THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “THE falling Australian dollar meant good things for wool growers last week as the eastern market indicator broke another weekly record.
The dollar dropped to US77.95c, the lowest figure for the year so far, and prompted the EMI to climb to 1820c/kg.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “ARE you ewe ready for this?
A former NRL back rower turned Ergon Energy worker has saved a crippled pregnant ewe using a pair of old shears and a Stanley knife while on a job at a property near Surat a few weeks ago. “
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “AGAIN a softer Australian dollar assisted the bank balances of Australian growers this week as the market eased slightly in US dollar/China RMB terms but rose in local currency and also Euro terms. “
RURAL LIFE (NZ) – “A large yarding of mainly crossbred type wool at last week’s Christchurch wool sale had the market continue on firm ground compared with the previous sale.
Most types recorded steady rises, 35 micron and stronger most affected. Lamb’s wool also continued to receive active demand from buyers seeking to fill orders.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “FORMER world champion shearer Rowland Smith rounded-off his preparation for his defence of the Golden Shears open title by completing a second consecutive clean sweep of the pre-shears weekend treble at the Pahiatua Shears on Sunday.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week commencing 26/2/2018
Rising 8 cents at the conclusion of last week’s sale, the Eastern Market Indicator settled at 1,820c/kg.
Despite the somewhat minor rise in the indicator, with the help of the AUD/USD exchange trending in exporters favour, majority of indicators found support with some sizable rallies seen.”
NIKKEI ASIAN REVIEW – by Kaori Takahashi, Nikkei staff writer – “SYDNEY — Australia’s wool producers are cashing in on surging prices, thanks to strong demand in China and an expanding market buoyed by innovative new products.”
THE DAILY TELEGRAPH – by James Wagstaff – “TWO brothers and a husband and wife who are shepherding in new ideas for breeding and managing the sheep and cattle industries have been recognised in awards honouring Australia’s best farmers.”
NZ FARMER – by Miles Anderson – “OPINION: Federated Farmers’ Meat and Fibre Council has changed its name to Meat and Wool, reflecting its commitment to play a key role in a ramped-up sector wide collaboration on strong and crossbred wool initiatives. The name change was approved by a unanimous vote of delegates from our 24 provinces, who have met in Wellington.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will come before Senate Estimates in Canberra next week, amid concerns its responses to previous questions on governance, finances and election processes need clarification.”