THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “THE delivery of a truck load of wool reassured Glen Gordon he was wise to keep sheep in his mixed-farming enterprise.
The farmer from Colinroobie, near Leeton in southern NSW, is one of the few who have kept running sheep alongside cropping in his district. Yet he’s always believed in their merit in the 475mm rainfall country.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WOOL’S new online selling system continues to cause a rift between industry leaders.
Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has recommended a vote for Wil Wilson, Wool Exchange Portal Working Group chairman, in the upcoming AWI board elections.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “A COUSIN of Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman helped select preferred candidates for this year’s AWI board election.
The revelation comes amid further claims of governance issues at the peak wool grower body ahead of its board election and annual general meeting in Sydney next Friday.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kate Dowler – “RECORD wool prices helped drive up ram prices by an average of $500 at The Mountain Dam Poll Merino stud on Monday.
As spring ram sales draw to a close, producers continue to show they are willing to fork out for the right genetics.
At The Mountain Dam, 56 rams sold from 60 offered in the main auction, for a top of $3800 and average of $1800.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WOOL’S wondrous rise continues to break records.
The industry’s benchmark Eastern Market Indicator peaked at a record 1623c/kg last week.
This represented an increase of 45c/kg on the previous week, with fine microns achieving significantly better gains. The EMI has risen 320c/kg — or 25 per cent — in the past 12 months”
STUFF – BUSINESS DAY – by Madison Reidy – “There may not be enough New Zealand merino wool available to fuel Icebreakers sales growth plans under its new owner.
Icebreaker may not be able to source enough New Zealand merino wool to cope with its new owner’s expanded production plans to have enough ethically sourced wool available to make all the clothes planned.
Icebreaker chairman Rob Fyfe said the sale of Icebreaker to United States retail giant VF Corporation could double sales in a few years.”
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Cavendish woolgrower Robert Lawrance has hit back at the barrage of criticism against Australian Wool International (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman, saying it’s based on personal politics and not on the AWI’s performance.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – by Tony Chaston – “No auction last week as wool exporters get a breather from the lack of interest in crossbred fibre, and insatiable demand for finer micron wools.
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It has been noted more animals with wool sheding genes are being bred by lifestyle block holders, and breeders are showing interest in animals with short bare tails in a bid to reduce costs of the shearing operation.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “KERRSVILLE
*49 of 58 rams sold to $3300, av $1188
KERRSVILLE Merino and Poll Merino stud, Coleraine, offered an even line up of rams at its on-property ram sale last week, where it reached new sale highs.”
THE TELEGRAPH – by Shepparton News – “Deniliquin sheep farmer Alan Wragge achieved what is believed to be the highest wool price of the year last month.
Mr Wragge sold his 17.8 micron fleece for $3105 per bale, earning 1545 cents per greasy kilogram and 2210 cents per clean kilogram.”