STOCK & LAND – by Peter Kostos – “For the uninitiated, Thorpdale is set in the Strzelecki Ranges between West and South Gippsland, and is one of Australia’s prime potato growing districts.
Because of where it is situated, and the fantastic depth and quality of the red soil, Thorpdale and surrounds also produce some of the best sheep and cattle possible.”
THE ADVERTISER – by Belinda Willis – “AUSTRALIAN wool is making a serious return to the world’s catwalks with the likes of Tommy Hilfiger and Max Mara helping farmers capture record prices this year.
It’s all part of the industry’s Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) marketing plan – to forge high-profile partnerships with leading fashion houses that, in turn, boost demand.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 1 December 2017 (Week 22)
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S cricket-loving wool growers are being asked to donate some of their valuable clip for a unique initiative to produce woollen Baggy Green caps for future generations of cricketers.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “NEW sheep feeding standards for non-Merino or maternal ewes are expected to be finalised next year.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “STRONG pre-Christmas buying at auctions has lifted Australian wool prices out of last week’s dip.”
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SHEEP CENTRAL – “HAMILTON’S sheep and lamb saleyard will be the first major centre to gain State Government funding approval for electronic tag scanning equipment and software, to upload data to the National Livestock Identification System.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “HISTORICAL material showing developments in wool preparation and sale will be on permanent display in the Melbourne Wool Selling Centre.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Yvonne O’Hara – “People will be breathing easier in air-polluted cities, thanks in part to a Wanaka sheep breeder, writes Yvonne O’Hara.
Founder of the Wanaka-based Headwaters breeding group, Andy Ramsden has spent the past eight years developing the Astino, a sheep with wool that is now being grown for use as part of a filter system in anti-pollution Karen Walker-designed face masks.
They were recently launched in China and other Asian markets.
“Initially, I wanted to create a new breed for the dry hill country,” Mr Ramsden said.”