THE INVERELL TIMES – “Aerial baiting programs, targeting wild dogs, are being launched across NSW during the next few months in a community-wide, coordinated bid to reduce attacks on livestock and protect native fauna.
The programs will be rolled out across seven of the state’s 11 Local Land Service regions with the Northern Tablelands preparing for its largest campaign yet.”
DAILY LIBERAL – “Wool growers across the central west are encouraged to donate pieces of scrap wool as part of a new pilot fundraising program with the Royal Flying Doctor South Eastern Section.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week commencing 12/3/2018
Finishing the week at 1,778c/kg the Eastern Market Indicator lost 52 cents over the three days of selling.
A national offering of 45,536 bales had a pass in rate of almost eleven percent with Merino fleece categories registering the highest rate.”
NZ HERALD – THE COUNTRY – ” Companies are made by people – not by machinery or money.
So says Francesco Botto Poala, chief operating officer of long-standing Italian textile company Reda.
Based in Biella, in the north of Italy, Reda is 150-odd years old and exports to United States, European, Asian and Middle Eastern markets, and has supplied fabric to such huge names in the fashion industry as Giorgio Armani, Gucci, Tom Ford and Hugo Boss.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “POLICE have stepped up monitoring for suspicious vehicles in the South West and farmers are installing cameras on entry points after another livestock theft was reported in Gnowangerup last week.
Merino stud breeder Collyn Garnett said he would be installing cameras to monitor for vehicles entering his property after he found 100 pregnant ewes were missing.”
NZ HERALD – ” Suspecting natural fibres are better for your skin than synthetic ones is far from woolly thinking, new New Zealand research suggests.
A new trial by scientists at Crown research institute AgResearch investigated how human skin reacted to different fabrics, and initial findings put wool over polyester.
“There’s been a lot of science looking at the connection between our health and what we put in our bodies, but here we are looking what we wear on our bodies and what that may mean for our skin health,” AgResearch scientist Dr Alex Hodgson said.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “A CHOPPY currency market, tight exporter finances, the on again/off again potential trade war and a gathering chorus of customers saying ‘too high’ all conspired this week to push the wool market down rather firmly.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “BROADER micron Merino wools, sometimes referred to as ‘carpet wools’ by fine woolgrowers, are benefiting from a magic carpet ride of resurgent value.
Once the mainstay of WA wool production and the staple Australian fleece during wool’s heyday last century, a now limited supply of broader 21 and 22 micron wools were back in demand last week at the Western Wool Centre (WWC).”
INDIAN EXPRESS – by Sharmi Adhikary – “At the finale of the Woolmark International Prize held in January during Pitti Uomo in Florence, American designer Phillip Lim called this year’s winner—womenswear label, Bodice—“romantic, modern and relevant”. Ruchika Sachdeva, the woman behind the brand, stood humbled and elated.”
FARM IRELAND – by Jonathan Barrett and Colin Packham – ”
Sheep farmers in rural Australia waited more than half a century for wool prices to come roaring back, only to find there aren’t enough shearers to trim their golden fleeces.
The industry shackles mean suppliers in Australia, which provides about 90 percent of the world’s exported fine-wool used in clothing manufacturing, are struggling to meet demand. That has forced some garment makers to sell at a loss or reduce their wool content.”