THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “AFTER a year of study young farmer Cam Gibbs has just received his wool classer’s stencil.
He was at the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne last week to see the lamb’s wool he classed, his first, up for auction.”
NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – ” A Colorado couple that once made their living on the ski slopes before shifting to merino wear are about to progress into glovemaking and this will benefit New Zealand’s fine wool farmers, writes Tim Cronshaw.
High country farmers stand to share some of the spoils from merino active wear pioneers Peter and Patty Duke adding gloves to a sock range for their Point6 company.”
AUSTRALIA FORUM – “Doing trade with Australia is set to become faster and more streamlined with the unveiling of a $70 million programme creating a trusted trader environment.
The Australian Trusted Trader (ATT) programme, a partnership between Government and private industry, is aimed at enhancing trade by improving the international competitiveness of Australian businesses.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “WOOL growers could be on the brink of another stellar rise in prices. Some analysts believe the looming shortage of wool in the lead-up to the midyear break could see prices lift as they did in a similar period last year. But the value of the Australian currency will be a key factor in whatever happens in the next two months, according to Australian Wool Networks risk manager Brent Squires.”
THE HERALD – by WMN Athwenna – “A nationwide competition to find the country’s best fleece is being re-launched.
The British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB), in association with JG Animal Health, will be opening the golden fleece competition to all producers marketing their wool through the BWMB.”
FARMING LIFE (UK) – “Currency fluctuations involving both sterling and the New Zealand dollar have combined to bring pressure on wool prices over the past 12 months, according to Northern Ireland’s Wool Board representative Ian Buchanan.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool sales improved through Wooltrade last week as the physical market lifted. More than 600 bales were sold on Wooltrade as the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator stepped back up to 1241 cents.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “My good friend Rosemary Champion gave me an update on the Longreach Drovers Reunion.
“The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame hosted the 26th Annual Drovers Reunion on the Labour Day weekend to great acclaim by the 50 drovers and their families who travelled thousands of kilometres from around Australia on their annual pilgrimage to meet their mates again in Longreach,” Rosemary said.”
STOCK & LAND – by Sally Cripps – ” “One of the great pieces of Australian history” – these were the words of Gerry Fogarty in welcoming visitors to Barcaldine for the 125th anniversary of the 1891 Shearers’ Strike – and that was how the town remembered and celebrated the nationally significant event on the weekend.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders – “Finally the currency pendulum swung in favour of Australian woolgrowers and prices rebounded at local auctions this week. With the local currency easing against the USD as a result of lower CPI numbers, prices were flat in USD, but managed a significant reversal of fortunes for local sellers with a 24-cent increase in the AWEX EMI recorded.”