THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Record Merino sheep entries produced a memorable outcome for the Patterson family, of Woolkabin stud, Woodanilling, at the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo last week at Katanning.
The three judges were unanimous in their decision after inspecting some 250 entries to acclaim Woolkabin Elliot, a medium wool August-shorn Poll Merino ram, their choice for the supreme exhibit ribbon, which also entitled the ram to be sashed WA Ram of the Year.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Producers who had wool in the auction rooms last week were all smiles as market prices soared dramatically across the country.
The tone was set on the first day from the opening hammer in the Eastern States, with prices across the entire Merino spectrum increasing by 40 to 50 cents from the outset.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “INTERNATIONAL movements and seasonal conditions are the biggest influences to Australian beef prices, according to Mecardo managing director Robert Herrmann.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Recognising the growing demand for ethically produced superfine wool, the Australian Superfine wool Growers’ Association (ASWGA) has adopted an animal welfare policy. ASWGA encourages members to follow best practice in animal welfare with the ultimate aim of removing the need for mulesing. The Superfine Industry is the flagship of the wool industry.”
KENT ONLINE (UK) – by Chris Price – “Administrators for farming retailer Kent Wool Growers have sold the company’s wool-handling operations.
The British Wool Marketing Board has bought the business from the farmer-owned co-operative, known as KWG, which tumbled into administration after nearly a century of trading earlier this month.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN wool growers and brokers reacted strongly to the dramatic market correction this week, passing in 14 percent of the auction offering.”
EYRE PENINSULA TRIBUNE – “MORLEY Poll Merino stud set a record average of $2022 at its 19th annual on-property sale at Cleve on Friday, which was $134 up on last year.
The stud also achieved an excellent clearance, with 59 out of 60 rams sold during the auction, and the final sire bought straight after the sale.”
STOCK & LAND – by Justin Conlan – “Kedleston Park
*Total clearance of 40 Merino and Poll Merino rams to $2750 (twice), av $1642
A TOTAL clearance and improved averaged shows that Kedleston Park Merino and Poll Merino stud principals John and Rosemary Humbert are continuing to be rewarded for their dedication to breeding quality dual-purpose Merinos.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Record wool prices are a boon for Australia’s woolgrowers who, after enduring decades of turbulent times, are being rewarded for their willpower.
Driven by a contraction in supply and escalating demand from China, a bale of fine wool is now fetching about $3000.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WOOL prices soared last week, as the lastest estimates have wool production holding firm.
Merino cardings were the only category which had a price drop last week, with all micron indicators across the three selling centres rising between 28c/kg and 118c/kg.”