THE NARACOORTE HERALD – by Isabella Hood – “After an outstanding 40 years in business, award-winning Naracoorte company MiniJumbuk celebrated its long-running success with the launch of a commemorative book on Saturday night.
A gathering of 130 people, many of whom have had a long association with the company, congregated in the town hall for the official book launch to mark the momentous occasion.”
BUSINESS SCOOP – Press Release – New Zealand Wool Services – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limiteds C.E.O, Mr John Dawson reports that a wider range of better styled wools and a renewed interest from some sectors this week saw the market well supported.South Island Wool Prices Strenghten.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “From the steady hands that clip the fleece to the sliver of light that filters into old wool sheds, a new exhibition in Albany pays tribute to the shearing industry.
A total of 60 black-and-white images comprise just part of The Story of Wool Exhibition, on display at Vancouver Art Centre for the next four weeks.
After photographing the Great Southern’s wool sheds, Ace Camera Club president Bob Symons said the group was proud to display their work.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S shearing industry does not know the extent of drug and alcohol use in wool sheds. But there have been enough anecdotal reports for Shearing Contractors Association of Australia secretary Jason Letchford and other industry leaders to appreciate there is a problem.”
JUST STYLE – by Michelle Russell – ” Italian fashion retailer Max Mara has teamed up with the Woolmark Company to develop a wool denim line for its autumn collection using yars coloured with ecological dyes.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Jess Davis – “A Japanese wool broker says that while Australian wool prices have doubled in Japan over the past year, it has not deterred the Japanese from buying.
Despite the high prices, Mike Kuritani from Itochu, one of Japan’s largest trading companies, said demand will remain due to an appetite for high quality fine micron wool from Australia.”
FARMERS WEEKLY – by Mike Burgess – “The Fairworld Merino Stud in the Eastern Cape has been at the forefront of genetic fine wool production in South Africa for over a century. It holds the current South African record price of R250 000 for a Merino ram. Mike Burgess assesses the legacy, achievements and future of this 1 000-ewe stud.”
BUNBURY MAIL – by Mal Gill – “LOCAL lads Phillip McDonald and Jack Oorschot, both 17, got an insight last week into what happens to their college’s wool clips after it goes out the gate.
Year 12 students at WA College of Agriculture Cunderdin, they were part of a student group which on Wednesday (May 10) toured the Westcoast Wools Pty Ltd wool stores, the Australian Wool Testing Authority (AWTA) and the Western Wool Centre (WWC), all in Bibra Lake, Perth.”
GRAIN CENTRAL – “Investment intentions among Australian farmers are at record levels, according to results released this week by the Commonwealth Bank from its biannual Agri Insights survey.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Travis King – “THE history of wool in the Great Southern is being celebrated in a multi-form exhibition being staged at the Vancouver Arts Centre in Albany.
The relationship between Albany and wool dates back to when the Amity sailed into King George Sound in 1826 with a single ram and a number of ewes included in its cargo. By the 1830s there were larger numbers of sheep being imported to Australia through Albany, with many making their way to the Kojonup district.”