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.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “PASTORAL sheep producers are the focus of the latest ‘road-tested’ module in Australia’s practical Making More from Sheep (MMfS) program.”
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.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “It is still in the grip of a deep drought but Longreach is about to become the centre of attention for woolgrowers around the country, when the Queensland Merino Stud Sheepbreeders Association state sheep show takes place this weekend.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “TRANSPARENCY and traceability were key aspects when Jeanswest developed its new Woolmark-certified knitwear collection.
An Australian retailer, Jeanswest worked with The Woolmark Company to launch a women’s and men’s premium knitwear range for autumn/winter.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale – “THE wool market roller coaster has climbed 51 cents per kilogram over the past two weeks due to the influence of the fluctuating US Exchange Rate.
Last week, the market climbed by 27c/kg which resulted in the Eastern Market Indicator closing at 1268c/kg. The rise follows a month of volatility which has seen dramatic fluctuations of 50c/kg since the Easter recess for wool auctions.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “AFTER more than a quarter of a century in business, and double that as friends, Peter Dark and Maurice Jolly attended their final wool sale together last week.
Australian Wool Network senior wool specialist Mr Jolly has been selling Mr Dark’s wool clip since 1990, but in just a few months’ time will retire.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “VICTORIA will be hard to beat at this weekend’s National Merino Challenge, with the University of Melbourne team “pumped” for the competition.
The annual Australian Wool Innovation initiative has competitions for school and tertiary students aimed at developing knowledge, skills and networks in the Merino industry.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “FRED the ram has had more than 100 public appearances.
But, the Merino ram still attracts a big crowd and lots of questions about his fibre.
The Woolmark Company’s celebrity rams, Fred and sidekick Truffles, were in Martin Place in Sydney’s CBD today to highlight the sheep to shop journey for Australian tailor M.J. Bale as part of Wool Week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “A NEW South Wales wool grower has shorn 22,000 sheep on a shearing platform system and does not intend to return to conventional shearing.
Last year the Burbidges at Tarcutta shore their sheep on four professionally-engineered upright shearing platforms over five months using untrained local and backpacker workers.”