the spotlight at this year’s NSA Sheep Event, Malvern of which BWMB is a mainline sponsor.
As part of the BWMB activities at the event the Board’s stand will showcase the work being done on behalf of wool producers to increase returns and BWMB staff will be on hand to answer producers questions, said BWMB chairman Ian Buchanan.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “… Mr Rothwell presented on a panel of livestock industry research, development and marketing bodies from major sectors, including dairy, eggs and wool.
He said looking at animal welfare and consumer perception as an economic risk was a “seismic change in thinking within the industry”.
THE STAWELL TIMES-NEWS – “POMS POMS, crafts and crochet have taken over Stawell in preparation for the Winter Woolies festival.
Events start this Friday, with the town to be transformed into a woolen wonderland by the festival end.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SLAUGHTER lamb prices generally fell early this week as saleyard offerings increased in New South Wales and South Australia, but declined further in Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia.”
ABC RURAL – Vic Country Hour by David Sparkes – “A trial is underway in south-west Victoria to prevent newborn lambs dying from exposure to the cold during their first hours of life.
The study is using wind shelters to prevent the wind chill factor becoming too high, and although the method sounds simple, ensuring ewes give birth near the shelters is proving more complex.”
OTAGAO DAILY TIMES (NZ) – by Sally Rae – ” Direct trade impacts of Brexit on New Zealand’s agricultural sector are likely to be relatively contained, Rabobank says.
The United Kingdom and the EU-27 (excluding the UK) now contributed only a relatively small share of New Zealand food and agricultural exports; 4.3% and 8.8% respectively, by value.”
SWVA TODAY (USA) – by Dr Andy Overbay – “Producers in Virginia and North Carolina interested in marketing their wool through local wool pools will have the opportunity to do so through Mid-States Wool Growers Cooperative Association, based in Canal Winchester, Ohio. Producers are encouraged to package, handle and store their wool in an appropriate manner in order to maximize the value of their wool clip. Wool should be packaged by type and grade (ewe vs. lamb wool, long staple vs. short wools, fine vs. medium wools) in plastic bags and be clean, dry and have foreign material (straw, mud, manure) removed prior to packaging. Following is a list of local pool delivery dates and locations where wool will be picked up:”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing – “NEW Zealand shearers Rowland Smith and John Kirkpatrick have broken a 13-year jinx to beat Scotland in a test match at the Lochearnhead Shears over the weekend.”