STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “An excellent season has set up last year’s Australian Sheep & Wool Show Merino champion breeders up for another good showing in 2017.
Rock-Bank, Victorian Valley, took out Victorian-bred ram and grand champion Poll Merino Ram of the show.”
XINHUANET – “CANBERRA, July 3 (Xinhua) — Australia’s Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on Monday expressed confidence that Australia and the European Union (EU) can quickly reach a free trade agreement (FTA) post-Brexit.
Speaking to Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) radio on Monday, Joyce said he had attended both formal and informal meetings with the EU’s trade commissioner Phil Hogan this week, discussing the details of a food and agriculture FTA between the EU and Australia in coming years.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – “BUOYANT wool prices have benefitted a charity to the tune of nearly $13,000, thanks to a partnership between Australian Wool Network (AWN) and the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS).
Every year since 2004 AWN has selected a number of bales to be auctioned in the final week of the selling season and the proceeds from these are donated to the charity which helps those in rural and remote areas.”
IOWA FARMER TODAY – by Jeff DeYoung – “Randall Vos says optimism is high in Iowa’s sheep industry.
Vos, who runs a 100-ewe commercial flock near Pella, serves on the board of directors of the Iowa Sheep Industry Association. He says strong lamb prices have helped fuel thoughts of expansion.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “QUEENSLAND sheep producers will get advice on feeding to fertility and applying cost-benefit analyses in a free webinar on Wednesday July 5.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “LAMB survival impacts of supplementing pregnant ewes with calcium and magnesium will be outlined at the annual Graham Centre Sheep Forum this week.”
GT GEORGIA TODAY – The ISET Economist, a blog about economics in Georgia and the South Caucasus by the International School of Economics at TSU (ISET) – by Rati Kochlamazashvili and Pati mamardashvili – “Back in 2014, Georgia and the European Union (EU) signed an Association Agreement, which included the Deep and Comprehensive Free Trade Area (DCFTA) between the EU and Georgia. While this agreement creates new opportunities for Georgia’s agricultural exports, high food safety standards in the EU market make it difficult to fully utilize these opportunities. This is particularly true for products of animal origin, which are subject to strict regulations. The necessary standards were successfully met last year for Georgian wool (fleece), and it became the first animal product to be exported from Georgia to the United Kingdom market (which is still a member of EU – for now)…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “WOOL growers seeking cover for next year’s clip should be heartened to see the 21 micron forwards market trade at 1350 cents into September 2018 this morning.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week starting 3/7/2017
With an increase of over 14,000 bales offered nationally last week, the Eastern Market Indicator softened by 26 cents to conclude at 1,507c/kg. Wednesday’s selling saw the majority of the microns fall, while Thursday saw most microns stabilize and some even firm towards the end of the day.”
DARLINGTON & STOCKTON TIMES – by Mike Bridgen – “IAN Brooksbank, head grader with the British Wool Board, has been presented with the Frank Williams Trophy for his outstanding work for the Cotswold Sheep Society.
He was nominated by members for his contribution to the society through educational talks, regular judging and helpful feedback.”