FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale and Kristen Frost – “FOLLOWING an 18 year hiatus from the show arena, legendary Merino breeder John Williams returned with an emotional performance at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show, winning the prestigious Stonehaven Cup for the 11th time.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “TWO stories told at a landmark 30-years-in-business celebration for Peter Scanlan Wools (PSW) last Friday epitomise the good luck and tenacity required for success as a wool trader.
Ironically it was the self-effacing business founders, Peter Scanlan, 76, and his wife and business partner Margaret – they celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last year – who told the stories about themselves.”
THE EXAMINER – “We couldn’t have predicted how our regional knitting project would bring so many people together.
The story of Frank, a sheep farmer from western Victoria, is the inspiration behind our large-scale textile art project called WARM. He had seen the effects of climate change and had no choice but to sell the farm that had been in his family for five generations.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Grace Ryan – “The National Kelpie Field Trial took place last week at the Nyngan Showgrounds.
Forty competitors in over 200 runs made for a very successful week for the competition.”
THE GUARDIAN – “The British Wool Marketing Board has a slogan at once complacent and defensive. Man it reiterates throughout its explanatory literature, cannot match it. And no synthetic fibre can rival wool’s list of virtues: it is hard-wearing; its texture pleases the touch, its lustre the eye; it sheds rain and it insulates the wearer from variations in temperature; it accepts dye readily so that all sorts of subtleties of shade are possible; and it comes, in Britain at least, in so many different strengths and qualities that it is extraordinarily versatile.”
NBR – by Tina Morrison – “New Zealand wool prices declined at yesterday’s auction as a stronger local currency made the country’s exports less attractive.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Police are investigating the theft of 160 merino ewes from a property at Cookamidgera.
The sheep were stolen sometime between May and August. “
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 12 August 2016 (Week 6)
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – by Tina Morrison – Business Desk – “New Zealand wool prices declined at yesterday’s auction as a stronger local currency made the country’s exports less attractive.
Some 55 percent of the 8,640 bales on offer at yesterday’s North Island auction were for strong crossbred second shear wool. The prices for 37-micron second-shear wool fell to $4.75 a kilogram, from $4.85 when the fibre was last traded in the North Island three weeks ago, and the price is 18 percent below the same period last year, according to AgriHQ. The price for strong crossbred fleeces also slipped, with 39-micron wool at $5.45/kg from $5.55/kg at last week’s South Island auction, and 6 percent below last year’s price.”
ABC RURAL – by Peta Doherty – “As our Olympic athletes faced their first day of competition in Rio, the country’s top 120 working dogs slogged it out in West Wyalong, New South Wales at the 2016 Australian Yard Dog Championships.”