QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Matthew Miller and Bodice – from the British Isles and India – were today announced the winners of the menswear and womenswear 2017/2018 International Woolmark Prize, presented at a special event during Pitti Uomo at Stazione Leopolda in Florence. In addition, the USA’s DYNE was announced the winner of the inaugural Innovation Award.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “With a few taps on the keyboard and some clicks of the mouse, Australian livestock producers can contribute to research to improve animal health and biosecurity.
Researchers from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation are calling for cattle, sheep, goat and dairy producers to have their voices heard via an online survey.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aida Smith – “AUSTRALIA’s live sheep export industry continued its solid performance in 2017 with the total number exported at 1,651,314 head at the end of November.
Usually sheep export numbers average about two million head.
Fremantle remained the dominant port for the trade with 1,373,669 sheep exported to the end of November last year.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Brad Thompson – “RECORD prices, good seasons and cheap money.
In 175 years of farming in New South Wales, the McGufficke family reckons they have never had it so good.
Australian agriculture is riding high on the back of unprecedented wool prices, driven by demand from China and shifts in the global textile industry.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner and Lyndal Reading – “THE wool market is expected to open strongly this week following a record-breaking finish to last year and an expected shortage of supply.
The Eastern Market Indicator finished at 1760c/kg clean before the Christmas break.”
SBS NEWS – by Rena Sarumpaet – “Amid record international wool prices, Australia’s long-struggling wool growers are asking themselves if they should finally be feeling comfortable.
International prices for wool – for a century Australia’s most lucrative export commodity – soared to new highs in 2017, peaking at 1700 cents per kilo on the Eastern Market Indicator.”
THE SOUTHLAND TIMES – by Jenny Campbell – “The Northern Southland Community Shears provided early practice for shearers competing in last year’s World Championships in Invercargill, so organisers are predicting entries to be down at the annual event next week.
However, the usual keen competitors from the North Island and a strong showing from the south should be on hand to ensure they get in to competition mode for the new year circuit, gaining points to compete at the Golden Shears in Masterton in March.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Sally Cripps – “Seeing the world of wool production through the eyes of its growers has been one of the inspirational experiences given to the Meandarra wool-classer travelling Australia on a mission to showcase the industry to the world.”
FASHION UNITED (India) – by Prachi Singh – “Tata Cliq Luxury, Tata Group’s ecommerce platform has partnered with The Woolmark Company. The company said in a statement that this unique venture between the two companies is a step towards creating awareness about Merino wool, a luxurious and natural fibre from Australia, among the Indian consumers. Through this association, Tata Cliq Luxury will be the exclusive retail partner in India for larger designer collections that integrate Merino wool in their garments and accessories, and for the International Woolmark Prize.”
WALCHA NEWS – by Ruth Schwager – “STUD Merino producers in the New England region are getting ready for their sheep and wool showcase, with the New England Merino Field Days (NEMFD) to be held on January 12 and 13.”