THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “SHEEP, lamb and wool prices continue to outdo themselves this year, despite fluctuations through the usual buoyant winter months.
For the year to July, restocker lambs prices averaged 687c/kg — 144c/kg more than the same period last year, according to Meat and Livestock Australia.
Trade lambs averaged 630c/kg nationally for the year to July, an increase of 77c/kg on the same time last year, while the national mutton indicator was 125c/kg higher, averaging 452c/kg.”
PORT LINCOLN TIMES – “The Eyre Peninsula hosted the first three It’s Ewe Time Forums last week.
It was the first time since 2011 that the forums have run across Australia and the local events were well attended.
More than 110 producers and industry members attended the half-day workshops at Ceduna, Kimba and Cummins.”
COASTAL LEADER – “The next generation of livestock and grains judges got a chance to hone their skills at the inaugural South East Young Judges Workshop at the Naracoorte Showgrounds on Monday.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Jeremy Olds – “In a Sydney hotel room last night, after a long celebratory dinner and a series of repetitive interviews, the fashion designers Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubiša sat down to reflect on how an achievement that afternoon may have changed their future.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “A RARE alignment of high prices across the sheep and wool industry has put the sector in good stead. Wool has rallied to high levels and this combined well with prime lamb returns at a saleyard level plus values for replacement sheep.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Glynis Traill-Nash – “Luxury fashion has an opportunity to influence the industry’s sustainability practices and educate the consumer from the top down, according to US-based designer Gabriela Hearst. “
NZ FARMER – “The gap widened again between crossbred and fine wool prices after a strong merino performance at the Christchurch wool sale last week.
Crossbred prices continued to disappoint despite an offering of well grown pre lamb crossbred fleece and the market slipped by up to 4 per cent.”
PRESTIGE ON LINE – by Alice Franklin – “Belgian designer Raf Simons is best known for his sleek, modern designs that hold an edgy and effortless appeal. For the second consecutive season, the ex-Christian Dior creative director has joined forces with Australian wool experts at The Woolmark Company for his spring/summer 2018 collection, to produce 50 looks that pay homage to this oft-overlooked fabric.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “The 2017 Royal Queensland Show showcased 131 fleeces from Queensland and NSW that met with the appraising eye of wool judge Robert Ellis, Ruralco Wool, Melbourne.
Achieving grand champion fleece of the show was a medium wool stud ram fleece weighing 12kg from Will and Narda Roberts, Victoria Downs Merino Stud, Morven, with a score of 94 points.”
BROADSHEET Melbourne – by Amanda Valmorbida – “New Zealand label Harman Grubiša has been awarded the Woolmark Prize for womenswear, and Melbourne label Blairarchibald has taken out the menswear prize in the Australia and New Zealand region category.”