THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – ” THE University of Melbourne has been crowned the champion tertiary team at the National Merino Challenge.
Competiting against more than 140 students from across Australia, the 16 Melbourne Uni wool enthusiasts have been studying hard with sheep and wool experts from across Victoria — and it paid off.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “FIRST-TIME entrants excelled at Australian Wool Innovation’s National Merino Challenge in Sydney, highlighting the role the event is playing in extending industry skills and opportunities to agricultural students from rural and city backgrounds.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale – “Woolgrowers are cashing in on the bullish wool prices by securing forward trading contracts from mid-2016 out to early 2017.
Riemann Agriculture Services Forward Wool system received a flurry of activity last week when 168,000 kilograms of 19 and 21 micron wool was put under contract for the next 12 months.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “MORE than 140 students competed in the National Merino Challenge in Sydney at the weekend.
Coming from NSW, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, the students were learning about visual assessment, body condition scores, feed budgeting, wool assessment and everything to do with a Merino business.”
ABC NEWS – by Lucy Murray – “Outback graziers say this year’s Queensland Sheep Show held in the state’s central west represented a turning point for the sheep and wool industry.
Wool out west has suffered a massive decline since the 1990s due to wild dog attacks and a wool price crash.”
AGWEB POWERED BY FARM JOURNAL – “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.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 13 May 2016 (Week 46)
SHEEP CENTRAL – “TWO Merino rams — Fred and Truffles — were the stars of The Woolmark Company’s Wool Week Australia events in Sydney this week, as part of the global Campaign for Wool.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices rose again this week, underpinned by a lower Australian dollar against the US currency. Buyers showed a preference for stylish, high tensile strength wool 18-19 microns and finer, especially lines with less vegetable matter content.”
ABC RURAL – QLD Country Hour by Lydia Burton – “Despite the drought and ongoing struggles with wild dogs, Queensland’s sheep producers remain optimistic about the future of the industry.
In the last 25 years, Australia has gone from producing 180 million sheep a year to just 71 million, according to Australian Wool Innovation.”