THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “VICTORIAN farmers have called on the sheep industry to invest more money in finding alternatives to mulesing.
Victorian Farmers Federation livestock president Leonard Vallance has called for an “unprecedented investment” from Australian Wool Innovation and Meat and Livestock Australia on sheep breech strike, which he said presented “the single biggest threat to the Australian sheep industry”.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – This article is advertiser content by Elanco – “Managing sheep lice is a complex and costly operation for sheep and wool producers across Australia; costing the sheep industry approximately $71 million each year in treatment and lost wool production.
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THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s new digital selling system is set to go live from July next year, despite concerns from wool brokers and buyers.
AWI unveiled an information website on its Wool Exchange Portal — renamed WoolQ — at its annual general meeting in Sydney on Friday, as the wool market lifted to a new record.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Following its high successful Firstcross ewe sale Corowa agents will conduct on Thursday its final store sale for 2017 with 7000 Merino and Crossbred ewes and 1500 mixed sex lambs listed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “… “HAVE no fear, just shear.”
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That is the motto of third-generation Baddaginnie shearer Leearna Cook, one of the growing number of female shearers in sheds across the country, whose spirit has seen her overcome a heart condition and advice to stop shearing to follow her passion.
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “INTERNATIONAL consumers of designer Australian woollen garments are demanding more information about where their products come from.
Scottish wool mill Johnstons of Elgin uses fine Australian Merino wool to make clothes and accessories, and in recent years has been pushed to include more information about the history of the fibre to satisfy customers.”
BLAYNEY CHRONICLE – by Bradley Jurd – “Friday last week was a different day for The Lagoon farmer Dan Owens, as he was busy loading lambs to be restocked onto another property.
However, every day is a different day for Mr Owens and he said it’s a very optimistic time to be a farmer.
“Our product is in demand – wool, beef and lamb. The future of farming is very optimistic at the moment. ,” he explained.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Australian Wool Innovation is attempting a backflip on its communications with rural media, employing an external expert to improve its public relations.
In a far cry from last year’s announcement the industry group was sidestepping agricultural media, AWI board and senior executives are undergoing training in dealing with stakeholders.”
STOCK & LAND – “The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria’s (RASV) McLennan-McColl Flock of the Year competition has opened for commercial Merino producers in the Bendigo, Ballarat and Serpentine regions.”
COUNTRY NEWS – by Alana Christensen – “Strong export demand is continuing to fuel rising wool prices, delivering record highs last week and leaving producers with plenty to smile about.
The industry’s price benchmark, the Eastern Market Indicator, jumped 58¢ on the previous week to register a record high price of 1681¢/kg.
Although Merino wool has largely been favoured by buyers and exporters, gaining 65¢/kg in the week, an Australian Wool Innovation Limited report showed sharp uptake in prices paid for crossbred wool.”