FINANCIAL REVIEW – by Georgina Safe – “From finding a way to locate people trapped in avalanches to upcycling Indian saris into quilts, the inspirations for the winners of this year’s International Woolmark Prize were as diverse as the fashion collections they produced.”
NZ FARMER – Rural Reporters – “Crossbred prices were mostly softer with the exception of lambs’ fleece in the first auction of the year at the Christchurch wool sale last week.
The market for crossbred second shear wool and oddments also eased slightly compared with the last sale on December 20.
However, the short supply of lambs’ wool continues to drive prices up as buyers seek to fill orders especially for fleece finer than 30 microns. Chinese wool types including hogget wools received solid bidding from the bench.”
NZ FARMER – by Brittany Pickett – “Farmers looking to produce top quality lambs will be heading to the South Island Premier Ram Auction to bid on some of the best maternal, terminal and flock sires.
The auctionat the Gore A&P Showgrounds will have more than 200 rams on offer from some of the best South Island breeders, starting on Tuesday. Before the sale the Perendale Sheep Society of New Zealand will hold its auction, with inspection from 8.30am and bidding beginning at 11am.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “IT seems that 2018 has begun exactly where we left off at the close of proceedings in 2017, with the wool market in Australia bounding out of the blocks last week to add a further 58c to the already record level of AWEX’s eastern market indicator.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “STRONG demand for Australian wool was reflected by consistent online demand as prices reached record levels in the first physical auctions for 2018.”
KNITTING INDUSTRY – “British brand Smalls, with its line of pure, fully traceable Merino essentials for children, is unveiling new additions to its range for Autumn/ Winter 2018/19. The lighter weight microspun 100% Merino wool (17 microns) is processed and spun in Italy and is said to have proven benefits for eczema-prone skin in children.”
THE AGE – by Andrew Brown – “After a stellar year for wool prices in 2017, growers in the Canberra region are hoping the record highs in the market will continue into the new year.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOLGROWERS’ move to capitalise on the lucrative wool prices has resulted in a five per cent spike in wool tested in the past six months.
Industry commentators have tipped this increase to growers choosing to shear flocks and sell wool earlier, in response to the high wool prices, rather than a lift in the nation’s wool production.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 12 January 2018 (Week 28)
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST – by Ginn Fung – “British designer Matthew Miller and India’s Ruchika Sachdeva of BODICE win menswear and womenswear streams of prestigious Woolmark prize…”