QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders – “A surging Australian currency took a toll on the Australian wool market this week with prices as measured by the AWEX EMI easing by 26 cents. However there is still enough demand around the world, and low supply across the globe to keep prices moving forward in USD terms, and that indicator rose by 9 cents with only the east coast selling centres operating.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool sales slumped last week as the physical market had its most significant fall in almost two months. Wooltrade sold 20 bales last week as the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator fell 26 cents to 1270c/kg clean.”
FIBRE 2 FASHION – Italy – “The Woolmark Company will unveil the Wool Lab autumn/winter 2017/18, a seasonal guide to the wool fabrics and yarns, at the ongoing Pitti Uomo, a platform showcasing men’s clothing and accessories, to be held till June 17 at Florence, Italy.”
HUNTER VALLEY NEWS – “The Rosto Merriwa Festival of the Fleeces attracted record crowds this June long weekend to enjoy the biggest event in the festival’s 26-year history.
Thousands of visitors and locals experienced the diverse attractions celebrating the importance of wool and the Upper Hunter’s special rural heritage.”
WELLINGTON TIMES – “A NSW Merino ram has left its mark on an interstate sire evaluation trial with dominant results for both carcass and wool traits.
The ram, Mumblebone -130850, has emerged in the Elders Balmoral Sire Evaluation Trial as a leader in weaning weight and post weaning weight, fibre diameter coefficient of variation, and the percentage of tops at classing.”
CHINA DAILY – “Wen Qingnan tries novel ways to revive ailing Lal Lal sheep farm in Australia
When biting winter winds whip through the paddocks of the 170-year-old Lal Lal sheep farm in Australia’s central Victoria this year, a Chinese wool tycoon will be trying to help revive an ailing industry. He’s also hoping to overturn skepticism toward foreign investors.”
BEEF CENTRAL – “The fight to stop the widespread damage to livestock and the environment caused by wild dogs and foxes will be fortified with two new poison baits now available for use in Australia.”
ABC RURAL – Qld Country Hour – by Lydia Burton – “Graziers who have won State and Federal Government funding to build wild dog fences in western Queensland say they are “over the moon”.
Seventeen cluster fence projects have been approved in the central-west, which will see more than 1,700km of wild dog fencing built.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jacinta Bolsenbroek – “LEARNING on the family farm has placed third year Murdoch University animal science student Kristy Walters, 20, on top.
Kristy last month won the tertiary section of the National Merino Challenge, run by the Australian Wool Innovation, as the champion over all sections out of almost 100 tertiary student entrants.”
THE EXAMINER – “Upon discovering a scarcity in Australian-made children’s merino wool clothing, Eliza Tole took matters into her own hands.”