COUNTRY NEWS – by Emma Carinci – “It might be good news for sheep breeders in the north-east, after the increases in average sale prices at the North East Merino Breeders’ 21st annual ram sale at Benalla Showgrounds last Tuesday proves there are some strong genetics out there.
The average sale price was $1660 — an eight per cent increase on last year’s average.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool demand waned on Wooltrade during the first post-recess physical auction sales last week.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul – “THERE is a new face on the road for the Primaries wool team in the Eastern Wheatbelt area, with Mark Boxall now servicing clients in the region.
Mr Boxall started on the road in the area in July but is no stranger in the Primaries wool team, having completed a two-year training program with company, covering all aspects of the store, as well as cataloguing and valuations of clips for sale.”
RNZ – RADIO NZ – by Alexa Cook – “A high country sheep farmer wants the government to introduce two types of moth into New Zealand to help control a putrid-smelling lucerne crop weed called horehound. Horehound looks like mint and is recognised as one of the worst lucerne weeds – sticking to sheep wool and reducing its value, and it can also taint the meat if large amounts are eaten.”
THE RURAL – by Paul McLoughlin – “Numbers lifted at the Wagga market and combined in the total were 6750 new season lambs.
Quality was mixed across old trade categories, with full wool lambs not carrying the fat cover required for trade buyers, resulting in some pen lots heavily discounted.”
THE NATIONAL – by Nan Spowart – “IT’S the Borders town of Moffat’s version of the Lamborghini – a baarmy annual sheep race through the streets.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release Landcare Research – “A high country sheep farmer is leading the fight against a putrid-smelling weed that reduces lucerne yields, wool quality and taints meat.
Gavin Loxton has formed the Horehound Biocontrol Group, which is working with Landcare Research, in a bid to introduce to New Zealand two moths that are proving successful biocontrol agents against the weed in Australia.”
THE SCOTTISH FARMER – by Gordon Davidson – ” A NEW British Wool Premium Label Partnership has been launched by the British Wool Marketing Board to promote manufacturers that use a higher content of British grown wool in their carpets, rugs and other products.
The hope is that this will allow quality manufacturers a chance to influence how much wool of genuine British origin is used in the blend of their ranges.”
SEENEWS.COM – by Ivaylo Mihaylov – “SOFIA (Bulgaria), August 15 (SeeNews) – Bulgarian wool producer Katex [BUL:5KTE] said it is halting operations due to decreased productivity and unfavorable market conditions.
The company has started a layoff procedure of its personnel, it said in a letter posted on its website.”
NEWS NORTH WALES – by Keri Trigg – ” TWO Powys men hope to become UK record holders in a nine-hour sheep shearing feat.
Ian Jones, from Hundred House near Builth Wells, and Gareth Daniel from Penegoes, near Machynlleth, will take on the record attempt on August 19 as they aim to shear as many lambs as possible in the time frame.”