FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale – “A LANDMARK animal welfare act being proposed in New Zealand, which makes the mulesing procedure illegal, will not influence the practices or attitudes of the Australian wool industry.
New Zealand Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) has released a consultation document with 85 proposed animal welfare regulations this month, including a nationwide ban on mulesing.”
THE TELEGRAPH – by Jonathan Wells – “ast week, researchers at the University of Leeds found that using a wool-filled duvet can help regulate sleepers’ temperature considerably more efficiently than feather, down or polyester fibres.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Beale – “THE rising Australian dollar continues to bruise the wool market which received a softened blow of 24 cents last week.
The Australian dollar rose to a ten month high of US78cents last week, while the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) dropped to the lowest price since October and closed at 1217 cents per kilogram.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “IT WAS all about the Australian dollar as the wool market shed 24c/kg to finish at its lowest point since October.
The Eastern Market Indicator dropped to 1241c/kg, while the Australian dollar rose to US78c.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Kelly Butterworth – “CHANTEL Mcalister grew up in Brisbane and was a self-confessed city girl before she moved west and ended up working as a woolclasser and woolshed photographer.”
COOMA-MONARO EXPRESS – “For the second consecutive week the wool market continued to struggle seemingly being held ransom to currency movements.
The Eastern Market Indicator lost 24 cents for the week but was practically unchanged in US dollars due to the strong jump in the Aussie dollar.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Beale – “WHEN creative genius Phil Dickinson of Some Ideas, London, applauded the rebranding of Tasmania Merino at the International Wool Textile Congress in Sydney, the mastermind behind the changes knew the region’s woolgrowers were onto a winner.
This month, a new way of marketing wool has hit the headlines and it controversially shuns the traditional ram’s head or yarn logo.”
ABC RURAL – NSW Country Hour by Peta Doherty and Gavin Coote – “A proposal to reduce farmland rates has been knocked back by a council on the New South Wales central tablelands, despite concerns producers pay twice the amount compared with neighbouring areas.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE bale sales were minimal on Wooltrade last week as the Australian auction market fell to its lowest point since mid-October.”
ABC NEWS – by Alex Bucher and Lauren Waldhuter – “Drought-affected farmers are destocking cattle and sheep and buying costly feed as Tasmania struggles with what some describe as the worst drought in decades. Tasmania experienced its driest spring on record, while the state’s west coast has had its lowest ever nine months of rainfall.”