THE COUNTRY (NZ HERALD) – by Sally Rae – “”You are going to be the rock stars for the future consumers,” New Zealand Merino chief executive John Brakenridge told about 100 merino growers in Omarama yesterday.
Speaking before the company’s annual meeting in the township, Mr Brakenridge said new brands were emerging where consumers could get to know the producer.”
STOCK AND LAND – by Justin Conlan – “Wurrook
Total clearance of 84 rams, sold to $4500, av $1944
LAST week’s Wurrook’s on property ram sale at Rokewood was a great success and defied the trend away from finer wool.
All 84 rams offered were cleared for an average of $1944, up on last year’s average of $1372. “
NZ FARMER – by Brittany Pickett – “Robyn Charlton took her last sip of cider at Labour Weekend, as she prepares for the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in February.
The Welsh team member will be competing as one of two woolhandler competitors for her home country, alongside close friend Ffion Jones.”
STOCK & LAND – “Last Thursday, the Nhill and Kaniva Districts’ Annual Ewe and Wether Lamb Sale drew a large crowd of local Wimmera and South Australians.
In beautiful spring weather, buyers bid strongly on a top quality yarding of principally locally-bred sheep.
One and a half year-old Merino ewes sold for $172 to a top of $220. Two and a half year-old Merino ewes made $170-$180 and breeding ewes $132-$176. Wether lambs sold for $70-$110.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “Nareeb Nareeb
43 of 50 Merino rams sold to $10,000, av $1680
Total clearance of 58 Poll Merinos sold to $2900, av $1768
LAST Friday, Glenthompson stud Nareeb Nareeb sold more Merinos and Poll Merinos rams than last year and at higher top and average prices.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “BOORANA MERINOS
*58 of 64 rams sold to $2400, av $1415
KYANGA WHITE SUFFOLKS
*48 of 48 rams sold to $1050, av $760
AFTER a total clearance of 40 rams last year, Boorana Merinos has increased their lots on offer at their third annual ram sale in Mortlake last Wednesday.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S largest buyer, processor and exporter of carding wools Michell Wool has employed former Global Wool Export managing director Stephen Hill and his team to grow the combing side of the business.”
GQ INDIA – “The esteemed designer and the co-operative society of weavers join hands to bring the finest creations made with the help of the Woolmark Company…”
CABINET MAKER FURNITURE INDUSTRY NEWS – “Luxury bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks has announced the addition of a rare breed of sheep to its flock, which will potentially be used in a new, limited edition mattress.
The company has introduced a flock of 23 Wensleydale sheep with the intention of using their sumptuous wool as a filling in its luxury mattresses, whilst also helping to protect the breed, which has significantly declined in numbers over the years.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “THE Australian Wool Innovation board pocketed almost $650,000 in the past financial year.
And of the $79.3 million collected in levies, $76.6 million was spent on projects, marketing and administration.
Wool growers will this week receive the annual report from Australian Wool Innovation, which was posted on Monday.”