WESTERN ADVOCATE – by Bradley Jurd – “The Central West wool industry is reaping the benefits of surging demands, as wool in Australia traded for a record high of 1681 cents per clean kilogram in on Friday.”
THE NARACOORTE HERALD – by Amy Maynard – “Some of the world’s best blade shearers made a visit to Naracoorte on Saturday, to demonstrate their skill and expertise.
Alan Oldfield (New Zealand), Danny Wilson (United Kingdom) and Richie Foster (Apsley, Victoria) showed the crowd at the Sheep’s Back Museum how to get wool off a sheep using blades rather than machine clippers.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Shepparton News – “Victoria’s food and fibre exports have topped $12.8billion, the highest total in the state’s history, a new report has revealed.
Released last month, the Food and Fibre Export Performance Report 2016-17 shows a six per cent growth in exports, adding $720million in value, as Victoria continues to lead Australia’s exports in a number of industries despite slowing growth.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WESTERN Victorian lamb producer Gordon Mitchell wasn’t the youngest buyer at Edenhope’s Ruralco annual first cross ewe sale last week, but he was quick enough to pay a record price of $302 for the best pen of 1.5 year-olds.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL growers in three states have claimed they had not received their Australian Wool Innovation election voting papers with only days before the 2017 poll closes.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A NEW online Lifetime Ewe Management hub and website, and the launch of the new android app highlight the latest opportunities for sheep producers accessing the popular course.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers will be able to order subsidised ear tags of any colour in 2018.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Damien Murphy – “Wool prices are rising faster than Sydney house prices and farmers are rushing to cash in.
Fred Whitby has watched booms and busts come and go – first as a little baby in his father’s arms in the shearing shed 94 seasons ago – but he’s never seen anything like this last week.”
FARM WEEKLY – “PETER Scanlan Wools has hosted a visit by a group of Chinese wool processor and fabric manufacturer representatives who came to WA to see where their raw fibre originates from.
Scanlan wool buyer and a regular visitor to China, Steve Noa, hosted the group for two days over the weekend and took them to visit Stan, Carole and Anne Dorman’s property, Romilly, at Westdale.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Outdoor clothing company Icebreaker has signed a 10-year supply contract with New Zealand merino growers.
The contract, worth $100 million over that period, was believed to be the first agreement of its kind, not only for New Zealand’s fibre industry, but also globally.”