FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “SHEEP producers are being targeted by opportunistic thieves as wool and sheep meat prices hit historic highs in WA.
About five farmers in the Pingelly area have had sheep stolen or reported missing in recent years, with CBH Group director John Hassell being the latest of them.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “Imitation might be the sincerest form of flattery, but Allbirds wool shoes founder Tim Brown has had enough of the recognition from some rivals.
Late last year Allbirds filed a trade dress infringement lawsuit in the Northern District of California against shoe giant Steve Madden for allegedly copying its signature wool lace-up sneakers.”
NZ FARMER – by Brittany Pickett – “Crossbred wool needs to be treated less like a commodity and its model overhauled to become more “user-centric” by the time it enters the marketplace.
New Zealand Merino senior procurement manager Craig Adams presented these thoughts about where the crossbred, or strong wool, market needed to go at the Farming’s Social License: A Genetic Solution field day at Duncraigen Farm, near Wyndham.”
IANSLIVE – bollywood country report – Mumbai – “In an effort to promote sustainable fashion in India, the Woolmark Company and couturier Manish Malhotra unveiled a capsule collection using natural fibre Merino Wool titled ‘Inaya’ at Lakme Fashion Week (LFW) Summer/Resort 2018.”
FIBRE2FASHION.COM – “The market downturn of the past two weeks seems to have halted across most types on offer this week at Australian wool auctions. The Australian Wool Exchange- Eastern Market Indicator (AWEX EMI) registered a 6ac clean/kg reduction for the week ending February 2, to close at 1738 ac clean/kg. In USD the EMI remained fully firm at 1398usc clean kg.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices generally consolidated in Australian auctions this week, but buyers were selective and particularly about tensile strength and staple length variation.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “COMPLAINTS alleging misuse of wool classer stencils are being investigated by the Australian Wool Exchange.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “STUDS registered with MERINOSELECT are now supplying about half the nation’s Merino rams, according to a new report by Sheep CRC chief executive officer James Rowe.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “HE is based in south-west Victoria, hours from his closest international airport in Melbourne, but New Zealand shearer Ethan Pankhurst is not afraid to clock kilometres to improve his competition shearing standing.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 2 February 2018 (Week 31)