THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Camille Smith – ” PETER SMALL, 76
Wool producer and chairman of Quality Softwools Australia
Peter Small has been an innovator in the wool industry for more than 50 years. He believes provenance is as important to fibre as it is to food.
The fourth-generation Western District farmer produces Merinos and Angus-Wagyu cross cattle at Gritjurk, “a little nothing out of Coleraine” west of Hamilton. As chairman of Quality Softwools Australia, which owns Merino knitwear brand Toorallie, he is championing high quality wool, traceable to a single farm.”
RURAL NEWS (NZ) – by Pam Tipa – “The opportunity for high-quality wool carpets in the world beyond New Zealand and Australia is massive, says Cavalier Corporation chief executive Paul Alston.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “The upwards market movement of the previous selling week was short-lived, with the wool industry’s benchmark Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) dropping six cents, to continue what has been a fluctuating month of ups and downs.”
FARM WEEK – by Terri Dougan – “PLANS are underway to put locally-produced wool back on the map through a series of new initiatives, including a rebranding of the Northern Ireland arm of British Wool as “Ulster Wool”.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “BIGGA superfine Merino partnership Hillcreston-Pine Hill sold their second finest 1PP bale in Sydney last week, realising 41,000c/kg greasy or $37,720 with a Schneider Group client.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Wool prices in Australia have continued to climb since last season despite supply for the current season increasing by around 3-5 per cent relative to last year, the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has said in its March 2018 report. There are strong indications that the current price levels can be sustained and give a positive outlook for the industry. “
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “CAMPAIGN For Wool patron Prince Charles has been commended by Australia’s Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud for his recent outspoken support for wool and sustainable fashion.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “TURKEY has come back online as a market for live sheep exports with numbers surpassing 72,000 so far this year.
Meat and Livestock Australia has published sheep export numbers to Turkey from 2017 to February 2018 – resuming a trade that has seen little or no action since 2012.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week commencing 02/04/2018
The last sale before the annual one week recess had the Eastern Market Indicator softer by 6 cents to close at 1,772 c/kg.
Passing in four percent of the 44,841 bales offered across the three selling centres, the Merino fleece offering felt the majority of the reduction.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “PRODUCE more wool was the clear message Andrew Rintoul, Dongiemon and Tilba Tilba Merino studs, Williams, returned with after a recent tour of China.”