ABC NEWS – ABC RURAL – by Anna Vidot – “The value of Australia’s agricultural sector is tipped to break another record this financial year, peaking at $63.8 billion.
But after three years of solid growth, the national commodity forecaster expects it will be a high-water mark which will remain unmatched for at least five years. “
STAR WEEKLY – “Police are on the hunt for thieves who fleeced about $70,000 worth of wool from a Laverton North business over the weekend.
Brimbank Crime Investigation Unit believe the unknown offenders broke into the Boundary Road premises about 3am on Sunday morning.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by James Nason – “Steel posts and wire netting are proving to be effective weapons in the fight against wild dogs in Queensland’s traprock region.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “The expectation for sustained, strong retail sales growth will support continued demand for Australian wool exports and strengthening prices for producers.”
FIBRE TO FASHION.COM – “The demand for wool is continuing to grow in major international markets for imported clothing like the EU and the US. The demand is forecast to grow more strongly in China—the world’s largest producer and exporter of woollen clothing and textiles. Increasing domestic consumption of luxury woollen textiles is also a factor pushing wool demand in China.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – “Wool industry heads have warned senators against any moves to relocate their offices from Sydney to a regional centre.
Senior executives at Australian Wool Innovation have been asked — and have declined — to make a submission to a Senate inquiry into relocations.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “DETECTIVES are investigating the theft of about $60,000 worth of wool from the Techwool Trading store at Laverton on Sunday morning.
Almost 40 bales were taken in the burglary, police said.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – “The cover of this new edition of Beyond the Bale features three-times Tour de France winner and current champion Chris Froome wearing Merino wool apparel, as part of a British GQ magazine feature promoting Merino wool in sportswear. This was an initiative by AWI to increase demand for Australian Merino wool in the country’s premium sportswear market.”
MANAWATU STANDARD (NZ) – by Sam Kilmister – “Taihape wool handler Sheree Alabaster and Feilding shearer Aaron Haynes gave the industry’s best a run for their money at the 57th Golden Shears in Masterton
Many of New Zealand’s great champions have had their names engraved in the record books at the national shearing competition, with rivalry between shearers always fierce and uncompromising.”
WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE – by Jake Beleski – “Sheep numbers in New Zealand hit a peak of about 70 million in the 70s and early 80s but the latest statistics show that number currently sits at about 28 million.
Combined with New Zealand hosting the world shearing and woolhandling championships in Invercargill three weeks prior to the event in Masterton, the Golden Shears was always up against it.
Golden Shears president Philip Morrison said yesterday entrants were down about 12 per cent from 2016, but was optimistic numbers would increase again next year.”