TREE HUGGER – by Derek Markham – “WooBox uses two old-school materials to redesign an eco-friendly container for transporting fresh food.
Styrofoam, the common name for the more accurately called expanded polystyrene, is used in a huge variety of applications, from consumer packaging to industrial transport, and like the rest of the plastics family, is both insanely useful and ridiculously polluting at the same time. Its cheap cost, ease of forming by injection, extrusion, vacuum, and molds, and light weight makes it a great material for mass-produced items, but at a high environmental cost.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “There’s no money on the table, but the Remote Area Planning and Development Board is surveying the amount of ongoing interest in strategic cluster fencing in the state’s central west.”
NBR – by Rebecca Howard – “New Zealand’s wool market remained weak at the latest South Island auction as tepid off-shore interest and the stronger New Zealand dollar weighed on clearance.
Of the 8,065 bales offered 65 percent cleared, back further on the season to date clearance rate of 75 percent and well down on last year’s 89 percent clearance rate, AgriHQ said.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – THE YARN PODCAST Episode 15
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – “The cover of this new edition of Beyond the Bale features tennis ace Rafael Nadal fronting the latest AWI-supported marketing campaign by premium apparel brand Tommy Hilfiger. The campaign takes suiting to innovative new heights, unveiling three lightweight, high-performance, Woolmark-certified suits that are made from Australian Merino wool.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices generally softened further this week, and especially for fine Merino clips, as retail demand traditionally slowed with the advent of the Northern Hemisphere, Australian Wool Innovation said.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “The softening of price levels at Australian wool auction markets continued into the week ending June 2. The northern hemisphere, particularly China, have hit the traditionally slow retail demand period of early summer, and it appears that the finest merino types have taken the brunt of that slow down. Merino Wool’s 19.5 micron and finer were most affected.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 2 June 2017 (Week 48)
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul – “HAS there ever been a better time to be involved in the sheep and wool industry?
The wool market has held steady and moved slowly upwards over the past two years while the sheep and lamb markets have followed a similar trend.
As a result producers are showing they have plenty of confidence in the industry by not only growing their flocks but also improving their infrastructures.”
FARM IRELAND – by Louise Hogan – ” A swift change in fashion tastes in China, one of the world’s major textile buyers, is being blamed as wool prices to farmers have halved to 60c/kg.
Farmers have been left at a loss with shearing this season, with wool prices failing to cover the €2-3 average ewe shearing cost.
Irish wool buyers have reported a sharp drop in interest in the Chinese marketplace, with some Asian buyers reneging on contracts to buy Irish produce.”