ABC NEWS – by Genelle Weule – “Curly, wavy or straight? The shape of our hair is one of our defining features.
Yet, despite decades of research, it has been hard to pin down what causes kinks in individual hairs.
The answer to this curly question may lie with an animal known for its super-springy locks: the merino sheep, according to a team of researchers.
They went to painstaking lengths to put wool from New Zealand’s finest sheep under the microscope to test long-held beliefs about the structure of hair.”
STOCK & LAND – “The changing face of the Merino ewe – increasing bodyweight combined with a focus on wool, carcass, welfare traits and resilience – means adult data collection is more important than ever.”
GOULBURN POST – by Sam Hollier – “When you go hunting around online for the earliest information available about Bradfordville, you find newspaper articles from the second quarter of the 20th century about the wool mill.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “PROMPT delivery needs, less supply and a more favourable exchange rate helped lift Australian auction wool prices this week.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “After spending a few weeks in reverse, wool values lifted once again at Australian wool auction sales this week, due to a slight improvement in prompt demand, lighter volumes on offer and an advantageous foreign exchange (forex) rate. The Australian Wool Exchange-Eastern Market Indicator (AWEX EMI) regained all of the losses of last week.”
THE SCIENTIST – by Catherine Offord – “Hairs curl because the cells on one side of the strand are longer than the cells on the other, at least in merino sheep, according to a study published today (March 23) in the Journal of Experimental Biology. The findings don’t fit neatly into either of the two leading theories for how curliness arises—namely, that there are more cells on one side than another, or that the two main cell types making up hair differ consistently in length and are distributed unevenly.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “TWO Wickepin woolgrowers with different shearing programs came away from the Western Wool Centre (WWC) two weeks ago with similar results.
Brett Doncon, Eastville Merino and Poll Merino studs, who shears once a year, and Brent Bennier, who is in the second year of transitioning to eight-month shearing intervals, were both very happy with prices about 350 cents a kilogram clean or more above what they would have received for their wool last year.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – COUNTRYMAN – by Bob Garnant – “Australian Wool Innovation trade consultant Scott Carmody has denied the hype that higher wool prices are supply driven, saying the rising market is the result of a new surge in demand.
Speaking at the Stud Merino Breeders Association of WA’s annual meeting in Perth last week, Mr Carmody said this increase in consumption of Australian wool was derived from growing incomes in key wool consuming countries.”
NZ FARMER – Rural Reporters – “Wool buyers had a strong incentive to lift their bids at the Christchurch wool sale.
A smaller offering combined with a lower dollar was the spur for buyers becoming more active to secure wool for orders on Thursday . A good growing season in many regions has resulted in most wool types coming forward at this time of the season in good order.”
CHINCHILLA NEWS – by Alexia Austin – “MITCHELL merino stud breeder Felicity Brumpton has returned from a tour of China with a wealth of wool knowledge.
Ms Brumpton was one of 12 young wool growers selected from across Australia to attend AWI’s international tour, focused on educating the students on the journey wool takes once exported.”