THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sarah Hudson – “LIKE most farmers, Julian von Bibra is no fashionista.
But the fourth generation Tasmanian sheep grazier has become the unlikely poster boy for Australian fashion house Country Road and top-end international designers.
This winter’s Country Road catalogue even features Julian and his wife, Annabel, describing them as farming “royalty”.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN- by Tari Jeffers – “For Ron Niven, counting sheep has never been a means to fall asleep.
As a sheep shearer for his “whole life”, Ron has seen the highs and lows of the sheep industry and has worked around the State in his role as a shearer.
Ron was inducted into the Shearing Hall of Fame in 2013 at the Shear Outback’s sixth Festival of the Blades for his achievements and contribution to the shearing community.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SENTIMENT remains positive in the Chinese wool industry, despite Australian prices being at high levels.
Returning from the Nanjing Wool Market Conference last week National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia executive director Chris Wilcox said he was surprised by the reaction to Merino wool prices.”
WARWICK DAILY NEWS – by Elyse Wurm – “SOUTHERN Downs wool producers are enjoying high prices for wool not seen in decades.
Elders northern wool manager and Southern Downs local Bruce McLeish said there was a strong demand for Australian wool overseas, with prices rising to a top not seen since the mid-’80s.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “ELECTRONIC wool and wool product platforms have been launched in China for domestic transactions and to import commercial parcels.”
ABC NEWS – Landline – by Tim Lee – “From the game’s beginnings in the 1850s, Australian Rules footballers ran around the sporting field dressed in woollen jumpers — until wool became too expensive in the 1980s, and cheaper acrylic jumpers took over.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s proposed new wool-selling system has hit a hurdle, with rival selling platform Australian Wool Exchange refusing to hand over vital data.
Without the wool-type and price data, development of AWI’s Wool Exchange Portal could grind to a halt.
AWEX, which manages wool sales, has raised concerns the AWI’s portal could use the data to directly compete with it.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Australian Wool Innovation has defended the covert presence of its chairman, Wal Merriman, at an anonymous focus group meeting organised to discuss the future direction of genetic programs run by the research and development company.
The breeders, two of whom were from WA, were assured by both AWI and the market research company Axiom Research that they would be able to share their thoughts on the Merinoselect technology without their identities being compromised.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “FARM business consultant Phil Holmes has written an open letter to Australian Wool Innovation’s board urging its sponsorship of a challenge to visual sheep classers to prove the worth of their skills.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE movement in the wool market can be described by the pass-in rate last week, with more than 15 per cent of bales offered not sold.
In the Merino fleeces, this climbed to more than 18 per cent.
The eastern market indicator lost 31c/kg, or about 2 per cent, to finish last week at 1525c/kg.”