FIBRE2FASHION – “Strong demand from growing affluent Chinese consumers has pushed up Australian wool prices to a record high this season. Wool prices are currently at a high of more than Au$16 per kilogram. Though prices are not as high as they were about five years ago in terms of US dollar, Australian wool growers are earning more due to weaker Australian currency.
As the world’s largest producer, Australia exports wool valued at about Au$3 billion (approx. $2.28 billion). China accounts for over 70 per cent of this value.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by national rural reporter Brett Worthington – “The wool industry’s embattled marketing and research body will undergo a comprehensive audit amid accusations of poor management of public money.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Liam Croy – “As the wool price soars to levels not seen in decades, farmers across the country are getting back into sheep.
“Ducks on the pond” went the cry if a woman approached the hot and heaving confines of a shearing shed.
It is an old phrase, rarely used in 21st-century sheds — a warning to the other men to keep their language in check and mind their manners until the intruder was gone.
Shearing was back-breaking work — men’s work — so boorish behaviour went hand in hand with life on the stand.”
RURAL NEWS GROUP NZ – by Pam Tipa – “The last year has been “one of the most challenging for the New Zealand strong wool industry”, according to Wools of NZ’s latest annual report.
Nevertheless it had net revenue of $15.4 million – similar to last year – and operating profit of $142,769 ($150,583 last year) in the year to June 30, 2017.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “EXPERTS are reinforcing the need for producers to protect their livestock as wet and humid conditions increase the threat of flystrike and worms to sheep flocks across the country.
The recent deluge of rain across many parts of the southern states, followed by warm temperatures, has created the perfect conditions for flystrike.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Surface troughs and upper level disturbances produced moderate falls across eastern and northern Australia, while moderate to locally heavy falls were recorded in southeastern Australia…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A HANDS-ON experience with Australian wool-growing has inspired Japanese designer Hiromichi Ochiai to share the passion of the nation’s wool growers.”
PORT LINCOLN TIMES – “Tumby Bay farmer Sydney Lawrie has been appointed by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) to chair the 2018 WoolPoll Panel.
Together with his wife Therese, Mr Lawrie owns and manages a sheep and cropping enterprise including about 4000 sheep and 7000 acres of wheat, canola, barley, peas and oats.
Mr Lawrie was a member of the 2015 WoolPoll Panel, bringing many new ideas to the panel, especially relating to increasing voter turnout.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “A DISPLAY has been opened up at the Melbourne Wool Selling Centre to celebrate the history of wool broking in Australia. The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia (NCWSBA) organised the inaugural display, in the lead up to its 100-year anniversary in 2019.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “KURRA-WIRRA
*47 of 48 rams sold to a top of $2200, av $1409
KURRA-WIRRA Merino stud has recorded a near total clearance of Merino and Poll Merino rams at its recent on-property ram sale at Culla.”