THE REP – “Port Elizabeth – The wool market traded at similar levels experienced before the Christmas recess and the Cape Wools Merino Indicator remained at a value of R188,08 (Clean). The Australian EMI increased by 7,3 % this week. The Cape Wools All Wool Indicator was also unchanged.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “There are still no answers as to how to rebuild trust in Australian Wool Innovation’s board election process.
The peak wool body’s deadline to respond to Senate estimate questions, from last October, expired in December – three questions relating to evidence of professional processes remain unanswered. “
Can Young Designers’ Ethics Impact the Establishment? The International Woolmark Prize Winners Are Leading the Way
VOGUE – by Sarah Mower – “The International Woolmark Prize discovered a couple of young designers who went on to reshape the fashion world: Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, back in 1953, its inception. Sixty-five years on, the powerful Australian sheep growers organization awarded Ruchika Sachdeva from New Delhi AUS $200,000 for her women’s collection, Bodice, a bellwether for a new-generational kind of change.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Matthew Miller and Bodice – from the British Isles and India – were today announced the winners of the menswear and womenswear 2017/2018 International Woolmark Prize, presented at a special event during Pitti Uomo at Stazione Leopolda in Florence. In addition, the USA’s DYNE was announced the winner of the inaugural Innovation Award.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “With a few taps on the keyboard and some clicks of the mouse, Australian livestock producers can contribute to research to improve animal health and biosecurity.
Researchers from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation are calling for cattle, sheep, goat and dairy producers to have their voices heard via an online survey.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aida Smith – “AUSTRALIA’s live sheep export industry continued its solid performance in 2017 with the total number exported at 1,651,314 head at the end of November.
Usually sheep export numbers average about two million head.
Fremantle remained the dominant port for the trade with 1,373,669 sheep exported to the end of November last year.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Brad Thompson – “RECORD prices, good seasons and cheap money.
In 175 years of farming in New South Wales, the McGufficke family reckons they have never had it so good.
Australian agriculture is riding high on the back of unprecedented wool prices, driven by demand from China and shifts in the global textile industry.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner and Lyndal Reading – “THE wool market is expected to open strongly this week following a record-breaking finish to last year and an expected shortage of supply.
The Eastern Market Indicator finished at 1760c/kg clean before the Christmas break.”
SBS NEWS – by Rena Sarumpaet – “Amid record international wool prices, Australia’s long-struggling wool growers are asking themselves if they should finally be feeling comfortable.
International prices for wool – for a century Australia’s most lucrative export commodity – soared to new highs in 2017, peaking at 1700 cents per kilo on the Eastern Market Indicator.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Jenny Campbell – “The Northern Southland Community Shears provided early practice for shearers competing in last year’s World Championships in Invercargill, so organisers are predicting entries to be down at the annual event next week.
However, the usual keen competitors from the North Island and a strong showing from the south should be on hand to ensure they get in to competition mode for the new year circuit, gaining points to compete at the Golden Shears in Masterton in March.”