SHEEP CENTRAL – Terry Sim – “ANIMAL rights group PETA has released new footage of alleged sheep cruelty incidents in wool sheds to initiate investigations by authorities in New South Wales and Victoria.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “URGENT pre-Christmas buying pushed Australian wool prices to an all-time peak this week, led by some fine wool prices posting gains of 100c/kg clean.”
GOULBURN POST – “Weekly Wool Market Report
Season 17 – Week 24
Source: Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX)… With the annual three-week Christmas recess about to begin, this was the final opportunity for buyers to secure significant quantities of wool.
The upcoming break, combined with intense buyer interest, created a “perfect storm” in the market place. All types and descriptions, across the entire merino spectrum, experienced sharp price increases.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – New and repeat buyers bid eagerly for Merino ewes at the Salt Creek Merino annual production held at Woorndoo, Vic on Thursday.
Sporting a dense May-shorn 18-19 micron jacket as a luring enticement breeding ewes from the Salt Creek September 2015-drop made to an impressive top of $274 a head for a selected draft of 305 while a second line from the same year made $258 a head.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Andrew Marshall ” Independent reviews showed for every dollar contributed by taxpayers and farmers to Australian Wool Innovation the average return to woolgrowers was $2.90. The Grains Research and Development Corporation returned an average $6; Meat and Livestock Australia av hit $6.20, while Cotton Research and Development Corporation was $8.29. However, veracity of benchmarking data is questionable unless methodologies used are consistent and transparent to stakeholders.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MORE than $1.5 million in Victorian Government funding has been finalised for sheep saleyards installing electronic ear tag scanning equipment and software.”
THE STAWELL TIMES – by Erin Witmitz – “HISTORICALLY high livestock and wool prices have boosted Wimmera producers and the region’s economy this year.
A Meat and Livestock Australia report shows overall lamb and mutton saleyard prices had been historically high and wool prices have had unprecedented growth over the past 12 months.”
STOCK & LAND – “Another 13 Victorian saleyards have been granted more than $1.5 million in funding to help them in the transition to mandatory electronic tagging of sheep and goats.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Britain’s Earl Charles Cadogan’s continued investment in the Merino wool industry in WA paid resulting dividends, with a partial of its annual Snaigow clip finding uncompromising value last week.
On hand to celebrate record farmgate wool prices, Cadogan Estate board president Andrew McGlew said the sale of a 127-bale consignment grown and shorn off Cadogan’s mixed farming property at Boddington surpassed all expectations.”
ABC NEWS – by Nicole Bond – “Australian wool growers have reason to celebrate this Christmas, especially producers from western Queensland.
After more than half a decade of drought, and the region losing hundreds of thousands of lambs to wild dogs in recent years, wool prices have hit record highs.
Wool grower David Counsell has a third less sheep on his station near Barcaldine in central western Queensland, but his wool cheque is likely to be the healthiest in years.”