SNEWS – by Tracy Ross – “New Zealand apparel-maker Icebreaker took a long look in the mirror to create an exhaustive Transparency Report aimed at showing its retail partners and customers what lies behind the wool.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “A MORVEN family of wool growers were buying with confidence at the recent Mt Ascot Ram Sale after one of their best lambing rates in recent years.
Peter and Marie Crook-King along with daughter, Julie Brown, their son, Bill Crook-King and his daughter, Hannah Crook-King, of Glenorie Grazing, Morven, purchased six horned rams averaging $1283 at the sale in Mitchell last week.”
MAORI TELEVISION – by Regan Paranihi – “World champion wool-handler Joel Henare successfully secured the national longwool title at the Northern Southland Community Shears on Saturday 20 January.
He has won 10 finals since claiming his second World title at the 40th anniversary World Shearing and Wool-handling Championships in Invercargill last February.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “TWO major flock dispersals ensured the quality of the yarding of around 40,000 sheep at Deniliquin last Friday was the best witnessed at the centre for a long time.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “CURRENCY fluctuations, limitations on finance and a hangover from last week’s exuberant start all contributed to a more benign wool market last week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MORE wild dog co-ordinators are being sought in central and south-west Queensland to support the roll-out of exclusion fencing in the region.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “YOUNG Codrington farmer Rem Crowe was happy with his ewe price changeover this year, selling his culls for $130 and buying in replacements for $122-$143.”
GQ MAGAZINE (UK) – by Eleanor Halls – ” … Your products are made from Merino wool. Are there misconceptions around wool being too warm?
This is an issue we often face. If you look at a Merino sheep, they live in Australia and New Zealand. In winter it’s freezing and in summer it’s boiling, but the sheep are never sweating or shivering. That’s because Merino regulates their temperature. So, we’re just using nature at its best. Climbers on Everest use Merino too. If you get the fibres wrong in those conditions and you’re sweating and then you get cold, that sweat turns to ice and you die.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “YOUNG farmers in Victoria’s Mallee, Wimmera and south west regions are being encouraged to sign up now for a two-day intensive business boot camp.”
RAG TRADER – “M.J. Bale has headed to Beverly Hills to showcase its suits as part of G’day USA.
Founder Matt Jensen said this marks a first for the 100% Australian-owned menswear brand.
“We’re proud to bring M.J. Bale to the USA for the very first time in our nine-year history.
“M.J. Bale’ suits, what we consider ‘garments of integrity for men of character’, have always been tailored with a soft and lightweight construct to suit the Australian climate and athletic man.”