OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “When Nanny Glerup Kristensen felted a pair of boots with wool from her own sheep back in 1993, little did she know that it would grow into an export business.
Danish footwear firm Glerups now markets indoor shoes throughout Denmark and in more than 20 countries, selling close to 250,000 pairs a year.”
NZ FARMER – by Esther Taunton – “Hastings shearer Rowland Smith continued his run of recent form with a win over world champion Johnny Kirkpatrick at the Taranaki Shears on Friday.
The fleece flew as Smith finished almost three points clear of Kirkpatrick in the open shearing final at the Stratford War Memorial Hall.”
KNITTING INDUSTRY – by Elizia Volkmann – “… Avant Garde knitwear design label Sibling and support for design innovation in knitwear by both Woolmark and Campaign for Wool has brought knitwear to the fore. Sibling’s runway knitwear this season was not the big “art show” that the label has previously shown, but a much more commercially focused collection with just a few unusual thrills and frills, again a sign of a fashion label responding to more uncertain times.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Pam Jones – “This year’s WoolOn Creative Fashion event will feature some “exciting” new elements, but they are under wraps for now, organisers say…”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Zoe McMaugh – “Walbundrie’s Daniel Thomas claimed the top award in the Deniliquin Pastoral & Agricultural Society’s Riverina Shearing Championships.
The championships were held as part of the annual Deniliquin Show, which was held Friday, March 3 and Saturday, March 4.
Thomas claimed the blue ribbon in the open section, ahead of Deniliquin Show shearing steward and veteran shearer Brian Sullivan. Echuca-based shearer Franky Atkinson came third.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Benjamen Judd – “When Italian luxury label Ermenegildo Zegna purchased a stake in the historic Achill Farm in Armidale, New South Wales, no one could have guessed how hard the subsequent three years would be.
Zegna learnt the harsh truth about Australian farming. Its 6300-hectare property was hit by a debilitating drought, forcing a decision to “tighten the belts”, according to Chairman Paolo Zegna, and test every hope he and sixth-generation wool grower Charlie Coventry had for the property.”
DIGITAL TRENDS – by Kate Erwin – “For those who haven’t found wool and incorporated it into their daily, year-round life, we recommend making a change. The best part is, it’s never too late to start loving wool. Dubbed as “nature’s own tech fabric,” the wool comeback dates back to the last couple decades, dissolving any preconceived notions that wearing wool is nothing more than an itch-filled experience. Frankly, it’s time to forget about those sweaters your grandmother made for you.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish – “THERE were lots of unexpected moves across the globe during the week. A predictable announcement by the Federal Reserve on interest rates in the US saw the currency markets plunge, and the Australian dollar soar as a result.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “VICTORIAN woolgrowers David and Susan Rowbottom of St. Helens have produced arguably the world’s best ultrafine wool fleece for four consecutive years.
They defended their title by winning the prestigious Vellus Aureum Trophy tonight (Friday) during the 54th Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Awards, after beginning their winning streak in 2014.”
FINANCIAL REVIEW – by Simon Evans – “Victoria Wool Processors washes and purifies 35 tonnes of wool each day from its premises at Laverton North on the outskirts of Melbourne. It’s been in business for 27 years and processes about 3 per cent of the country’s national wool clip, but the gas crisis is leaving it teetering on the edge.”