Rare wool success for south west farmer

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A South West farmer is celebrating the success of her growing flock of rare sheep. Four years ago Lesley Prior was given the only Bowmont sheep in the world by a leading research institution in Aberdeen. She has since turned the small flock of 30 of the rare breed into a healthy figure of 100.…


Wool, dairy prices boost NZ export returns

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Strong dairy prices and rocketing wool prices helped lift the terms of trade to a 37-year high in the June quarter. Export volumes are also at their highest levels since 1990 when the statistics series began, but import volumes have been falling. Statistics New Zealand figures show the terms of trade up 2.3 per cent…


Wool prices to follow cotton values lower

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Wool prices are "likely to fall", undermined by the weaker cotton market, but not by enough to threaten a revival in the sheep flock in Australia, the top producer and exporter of the fibre, where numbers have been in decline for 20 years. Wool values, which remain within 12% of a record high set in…


Avoid VAT charges when selling wool to Ireland

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NFU Cymru is advising sheep farmers to check for tax implications when selling wool to Irish merchants. It has emerged that livestock keepers may be liable to a VAT charge on a sale unless it can be proved that the wool has left the UK within three months of being sold. HM Revenue and Customs…


More wool producers turn to Irish buyers

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A HEAP of bagged wool in a shed near Ripon last week proved the British Wool Marketing Board’s comeback still has some way to go. The wool had been delivered to John Blakey’s haulage business depot, at Bridge Hewick, by farmers who still prefer an Irish shilling. One of Mr Blakey’s customers is his father…


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