COWRA GUARDIAN – by Kristen Frost – “Lach River stud, owned by the Chalker family at Darby’s Falls, has taken the top award in this year’s Sydney Royal Merino show feature breed.
At only their second Sydney Royal, the medium/strong producing wool stud proved they are here for the long run, this year taking the grand champion strong wool ram title.”
BUSINESS DAY – STUFF.CO.NZ – by Madison Reidy – “Fashion designer Karen Walker has helped design a trendy air pollution face mask for Asian consumers struggling with ‘airpocalypse’.
Auckland mask maker Healthy Breath launched its first reusable mask, named Meo, on Wednesday.
The mask consists of a washable New Zealand wool filter made by Auckland manufacturer Lanaco, and eight interchangeable covers patterned with unisex designs by Walker.”
FASHION UNITED (India) – by Angela Gonzalez-Rodriguez – “Profitable farms, higher demand from local apparel producers and retailers, higher consumer’s confidence levels and a profitability rebound based on growing margins are the main reasons why wool and cotton fibres are enjoying historic highs.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – by Holly Ryan – “Auckland-based company Healthy Breath has partnered with designer Karen Walker to export its latest antipollution face mask, MEO.
The reusable mask has been designed using a replaceable filter made from a New Zealand wool blend and with interchangeable cover designs created by Walker.
The company is looking to tap into international markets, with Asian consumers spending more than $2 billion on face masks every year, and double digit sales growth in the products annually.”
DECCAN CHRONICLE – Geetha Jayaraman – “There are different strands to the story of the loom — from innovative and fabric development, to sustainable fashion. A group of 26 fashion designers and craftsmen have come together to celebrate the heritage and glory of Indian looms, in an initiative spearheaded by the Minister of textile Smriti Zubin Irani.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Peter Hunt – “ELECTRONIC identification of sheep and goats will cost Victorian producers, saleyards and abattoirs $17.9 million this year, rising to an annual ongoing cost of $24 million within three years.
That’s the findings of an independent regulatory impact statement into Victoria’s redrafted Livestock Disease Control regulations, put out for public comment last week.”
THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER – by Carolyn Millet – “A URALLA-area business is about to launch its retail website for what’s believed to be the world’s first machine-washable, ultrafine merino wool range for pregnant women and babies.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “Ongoing government support for the Queensland grazing fraternity’s efforts to protect its livestock and rebuild rural economies would be very welcome, especially in the face of two recent fencing material price rises, according to Augathella’s Glenn Roberts.”
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Wool producer Ross Quail is counting himself lucky after selling wool in early March when wool prices had reached one its recent peaks.
Mr Quail, of Woorndoo, north of Mortlake, gained 1661 cents a kilogram in Melbourne for a seven bale line of 17.7 micron merino wool.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – “The Federal Government’s move to scrap the 457 visa for skilled foreign workers has raised concerns about a lift in costs and red tape among several food and fibre-based industries…. Goat, deer and turf farmers, shearers, wool buyers and classers, stock and station agents, butchers and small goods makers, horse trainers and jockeys — they are all slated to be cut from the list of eligible positions under two new foreign skilled workers visa programs…”