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FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Cleeland – “In the valleys above Biella in Northern Italy’s Piedmont region there is abandoned industrial factory space begging for revival.
After the Global Financial Crisis of 2008-09 thousands of employees were laid off and prosperity took a backwards step, with wool production suffering as a result.
From the ashes of this crash has risen a wave of optimism, especially in the village of Crocemosso, where the Reda factory – employing 400 people – is recording double digit growth in both the new fabrics for ‘next-to-skin’ wool sports-leisure wear and its traditional woven suiting fabrics. Today 35,000 metres of cloth are produced each day or eight million metres every year.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Steven Bolt – “DEAR woolgrowers. In coming day’s you will be receiving your Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) voting papers.
At this important time in the industry’s future I ask for your support in the continuation of stable governance at the AWI board.
For the largest majority of growers, we need mulesing to be protected for the best welfare outcomes for our sheep, as research work continues for an effective and viable alternative….”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “POLICE are investigating four new reports of sheep being stolen from farms in north-central Victoria in the past six weeks.
It follows three reports earlier this year of sheep worth a total of about $60,000 being taken from the region between March and August.
In the latest incidents, the sheep are estimated to be worth about $35,000 in total.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SKY high livestock commodity prices means pest animals are seriously hitting producers’ hip pockets.
The cost of rabbits, wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and other vertebrate pests on the Australian agricultural industry is now as high as $797 million annually.
The beef industry alone could be losing up to $221 million across the country, while sheepmeat production losses are as high as $60.67 million, and the wool sector is up to $98 million.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “JUST on 2000 sheep passed across the boards in Bendigo at the weekend as Australia’s top shearers and wool handlers vied for national selection.”
ABC RURAL – by Bridget Fitzgerald, Brett Worthington – “A senior figure within the wool industry has backed the embattled leadership of the peak marketing and research body amid accusations of a “toxic culture” within the organisation.
Long-standing Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) director David Webster has also rejected farmer calls for an overhaul of the grower and taxpayer funded group.
His comments come during a turbulent period for AWI.”
THE RURAL – by Stephen Burns – “The close connection of his family with the land inspired Harry Cook to continue the tradition working the mixed-farming property in the eastern Riverina.
“Farming is in my blood on both sides of my family,” he said.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “Wool can now be tested to trace where it comes from, and an antipollution mask has been designed by Karen Walker – two projects paid for out of a $3 million research fund to boost the wool industry.
The projects are sorely needed to fortify the industry, with the latest quarterly forecast showing wool exports fell 28 per cent to $550 million to the year to June as a lack of demand from China weighed on prices.”
GISBORNE HERALD – “Napier’s Ricci and Angela Stevens made it a super double as they won their respective senior shearing sports events at the Wairarapa A&P Show’s Spring Shears at Clareville, near Carterton, on Saturday.”