FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “CHINA’S next winter fashion fad could determine the direction the WA wool market takes in the next few months.
For the past two northern hemisphere winters, stylish women’s fashion jackets made in a variety of styles, lengths and colours from an innovative double-faced woollen fabric, has driven apparel manufacturer and wool processor demand for WA’s natural fibre.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “CURRENCY dipped nicely again just before wool auctions began in the past week allowing for a stable market in US dollar terms.
The overall increase of 27c in local currency terms, coincidentally gaining exactly what it lost the previous week. AWEX’s eastern market indicator closed on 1778c.”
RURAL LIFE – “Wool prices for all types showed positive signs, with price increases across all categories at last week’s South Island wool sale, brokers say.
With 30% of the offering lambs wool, competition was strong. There was also plenty of competition from buyers for good colour fleece, Roger Fuller, of CP Wool, said.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Wool workshops are being held across various towns in Western NSW over the coming weeks.
Hosted by Elders the workshops will cover modern wool marketing strategies, wooltrade and Auctions Plus, Elders Rehandle Process, Elders Wool services and individual animal management options.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 23 March 2018 (Week 38)
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – “Australian Wool Innovation has launched the first phase of WoolQ, formerly known as the Wool Exchange Portal, after three years of consultation and discussion.
The first phase of the $3 million app was the launch of the eSpeci tool — an alternative to paper speci, allowing woolgrowers and wool classers to capture in-shed clip data at the time of shearing.”
COSHCOTON TRIBUNE – by Emily Buxton Adams, Columnist – “According to the Ohio Department of Agriculture, Ohio ranks as No. 13 nationally in sheep production with an estimated annual economic impact of $25 million.”
THE RURAL – “AFTER experiencing falls last week the Australian Wool Exchange Eastern Market Indicator regained some ground to rise by 27c/kg to settle at 1778c. “
ABC NEWS – by Genelle Weule – “Curly, wavy or straight? The shape of our hair is one of our defining features.
Yet, despite decades of research, it has been hard to pin down what causes kinks in individual hairs.
The answer to this curly question may lie with an animal known for its super-springy locks: the merino sheep, according to a team of researchers.
They went to painstaking lengths to put wool from New Zealand’s finest sheep under the microscope to test long-held beliefs about the structure of hair.”
STOCK & LAND – “The changing face of the Merino ewe – increasing bodyweight combined with a focus on wool, carcass, welfare traits and resilience – means adult data collection is more important than ever.”