THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – Countryman – “Long Wool Day at Narrogin brought a crowd of visitors to what was the opening inspection of rams preceding the 2018 ram selling season.
The Narrogin Ram Pavilion packed in some of WA’s best Merino and Poll Merino rams from 35 studs.”
THE RURAL – by Stephen Burns – “Brought forward by four weeks due to deteriorating seasonal conditions, the opening spring sheep sale in the Riverina saw values higher than expectations, with comment around the rails mentioning figures like “$30 to $50 better than we thought”.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Charities donating bales of hay and fodder to drought-affected farmers in New South Wales and Queensland are sourcing the majority of their stock from southern Australia.”
GOULBURN POST – by Louise Thrower – “Some farmers say it’s a normal winter around Goulburn but Dave Banham isn’t so sure.
“Personally, it’s as dry a start to winter as I’ve ever seen,” the NSW Farmers Association’s southern regional services manager says.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul & Kane Chatfield – “THE Button family, Manunda Poll Merino stud, Tammin, established a new record sale price for the stud recently when it sold a young Poll Merino sire privately for $30,000.
The upstanding ram, which is still carrying its lamb’s teeth, attracted plenty of attention at last Friday’s Narrogin Long Wool Day, where it was on display.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Mid micron wool prices are expected to remain near current high levels over coming months.
At the last South Island wool sale, there were some “very extreme” prices for mid micron wool, CP Wool supply relationship manager Roger Fuller said.
“We believe some of these levels have not been seen ever,” Mr Fuller said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP and lamb numbers increased last week and clearance rates improved with a successful forward lamb sale in Western Australia.”
EYRE PENINSULA TRIBUNE – by Kathrine Catanzariti – “The disappointing growing season this year did not have a big effect as the 20th annual Morley Poll Merino ram sale in Cleve, with the top selling ram going for $400 more than last year.
The stud continued its excellent clearance, again selling 59 out of the 60 rams offered.”
SBS NEWS – by Lydia Feng – “Drought-stricken farmers in New South Wales are calling on the Australian government to import grain from overseas. The herd of young cows on John Haycock’s property in Yeoval, south of Dubbo, has never seen grass before.
The almost two-year drought gripping New South Wales has left the ground bone dry.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Natalie Lyons – “Week 06 saw the solid return to wool sales after the annual three-week mid-year recess with an offering of 49,415 bales nationally.
Due to the large offering Melbourne and Sydney resumed sales Tuesday with Fremantle resuming Wednesday.
Initially Tuesday saw buyers more cautious whilst gauging the market however as the sale continued on through the week the market became dearer as buyer confidence grew.”