FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “SPECIALTY superfine wools featured predominantly in record prices achieved at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) last month.
On six of the 10 trading days wools as fine as 14.2 micron and up to 17.2 micron sold for 1800 cents a kilogram greasy or more.
At that price a 180kg bale of greasy wool is worth at least $3330.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “THE WA sheep industry hasn’t failed – it’s refocused.
That is the view of Livestock Dynamics director Kimbal Curtis who was in Perth recently for the annual LIVEXchange conference at Crown Towers, and was talking about WA flock numbers dropping from 40 million head to 14m head since the 1980s.”
NZ FARMER – Rural Reporters – “Crossbred wool prices mostly eased with a major exception at the Christchurch wool sale last week.
The exception was a limited offering of lamb’s wool finer than 30 microns, attracting active bidding and dearer by up to 8 per cent dearer from the last sale on November 30.
The Christchurch auction coincided with the Napier sale on the same day and a total of 17,000 bales placed large volumes on the market. The offerings included older season’s wool.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE sheep and lamb offerings remained strong last week, with AuctionsPlus cataloguing 119,785 head, 1708 more than the previous week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN ultrafine Merino wool producer Pyrenees Park has won Italian processor Loro Piana’s Record Bale award for the fourth consecutive year with a 10.4 micron entry.”
NZ HERALD – by Sally Rae – ” Think of the Armidale farming operation in the Maniototo and the word “quality” springs to mind.
It is a family operation in every sense of the word and the Paterson family is justifiably proud of what they have achieved. Young Hugo (5) and Bede (3) Paterson — already keen farmers — are the sixth generation on the Gimmerburn property.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “THERE was no doubt in anyone’s mind this week about the direction of the wool market. While it is relatively restrained and not performing like the Bitcoin market the wool market shrugged off the previous week’s indecision and every micron category moved up.”
TOWN & COUNTRY – “Week 23 was the penultimate sale of the year.
This leaves only two buying weeks before the three-week Christmas recess.
With the opportunity to fill orders diminishing quickly buyer interest became intensified.
All types and descriptions across the entire merino spectrum enjoyed increases in price.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul – “THE Primaries livestock and wool team was recognised on a national stage last week, winning the Ruralco Business Unit of the Year for livestock/wool.
The award was presented at the recent Ruralco annual leadership conference which culminated in a gala awards dinner recognising the performance of the various Ruralco business units across its Australian network. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “In 1989, the Australian wool market collapsed and burdened Australian woolgrowers with the ownership of a 4.7 million bale stockpile and a debt of $2.8 billion.
A decade after the reserve price scheme was abolished, Australian Wool Innovation was established in 2001 as the industry research and development body.”