THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Kaitlyn Offer – “Chinese wool merchants who thought they were buying tens of thousands of dollars worth of fine Merino wool have been sent low-grade scraps in a scam out of Melbourne’s docks.
Victoria Police believe the switch occurred between May and June, but were only alerted three weeks ago when local stakeholders got complaints from a Chinese mill.
“What was purchased was fine Merino wool and that’s probably worth between $10 to $12 a kilo and what turned up in China at the wool mills was probably worth 20c to 50c a kilo,” Detective Inspector Jamie Templeton said.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Dual-purpose Dohne sheep wool filled the bales for the Hagboom family, of South Dowerin, and the market was kind last week at the Western Wool Centre.
Enjoying the school holidays, Gavin and Amanda Hagboom, their sons Ashton, Fraser and Riley and Gavin’s father Colin, all witnessed a partial sale (57 bales) of their R-2H/Ridley clip sell through Landmark to a top of 1164c/kg greasy for a line of 18.5 micron wool with a yield of 60 per cent.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Rueben Hale – “The return of the children to the farm has meant a move to greener pastures for the Hassell family of Pingelly.
It has been six months since John and Michelle Hassell moved from their previous property close to town to a more extensive property 15km further out.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “KOOLE VALE
*32 of 36 Poll Merino and Merino rams sold to $1900, av $1006
*Total clearance of 15 White Suffolk rams to $1100, av $700
Success in the show ring has translated to the sale floor for Koole Vale Merinos and Poll Merinos, Costerfield, according to stud principal Alan Harris.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – “The World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships won big last night at the New Zealand Event Association’s Annual Awards in Auckland.
The event was named Best International Event while ILT Stadium Southland took out the Best Industry Supplier category as venue for the 2017 Championships held in Invercargill in February this year.”
MANX RADIO – ” 170 delegates gather in Douglas
A conference established to encourage the breeding and protection of Viking breeds of sheep starts today (12 Oct) at the Manx Museum.
It’s the first day of the North Atlantic Native Sheep and Wool Conference, attracting attention and visitors from across the globe.”
FAST COMPANY – by Elizabeth Segran – “Fashion is one of world’s most polluting industries. As Theory turns 20, founder Andrew Rosen has a bold plan to develop workwear that is more Earth-friendly.”
THE RURAL – “THE extensive ewe base at Greendale Merinos is used alongside a comprehensive testing program to select the highest performing sires and ewes which are retained for the Greendale nucleus ram breeding flock.
This testing measures all traits that affect profitability – fleece weight, micron, fertility and body weight.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AUSTRALIA’S $4 billion wool export industry could face a crackdown on cash transactions in response to a wool substitution scandal being investigated in Melbourne.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – “Having been a St John Ambulance driver and witnessing them save the life of one of her sons in a horrific Brookton train accident in May, Beryl Copping and husband Alf did not hesitate to donate some of their wool proceeds to the community services last week.
Thomas Copping, 32, lost his left arm and foot under the train when it started to move as he and his brother, David, 34, crossed through it to get from one side of the township to the other.”