AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 29 March 2018 (Week 39)
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “LAMB survival trials are being held across Victoria and South Australia, as the issue continues to be one of the largest barriers to improved productivity.
Consultant and sheep producer Jason Trompf says lamb survival increases could be worth $1 billion to the $6 billion sheep industry.”
FARM IRELAND – by Claire Fox – ”
Efforts must be made to market wool as a ‘green’ fibre as it is currently worthless to farmers, it has been urged.
The price for wool has been poor over the past 12 months with a lack of appetite in the Chinese market being blamed for the fall-off in demand.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “Wool could be part of the answer to the scourge of microplastics, the New Zealand Merino Company says.
A grouping of manufacturers spearheaded by the New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) will soon launch an international campaign highlighting the virtues of natural fibres.
A new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) shows 35 per cent of minute plastic particles in the ocean are caused by washing synthetic clothing such as polar fleeces.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “THE wool industry revival continues with producers who stayed in the game enjoying much better returns and hoping that seasonal conditions will give them support very soon.
Facebook users will find the Classings in the race and Classic Merino postings of great interest and many of the video clips show us where much of the modern wool industry is headed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “THE wool market had a strong run towards the Easter recess with nearly all microns lifting last week.
The Eastern Market Indicator lifted 27c/kg clean to 1778c/kg.
Elders Bairnsdale district wool manager Mal Nicholls said the Australian dollar fell on Wednesday, prompting a lift in the market.”
AGRILAND – by Rachel Martin – “Ulster Wool’s first representative – Brendan Kelly – hasn’t even started yet but already faces a challenging three-year term, taking over in the midst of a rebrand and a year into Brexit discussions.
At no other time has so much been at stake in trade talks – something Kelly says could be potentially devastating to the industry. “
ECOTEXTILE NEWS – by David Styles – “BRUSSELS – Ahead of its annual conference, set to be held in May, the IWTO (International Wool Textile Organisation) has released its latest Wool Review which demonstrates a predominant theme of promoting the natural fibre’s environmental credentials.”
TELEGRAPH & ARGUS – by Emma Clayton – “THE late Mark Keighley spent his working life in Bradford’s two major industries – wool textiles and engineering. After several years editing the company newspaper of Hepworth & Grandage, one of the city’s “Big Three” engineering firms, he joined the Bradford-based Wool Record in 1962.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “FEDERAL Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud’s office has failed to clarify Australian Wool Innovation’s ongoing involvement with administration of a supposed independent review of the wool levy-funded body’s performance and governance.”