BBC NEWS – by Howard Mustoe – “It is in the finest carpets, it is in Harris Tweed, and now you’ll even find it in top-of-the-range beds; but at £1 a kilo, UK wool hasn’t been this cheap in seven years.
Only 14 months ago, it was worth 30% more. So why is wool coming down in price and how come the cost of that soft woollen jumper isn’t coming down as well?”
STOCK & LAND – by Peter Kostos – “RECENTLY I was given some livestock papers from 1977-1978, detailing news from November through to March. It was very interesting reading, and it brought back memories of my old Newmarket saleyard days.
The time period is a time following the devastating drought that saw many producers loose many dollars, and some not recovering from that period.”
THE EXAMINER – by Lucy Stone – “Stepping into Waverley Woollen Mills is like stepping back in time.
Tucked away behind Launceston on the banks of Distillery Creek, the mill’s 143-year history has reflected much of the city’s own manufacturing legacy.
But unlike many other iconic Tasmanian businesses, the mill has held on, despite several near-closures over the past 20 years.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Strong demand from growing affluent Chinese consumers has pushed up Australian wool prices to a record high this season. Wool prices are currently at a high of more than Au$16 per kilogram. Though prices are not as high as they were about five years ago in terms of US dollar, Australian wool growers are earning more due to weaker Australian currency.
As the world’s largest producer, Australia exports wool valued at about Au$3 billion (approx. $2.28 billion). China accounts for over 70 per cent of this value.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by national rural reporter Brett Worthington – “The wool industry’s embattled marketing and research body will undergo a comprehensive audit amid accusations of poor management of public money.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Liam Croy – “As the wool price soars to levels not seen in decades, farmers across the country are getting back into sheep.
“Ducks on the pond” went the cry if a woman approached the hot and heaving confines of a shearing shed.
It is an old phrase, rarely used in 21st-century sheds — a warning to the other men to keep their language in check and mind their manners until the intruder was gone.
Shearing was back-breaking work — men’s work — so boorish behaviour went hand in hand with life on the stand.”
RURAL NEWS GROUP NZ – by Pam Tipa – “The last year has been “one of the most challenging for the New Zealand strong wool industry”, according to Wools of NZ’s latest annual report.
Nevertheless it had net revenue of $15.4 million – similar to last year – and operating profit of $142,769 ($150,583 last year) in the year to June 30, 2017.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “EXPERTS are reinforcing the need for producers to protect their livestock as wet and humid conditions increase the threat of flystrike and worms to sheep flocks across the country.
The recent deluge of rain across many parts of the southern states, followed by warm temperatures, has created the perfect conditions for flystrike.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Surface troughs and upper level disturbances produced moderate falls across eastern and northern Australia, while moderate to locally heavy falls were recorded in southeastern Australia…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A HANDS-ON experience with Australian wool-growing has inspired Japanese designer Hiromichi Ochiai to share the passion of the nation’s wool growers.”