FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WOOLPOLL voters have been urged to “think very carefully” by the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) local board member before adopting the advice of WAFarmers and WoolProducers Australia (WPA) on levy options.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “LOCAL shearing legend Kevin Gellatly has been honoured by shearing supplies company Heiniger by having his picture printed on the front of a wool press.
Mr Gellatly, one of only three Western Australians inducted into the Australian Shearers Hall of Fame, was a shearing supplies representative for Heiniger for 25 years, as well as shearing instructor and shearing competitions commentator.”
ENVIRONMENTAL LEADER – by Emily Holbrook – “Textile Exchange announces that the first Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) certified products are now available in stores with more products making their way to shelves very soon as the commitment to the RWS from across the textile industry continues to grow.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: CP Wool – “Premium New Zealand wool carpets and rugs will soon be available to thousands more US consumers under a new distribution partnership between Carrfields Primary Wool (CP Wool) and J Mish Mills.
Under the agreement, leading carpet business J Mish will design and manufacture carpets and rugs from yarn grown and spun in New Zealand. The products will then be distributed throughout the US via J Mish’s large network of dealer and designer relationships.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “The Australian wool market has continued on its downward trend, with the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) losing 21 cents a kilogram last week.
It closed week 14 on 1992c/kg, and this was on an increased offering of 39,261 bales, up 6276 on last week.
This is the third week in a row the EMI has taken a hit, where in total it has lost 102c/kg.”
THE FLINDERS NEWS – by Dylan Smith – “A historic one-tonne long screw mechanical wool press, believed to be the only one of its kind in Australia, could soon find a new home as a tourist attraction at Orroroo.
The piece of equipment, an enormous innovation in the 19th and 20th centuries, was located at what was once Black Rock Station and has been carefully restored by Dean Keatley and his brother, Brian, both of Jamestown.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – Countryman – “Female shearers across the ditch are celebrating the anticipated release of a film shining a spotlight on their industry and gender.
The trailer for a new film featuring five female shearers from New Zealand was released online last week, ahead of its world premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival on October 11.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Zach Relph – Countryman – “The Australian wool market’s record price, trading at more than $20/kg since August, has failed to break into the nation’s top-three highest values when compared to inflation, an analyst has found.
According to Ag Answers’ Rural Bank figures, the current market ranks fourth in Australia’s wool-pricing history based on the 2017-18 dollar, with the country’s peak wool price coming in 1950-51.”
RURAL LIFE – by Sally Brooker – “New Zealand won the transtasman blade shearing test and the New Zealand woolhandling champion won his third consecutive title at the Waimate Shears on Saturday.
The 51st annual two-day shears at the Waimate showgrounds attracted strong entries across its categories, which began with woolhandling at noon on Friday.That culminated on Saturday afternoon with the open section win to Joel Henare, who splits his time between Gisborne and Motueka.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “THE wool market in Australia continued to ease last week, although a falling local currency shielded Australia’s growers from the worst of it.
With the ‘off season’ among processors and a fair degree of price resistance many in the industry have been calling for some sort of correction, and perhaps it has now occurred to a sufficient degree so that many are hopping back over the fence to say that prices will start to increase again shortly.”