SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN sheep producers take note: Victorian researchers want your green blowflies.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Glynis Traill-Nash – ” … There’s a certain logic and irony behind the 18-month-old brand by Ned Scholfield. His family farm, Glenoe (settled by the brand’s namesake Duncan McIntyre in 1846) in the Western District of Victoria, grows superfine merino wool, and after a stint as international sales manager for luggage brand Crumpler, Scholfield decided to start an Australian-made knitwear label that took the wool from farm to store. So far, so logical. All the pieces are manufactured in Australia — no mean feat, as there are only three knitwear factories left in the country, all of them in Melbourne. But when it comes to processing the raw wool, things hit a snag. The chunkier knits for men use wool grown on Glenoe, processed and knitted in Australia, but the
finer-weight knits are created using Australian wool bought from Japan.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “OPTIMISING overall profitability is the goal for Scott Nicholson.
And that goal is behind all of his farming decisions.
“We want to achieve the best possible return per hectare across all enterprises on the farm,” Scott said.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “A RISE in the wool market was expected last week, but the 80c/kg jump went above and beyond that expectation.
A falling Australian dollar and new demand from China pushed the Eastern Market Indicator equal to the record high of 1818c/kg, set in the opening week of sales this year.”
NZ FARMER – by Rob Tipa – “The Jones Family from Matarae Station have a passion for producing top quality wool and meat, regardless of whether it comes from their consistent line of superfine merinos or well-bred, strong-woolled romney flocks.
The two breeds are run almost side by side on exposed, rocky hill country between Outram and Middlemarch, flourishing in very different micro-climates on the family’s 5500 hectare property between the Rock and Pillar Range and the Strath Taieri Plain.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Some 3,300 exhibitors from around 20 countries covering all apparel fabrics and accessories product groups are expected at the Spring Edition of the industry’s most comprehensive sourcing platform for the spring/summer season, Intertextile Shanghai Apparel Fabrics, during March 14-16, 2018. A special feature of the fair will be the Premium Wool Zone.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool sales increased last week as all types were well-supported on Australia’s physical auction market.”
THE COROWA FREE PRESS – by Shepparton News – “Almost half of all Merino rams are now sold by studs that are members of MERINOSELECT and utilise the Australian Sheep Breeding Values, a report has found.
Research by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) reveals that studs in MERINOSELECT now provide about half of the Merino rams used by commercial producers and more than 80 per cent of the semen used for ram breeding.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Mal Gill – “SOCIAL equality and political correctness have caught up with Your Local Bloke from the CRT rural merchandise network.
He’s been given the flick after more years than anyone can remember as part of the CRT (Combined Rural Traders) advertising slogan.
CRT general manager, Greg O’Neil, told about 1000 CRT/Ruralco network employees and members at last week’s Perth annual conference the slogan was being officially dropped.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “WHEATBELT farmers have reported heavy sheep losses in what has been described as a “war” against wild dogs.
Koolanooka farmers Glenn and Aden Tapscott recorded sheep losses to the amount of $35,000-$40,000 last year and have already lost about $2000 worth in January this year due to wild dog attacks.”