THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – Countryman – “Record prices have set a joyous tone for the second annual Wool Week Australia, which kicks off tomorrow. .
The industry will be celebrated until June 3, with national events involving farmers, retailers, fashion brands and the general public.
Wool Week Australia arose from Prince Charles’ Global Campaign for Wool, in partnership with The Woolmark Company and Westfield.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – Countryman – “After running the numbers, the Wyatt family’s decision to increase sheep numbers in favour of upping their cropping program was relatively simple.
Evan and Jeni Wyatt, together with their son, Patrik Wyatt, farm across 3700-hectares at ‘Eastland’, near Pingaring.
The family runs 1500 Merino breeders and 1500 white tag weaners, as well as cropping 3000ha to wheat, canola, barley, oats and lupins.”
THE RURAL – “IT’s dry. There’s no secret. The break didn’t come and now it’s a case of managing the rural business to meet the conditions we have been given.
There is talk about hay being carted huge distances – from one end of the country to the other in fact – just to provide sustenance for livestock.
Bureaucratic bodies like Local Land Services (LLS) are using the language ‘drought’ and there is talk about the hay market, which had plateaued earlier on, and is now starting to rise.”
HIGH PLAINS / MIDWEST AG JOURNAL – “Representatives of the American Sheep Industry Association were on hand to tout the benefits of American wool and help guide international discussions on wool during the annual meeting of the International Wool Trade Organization recently in Hong Kong.”
STUFF – BUSINESS DAY – by Heather Chalmers – “A new online trading platform for wool attracted strong bidding at its first trading event with 96 per cent of the wool on offer sold.
The Natural Fibre Exchange (NFX), launched on Tuesday, is an independent online trading platform for natural fibres, with an initial focus on New Zealand wool.
NFX shareholders, Wools of New Zealand (WNZ) and meat company Alliance Group, are working with CRA International, a global leader in online trading platforms which designed the NFX platform and manages the trading events.”
THE RURAL – “CALCIUM and magnesium play a key role in the survival and health of young lambs according to new research.
Members of the team at Charles Sturt University in Wagga have conducted scientific experiments as part of a study to investigate supplement outcomes. “
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “THIS week’s annual general meeting of the Bathurst branch of NSW Farmers was well attended and guest speaker Clare Hamilton from Local Land Services spoke about pest animal control programs and options across our Tablelands.
David McKay was re-elected chairman with Ian Hendry and Michael Inwood as his deputy chairs.
Nino di Falco was re-elected as secretary/treasurer.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “A senior police officer has flagged a need for closer co-operation with Agriculture Victoria over farm crime, particularly livestock theft and traceability.
Agriculture Victoria said there had been four successful prosecutions for offences under the Livestock Disease Control Act, which sets out National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) requirements, since 2011.”
THE EXAMINER – by Johanna Baker-Dowdell – “Building a fashion collection is much like constructing a home – and creative director Christopher Horne is in the middle of both in the lead up to this year’s parade.
Mr Horne is overseeing the AWI [Australian Wool Innovation] Fashion Parade for the Campbell Town Show this Saturday, while concurrently managing renovations at his Trevallyn home.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – posted in Rural News by Guy Trafford – “Wool has seen a number of ‘false dawns’ over the last few decades. It is an amazing product and producers for a couple of generations now have been confounded by why such a great natural product constantly gets poor prices.”