OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Yvonne O’Hara – “People will be breathing easier in air-polluted cities, thanks in part to a Wanaka sheep breeder, writes Yvonne O’Hara.
Founder of the Wanaka-based Headwaters breeding group, Andy Ramsden has spent the past eight years developing the Astino, a sheep with wool that is now being grown for use as part of a filter system in anti-pollution Karen Walker-designed face masks.
They were recently launched in China and other Asian markets.
“Initially, I wanted to create a new breed for the dry hill country,” Mr Ramsden said.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Traditional marketing of Merino wool is under review as the US online giant Amazon’s entrance into the Australian retail market challenges the reliance on bricks-and-mortar retailers.
The Amazon Australia website has been a bookstore for the $500 billion US parent company for many years, but this is about to change with recent multi-million dollar investment in industrial land in Sydney and Melbourne expected to be distribution centres.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “There is movement at the wool export station with staff changes at some of the countries largest export companies triggering a domino effect of job shuffling.
Regarded as one of the largest shifts in employment since the late 1990s – when companies were closing down due to costly capital investments and low returns – a sudden boom in wool exports has highlighted a staffing shortage within the industry.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “TEAM work and dedication has won the prestigious Vitale Barberis Canonico Wool Excellence Award for New South Wales Saxon growers, the Wood family of Uralla.”
THE RURAL – “THE yarding numbers were down to just 25,000 at the Wagga sheep and lamb sale on Thursday.
The lower yarding was attributed to the big rainfalls that were forecast for the region.
According to Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service trade lambs were in short supply, while heavy lambs were in greater numbers this sale. “
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Kojonup Merino ewes reached a top of $186 a head as Elders conducted a strong commercial sheep sale with demand soaring for high rainfall-bred breeding stock.
The highly successful Elders Kojonup Special Ewe Sale was held last week on a day known in the US as Black Friday, the busiest shopping day of the year.
With Australian Merino producers dependent on northern hemisphere consumers’ up- take of woollen garments, there were high hopes for positive results at both ends of the globe.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “The summer rainfall outlook issued by the Bureau of Meteorology this morning shows no strong swing towards a wetter or drier conditions for most of Australia.”
THE REP – “Port Elizabeth – The wool market traded lower yesterday and the Cape Wools Merino Indicator decreased by 3% and by 579 points to close at a value of R186,56 (Clean). The Australian EMI lost 0,8% this week. The Cape Wools All Wool Indicator declined by 3,1%.”
HAMILTON NEWS (NZ) – “Grower shareholders from around the country attended the Wools of New Zealand Annual General Meeting in Christchurch last week.
Chairman Mark Shadbolt and CEO Rosstan Mazey presented information about the company’s financial performance over the past 12 months, the challenges confronting the business and the company’s drive towards revolutionising the industry through a focus on R&D, the development of innovative technologies and product authenticity initiatives that will deliver significant commercial opportunities for shareholders, together with strategic priorities for the year ahead.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is forging ahead with the launch of a digital wool selling system, despite rival service providers threatening legal action over ongoing data ownership concerns.”