ABC RURAL – by Cassandra Hough – “Farmers who are dry sowing crops will be hoping the Bureau of Meteorology’s forecast of an increasing chance of a La Nina weather pattern comes to fruition.
The bureau has put out a La Nina Watch saying there is now a 50 per cent chance some parts of Australia could see wetter than average weather in the second half of the year.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS (NZ) – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s C.E.O, Mr John Dawson reports that the 5,500 bales of North Island wools on offer this week attracted mixed interest with 85 percent selling.
The weighted currency indicator compared to last weeks’ sale was up 1.45 percent, having a negative impact on some types in local terms.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Four Indian designers for womenswear and one for menswear are among India, Pakistan and Middle East regional nominees announced by The Woolmark Company for the International Woolmark Prize, one of the most coveted designer awards in fashion.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “A LIFT in the wool market was welcomed by the Barber family who try to manage prices by selling their clip at different times.
Usually wool is trickle fed onto the market in the three to four months after it is shorn to manage risk. But the latest shearing was finished in March and sold almost as quickly as it could be catalogued. The clip from their property Coliban Park was judged the clip of the sale, and it was clear the buyers liked it too.”
ABC RURAL – by Laurissa Smith – “Australia’s largest trade delegation has converged in Shanghai this week, no doubt talking tactics over a robust red.
But astute Chinese buyers might need something stronger than a Coonawarra cabernet to sign away their mint.”
SJ SOURCING JOURNAL – by Lyndsay McGregor – “One of The Woolmark Company’s longest-standing licensees has produced an Australian first.
Anthony Squires, a tailored menswear brand established in southeast Australia in 1948, is celebrating 50 years as a Woolmark licensee with the launch of Dillon, a trench coat made from a new 100 percent Australian Merino wool fabric called Tempest that’s both wind resistant and water repellent. The topper also features a detachable warmer which is made from the fabric, too.”
VOICE OF AMERICA – by Phil Mercer – “SYDNEY—
Australia has sent its largest ever trade delegation to China. The mission is focusing on agriculture as Australia’s economy adapts to the end of a long mining boom.
This week 1,000 business people from Australia will visit 150 locations across China to seek out new opportunities offered by the free trade agreement between the two countries.”
THE ADVERTISER – by Nigel Austin Rural Editor – “The South Australian sheep industry, a mainstay of the state economy since its early days, has unveiled an ambitious plan to boost the sector by more than $300 million annually by 2020.”
ABC RURAL – by Amy McCosker – “A Korean strain of calicivirus will soon be released to further curb feral rabbit populations that have developed a resistance to myxomatosis and other biological controls.
Rabbits are Australia’s most destructive agricultural introduced pest, estimated to cost the industry $200 million a year.”
WOLLONDILLY ADVERTISER – by Jeff McGill – “I can’t believe how many locals I’ve chatted with who made the trip to Canberra to see the hugely-successful Tom Roberts art exhibition at the National Gallery.
To some, Roberts’ paintings are old hat, idealisms of a vanished world. But visitor stats speak for themselves and his paintings obviously still speak to people today.”