SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release – Wools of New Zealand – “UK retail giant Marks & Spencer (M&S) has become one of the first major clothing retailers to launch a menswear range with wool certified under the global Responsible Wool Standard (RWS).
The launch reflects the increasing importance that retailers are placing on developing truly sustainable products, underpinned by ethical land management and animal welfare practices by farmers.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “The Bureau of Meterorology has revised its ENSO Outlook to “El Niño Alert” meaning the chances of an El Nino forming during Spring is now 70 per cent, or roughly three times the normal risk.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “The ‘first-look’ November 2018 to January 2019 rainfall and temperature outlook forecast issued today suggests below-average rainfall will be likely for much of eastern Australia, with warmer than average temperatures for much of the continent.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Mark Griggs – “A $2453 average was achieved through the auction clearance of 193 of 198 Poll Merino rams at the 32nd annual Mumblebone on-property sale, Wellington, on Wednesday.”
THE RURAL – Advertising Feature – “The time is right to invest in proven, highly profitable genetics with wool offering strong returns.
The outstanding commercial performance of Greendale merino genetics is highlighted in recent comparison trials across NSW.
Greendale Merinos benchmark its genetics with other Merino genetics through ASBVs, sire evaluations and wether trials.”
SKY NEWS – “The sheep’s clothing can help people have a better night’s sleep as well, Australian scientists find…”
FARM WEEKLY – by Travis King – “THE Warralea Poll Merino stud, Gairdner, ticked off another milestone at its on-property sale last week when it recorded its highest ever price at auction, selling a ram for $4100 to the Angenup stud, Kojonup.
Following the sale, the stud then achieved its highest price for a ram ever in its short history when Angenup stud negotiated privately to buy a stud reserve for $8000.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “COMPETITION was ramped up this year in the Jim Horwood sheep pavilion with five schools entered in the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) young sheep producers challenge at the 2018 IGA Perth Royal Show.
Students from WA Colleges of Agriculture, Narrogin, Cunderdin, Denmark and Harvey, as well as Esperance Farm School, were put through their paces in shearing, wool handling and Merino judging in an effort to gain most points and finish as the 2018 victors.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A COMBINATION of AFL grand final fever in Melbourne and holiday mode in China appears to have been behind a lack of interest in WA wools at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) last week.
Because of the grand final parade public holiday in Melbourne on Friday sales at the Melbourne wool centre – the main Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) live auction selling centre – were moved forward a day.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “A NUMBER of race fans posted reports of drought-breaking rains falling at Mount Panorama on the days before the Great Race.
Of course, the 20 millimetres that arrived during race week has helped ease the very serious pastoral conditions in the areas where it fell, but the Central Tablelands will need a prolonged, wet spring before producers can stop holding their collective breath.”