AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Weekly price Reports
NZ FARMER – by Pat Deavoll – “Maryburn Station’s Martin Murray is the supreme winner of the fine fleece at this year’s National Golden Fleece Exhibition.
The winning fleece was from a hogget and was the first time a hogget fleece had won the award, said Murray.
The Mackenzie Country farmer also placed first in the fine merino woolly hogget fleece from 18.6-20.5 microns in the competition on April 21 and second, third and fourth in the super fine merino ewe fleece of16.1-18.5 microns.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices rebounded this week – up 40-50c/kg clean for most Merino fleece — as the Australian dollar drifted lower against the US currency.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEPMEAT Council of Australia chief executive officer Mark Harvey-Sutton is among two sheep and wool industry representatives on the new Australian Competition and Consumer Commission Agriculture Consultative Committee.”
ABC RURAL – by Virginia Small and Gavin Coote – “Farmers in New South Wales have rejected calls for an end to the mulesing of sheep, which Australia’s biggest animal welfare group has labelled “brutal”. The RSPCA says more than five million merino lambs undergo mulesing without pain relief, which is the stripping of skin from the animal’s buttocks to prevent fly infestation.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Joe Kelly – “Companies with a track record of safe and secure international trading will have access to a $70 million scheme, to be included in next week’s budget, allowing their air and sea cargo to receive priority treatment at the border.”
ABC NEWS – by Peter Gunders – “Lady Florence Pearl Logan, who died in Toowoomba last week aged 93, is credited with establishing Queensland’s first School of the Air and setting up the medical school at James Cook University.
And, according to her Federal MP Bob Katter, she was also responsible for saving the wool industry.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale – “NEW Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries proposal to ban live exporters, more than a decade after the country ceased exporting livestock for slaughter, will have no impact to the Australian market.
The move was proposed in NZ’s animal welfare act which also suggests changes to live animal export regulations, requiring welfare reports on livestock for breeding, during and after export.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lindsay Hayes – “A SWITCH from another sheep breed to the high-performing Prime South African Mutton Merino has proven a boon for a southern NSW farming family.
Graeme Wright, his wife Lyn, their son James and daughter-in-law Gail, run 250 stud and 750 commercial SAMM ewes in conjunction with a cropping enterprise on their 1870ha property at Faithfull, near Boree Creek.”
SPECIALTY FABRICS REVIEW – “The Lenzing Group, Lenzing, Austria, and The Woolmark Company, Sydney, Australia, signed a cooperation agreement and presented the partnership between the lyocell fiber TINCEL® and Merino wool. The fiber duo introduces a new dimension to high-end textiles and active wear.”