QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “FOLLOWING an exodus of Australia’s wool export giants in recent years, the strength of those still standing is powerful.
Poor margins and low demand was the catalyst for international wool export companies to close their Australian trading arm in the past decade.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A dry winter and a rain-disrupted start to spring shearing in WA this season was relected in Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) data released two weeks ago.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “Australian farm production value is tipped to plummet 9% for 2017 – 18, after last year’s record-breaker. The gross value of farm production is forecast to fall to $58 billion thanks to a drop in crop production, according to the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences’ September agricultural commodities report.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL Exchange Portal working group chairman Will Wilson and New South Wales wool broker and grower Don Macdonald have successfully nominated for the 2017 Australian Wool Innovation board election.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL Industry stakeholders have urged settlement of the rift between the Australian Wool Exchange and Australian Wool Innovation over data and ownership of the proposed Wool Exchange Portal.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish – “THE Australian wool market, and therefore Merino prices around the globe took a step back during the past week as higher currency exchange rates and uncertainty from customers came to the fore. On average Merino types eased by 40 or 50c/kg, with the low performing high mid-break lots being more severely discounted, but even the better style lots showed an easier tendency temporarily.”
MALAY MAIL ONLINE – London – Menswear brand Scabal has joined forces with high-fashion textile group The Woolmark Company on a short film celebrating the art of craft.
Titled Handling Perfection, the film lauds the process of creating something by hand, be it a steel bike, a Michelin-starred dish, or a suit made from the finest Australian Merino wool. “It’s that same dedication,” says the clip’s narrator.”
ABC NEWS – by Charlie McKillop, Courtney Fowler – “Executive members of the Australian Wool Innovation research and development body will be called before a Senate Estimates hearing to explain the ”bizarre” behaviour of its chairman in the so-called mirror-gate controversy.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “MERINOSELECT ram breeders have questioned Australian Wool Innovation chief executive officer Stuart McCullough’s account of a research focus group observed by AWI chairman Wal Merriman behind a one-way mirror.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kate Dowler – “GEELONG has become the temporary home of some of the world’s top wool fashions.
The city will host an exhibition of top woollen designs, The Art of Wool, at the National Wool Museum until November 18. The Woolmark Company’s exhibition aims to fuse fashion with wool to celebrate the fibre and the farms where it’s grown.”