SAFETY CULTURE – OHS News – by Haydee – “With figures from Safe Work Australia showing that agriculture is still one of the most dangerous workplaces, an industry leader urged farmers to improve work safety record.
There were 44 fatalities from the agriculture sector in 2016. It also garnered the most serious claims for work-related injuries (per million hours worked).”
KTVQ – by David Jay – MTN News – “The oldest livestock organization in the state finished its 134th annual convention in Billings this weekend.
Friday night, the Montana Wool Growers Association had some fun with speed shearing in a tent outside the Red Lion Hotel & Convention Center. Several shearers competed and raised money for the Montana State University sheep shearing school and for fire victims around the state.”
XINHUANET – “SYDNEY, Dec. 4 (Xinhua) — Australia’s major wool sector looks poised to sustain a return to strong growth, fueled by record high prices and robust demand from increasingly affluent Chinese consumers, latest industry figures and analyses showed.
Scott Carmody, trade consultant for the nonprofit Australian Wool Innovation industry group, told Xinhua recently that demand is now the strongest in three to four decades, with “Chinese influence on the market exerting extreme upward pressure on wool prices in Australia”. “
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders norther wool manager – “THE wool market seemed to struggle against opposing forces last week, with some participants calling for further correction, while others were keen to secure supply and content to push prices higher.
Despite a reasonably large offering of just under 50,000 bales the looming Christmas recess and the gap in supply won the argument and prices closed higher at stumps.”
NEW ZEALAND HERALD – THE COUNTRY – ” Prices were erratic at last week’s South Island wool sale in Christchurch.
Exporters were very selective with their purchases of finer crossbred types destined for China. Coarse crossbred fleece showing discolouration struggled to find a level with limited competition, Roger Fuller, of CP Wool, said.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUCTIONSPLUS offered a record 103,587 sheep and lambs on Tuesday last week, with promising reports of rain and forecasts for strong falls on the horizon. Total online sheep listings for the week totalled 118,077 head, an increase of 37,312 from last week.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – by Contributor – “Well finished slaughter lambs were in limited supply at Tuesday’s sale in Deniliquin, with most of the yarding comprising store lambs and mutton.
The regular buying group competed in a solid market for the quality of lambs on offer.
There were 5772 sheep and lambs yarded, with most store type lambs. Only select pens had the weight and condition to suit processors.
The few pens of shorn lambs attracted the best processor demand, and were dearer.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SIRE nominations are being sought for the Merino Lifetime Productivity project’s final joining at its New England site at Armidale in New South Wales.”
FIBRE2FASHION – Courtesy: The Woolmark company – “Leading fashion designer Raf Simons with The Woolmark Company has released limited edition of 100 per cent Merino wool sweaters. The release is part of the partnership forged between the designer and Woolmark earlier this year and is also an ode to Simons’ love of the Japanese capital. Merino wool has always been an intrinsic element of Simons’ collections. “
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “PREDICTIVE sheep management application ASKBILL is being developed to potentially help producers meet lamb contract weight targets and processors to better understand on-farm production potential.”