FIBRE2FASHION – “The Woolmark Company has announced nominees and the advisory council for the International Woolmark Prize (IWP) 2018/19. Of the participated 300 emerging designers, 42 who showed creativity, originality of design, innovation and brand recognition, have now been nominated to present their brand to a panel of experts at one of three semi-final events in July.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIAN wool prices resisted exchange rate pressure to overall hold above the industry benchmark figure of 2000c/kg clean.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A DRY season did not hamper wool clip test results for Wandering woolgrower Barry and Jane Edwards last week.
While a relatively low yield percentage was expected in the results from the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) this season, because of the amount of dust in the wool from a lack of rain and a late autumn shearing, Mr Edwards was surprised at how sound his wool tested.”
NZ FARMER – by Heather Chalmers – “New Zealand-grown merino wool is increasingly being sought by high-end Norwegian merino clothing company Devold, with farmer numbers supplying wool lifting from five to 15 in two years.
Devold garments have full traceability, with each one detailing the property the wool came from in a special sheep-to-shop programme, said Craig Smith, general manager of Devold Wool Direct, responsible for sourcing wool from New Zealand, Australia and South America. “
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – Countryman – “They are a far cry from the heavy, itchy footy jumpers of the past but in Wagin, at least, wool is back.
Home to a sky-high ram statue and WA’s biggest celebration of sheep, the State’s wool-producing heartland, 220km south-east of Perth, boasts an Australian-first football jumper made from a high-tech blend of wool and synthetic fibres.”
EYRE PENINSULA TRIBUNE – “Support from the community and local businesses is essential for Sims Farm and the students studying agriculture at Cleve Area School, and last week the students were able thank one of their local sponsors.”
PHYS.ORG – by Dr Trent Perry and Dr Clare Anstead, University of Melbourne – “Opening the mail may not seem the most thrilling of tasks for a geneticist, but for a period of five months at the start of this year, our team was excited every time an Express Post envelope arrived at our Melbourne lab.”
PERTH NOW – by Cally Dupe – “THEY are a far cry from the heavy, itchy footy jumpers of the past but in Wagin, at least, wool is back.
Home to a sky-high ram statue and WA’s biggest celebration of sheep, the State’s wool-producing heartland, 220km south-east of Perth, boasts an Australian-first football jumper made from a high-tech blend of wool and synthetic fibres.
Wagin Football Club back man Mark Allington said it was fitting the club was the first in the country to wear the new jumpers.
“A lot of us are wool producers, so it’s good to see the end product,” he said.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Peter Hemphill – “GRAZIERS might be in shear delight over the current record wool prices, but the industry is nowhere near seeing the peak it hit in the early 1950s.
In March, 1951, the term “a pound for a pound” was coined when prices shot to a level never seen before for superfine wool.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Kristen Frost – “Spurred along by insistent demand from China and constrained supply from low sheep numbers, Australia’s 25,000 woolgrowers are reaping the benefits of a resurgence in the wool price.
The question is now begging, has the market peaked?”