FIBRE2FASHION – “Leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services has been approved by Textile Exchange as a licensed certification body for the Responsible Wool Standard. SCS is now authorised to conduct independent certification assessments of wool production under ‘Farm Scope’ of the standard. SCS is also in the licensing process for ‘Processing Scope’ of the standard.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Colin Bettles – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) will be asked to expose more hidden details of controversial settlement payments made to nine retrenched employees, when the industry-levy-spending research and marketing agency again faces the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee.”
BAROSSA HERALD – Catherine Miller – “Bunyara stud, Moculta, received a new Ag 200 motorbike as the winners of the WSB Distributors Clare and Yamaha Australia all purpose pen of two ram lambs class at the Elders SA Stud Merino Expo.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – ” A BOOMING wool market boosted Quality Wool’s charity auction for Ronald McDonald House Westmead to a record high result at the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne last week.
One hundred and seventy NSW wool growers donated 93 bales or 14,000kg of wool, which raised $77,000, the best the charity auction has ever fetched. “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by natalie Kotsios – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation should relocate from Sydney to a regional city to boost jobs and save levypayer money, growers say.
The Australian Wool Growers Association has backed the Federal Government’s decentralisation push, arguing the industry’s research and development corporation should be the next to go.”
THE STANDARD – “Young farmers are encouraged to sign up for a three day business boot camp designed especially to assist producers to understand and manage business risk.
Agriculture Victoria meat and wool services program manager Kate Linden said the Young Farmer Farm Business Boot Camp program was successfully piloted in 2015 and had returned to provide vital skills to assist young farmers.”
THE ARMIDALE EXPRESS – by Madeline Link – “IN a Milan menswear boutique, suits in excess of $4000 are being sold with wool grown in Hillgrove NSW, population 95.
Tarrangower Merinos owned by David and Angie Waters have been recognised for their exceptional merino wool, awarded first place in the Ermenegildo Zegna Superfine Wool Trophy competition.”
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “David Rowbottom reckons his family’s fourth consecutive win this year of the award for the world’s best sheep wool is due to luck.
Mr Rowbottom, of St Helens near Port Fairy, said the 10.7 micron fleece that won the Vellus Aureum (Golden Fleece) trophy at this year’s Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Awards was just .07 of a point ahead of the second placegetter…”
FREE TIMES – by Eva Moore – “Trevor Goodwin of Andrews, South Carolina, is using an overhead hook on a motorized track to pick up bulging cloth packages and maneuver them into position. He cuts and tears open the packages, which are full of raw wool — fleeces shorn from sheep in the Western U.S. In its raw state, the wool is speckled with twigs and dirt and drenched with lanolin, the natural oily wax that sheep produce to protect and waterproof their wool.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – ““MENTAL health was not spoken about as freely 20 years ago as it is now,” says Jock MacRae as he reflects on the effects the millennium drought had on farmers.
“Everyone handles things in different ways but it eventually wore away at a lot of people on the land.
“It became pretty challenging.””