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.”
FARM WEEKLY – “Opinion by Bruce Mullan, sheep industry development director at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA.
CURRENT and former sheep producers planning their 2016 operations should consider recent market intelligence that shows rising demand and values for sheep meat and wool.
The Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA)’s latest Sheep Notes shows the value of WA’s sheep meat exports has grown considerably in the past four years.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “AUSTRALIA’S wool clip may not have dipped as much as predicted.
Figures released last week by the Australian Wool Testing Authority show just a 1.7 per cent fall in the weight of wool tested compared with this time last year.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders – “The Australian dollar continued to soften and wool prices reacted accordingly last week with Australian growers being the beneficiaries to the tune of a 27-cent rise in the EMI.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOLTRADE last week sold its largest volume in six months as the wool market strengthened. The online platform sold 1534 bales as the Australian dollar weakened.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Peter Hemphill – “TOUGH seasonal conditions since last spring have reduced Victorian farmers’ willingness to invest in their farming operations.
The latest Commonwealth Bank of Australia Agri Insights Index has fallen from 8.9 points last October to 7.6 points this month.”
NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “Autumn lamb shearing on Coatbridge Station in Marlborough’s Wairau Valley has been a time honoured tradition for the past 165 years.
The 1600 hectare property on the Northbank of the Wairau River has been in the Adams family since 1851.
There are fewer lambs to take the wool off from when the farm ran up to 7000 sheep at its peak.”
ABC RURAL – by Aimee Volkofsky – “Graziers and wool producers in western New South Wales and far-east South Australia are celebrating the arrival of much needed rain yesterday and last night.
It has been dry for a long time; many properties have been buying in feed and pumping groundwater for a couple of years now, to feed the livestock they have managed to hold on to.”
STOCK & LAND – by Charles Olsson – “Recently Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) released its draft strategic three-year plan for public comment, a plan that is virtually the last throw for many in the Merino industry. With the latest shaky WoolPoll outcome recording a paltry 50.6 per cent of shareholders voting, 40pc voted against the 2pc levy. If this trend continues, then these are probably the last three years of levy existence.”