QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “A collaborative effort between all sectors involved in the shearing industry is what’s needed to address ongoing instances of cruelty in the sheds, according to a woolclasser who is on a mission to broaden the understanding of what she describes as the “beautiful raw glory” of wool.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI) has announced its annual Call for Proposals for on-farm and off-farm research and development (R&D) projects.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “Bill Chandler’s faith in the wool industry in western Queensland is finally being repaid after years of financial outlays protecting his flock and keeping it alive, and he’s pretty happy about it.
When Bungy Ross’s shearing team pulled into gear at Hillalong, east of Barcaldine, on Monday morning, Bill, his daughter Annabell and their right-hand man, Liam Balderson, were busy yarding up some of the 4000 ewes that have remained their nucleus through a number of tough years.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – ” “Rattle your dags” – that might be the call to Kiwi merino farmers following the news that the dags of the fine wool sheep are generating three times the price of quality strong wool fleece.
Higher quality regular fibre is selling up to a 700 per cent premium over coarse wool. The contrast could not be greater with the prices of coarse wool fleeces tumbling over the past 12 months, and a lot of wool not being sold has been put into storage until the industry picks up again. “
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release Shearing Sports New Zealand – “Two shearing record bid in January
The first modern-era women’s ewe shearing record bid and an attempt on a record set by New Zealand champion Rowland Smith in England in July have been confirmed for early next month…”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “‘TIS the silly season according to some and one can only hope that the activity in the wool auctions for the week does not prove to be such a folly.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Only a year into breeding his own Merino flock, Jack Briscoe has been able to fast track genetic progress by using the Sheep CRC’s DNA Flock Profile Test.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Tim Borthwick – “There’s a groundswell of optimism and increased confidence in Queensland’s wool industry, according to Toowoomba based Elders Sheep & Wool Specialist Peter Sealy, and strong wool prices appear likely to remain, at least in the short term.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “More than $3.1 billion worth of Australian wool has been sold at auction this year, closing on a record breaking run of high prices.
It marks the highest value of wool sold in a calendar year in Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) 23-years managing wool auctions.”
NBR – by Tina Morrison – “The Merino Company turned to a loss last financial year after undergoing a major restructuring that saw it exit textile manufacturing in New Zealand to focus on growing its innovative wool spinning and colour technology businesses.”