BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Adam Holmes – “FROM the local school to the tennis club, the entire community of Axedale came together on Saturday for a celebration of what makes the small town great.
The fourth annual Axedale Quick Shear attracted people from the surrounding district for an afternoon of shearing, wood chopping demonstrations, local stalls, children’s movies and a ute show.”
FIRST POST – “In 2014, when Rahul Mishra became the first Indian designer to bag the International Woolmark Prize (in the womenswear category), suddenly the award garnered immense attention in the country even from people who might not necessarily be great consumers of designer wear.”
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST – by Jamie Carter “Whether you’re on the Dragon’s Back or making an assault on Lantau Peak, lightweight layers are the best way to stay warm. PLUS see our interactive guide to nearly 80 Hong Kong hikes for all abilities”
WHSV.COM – Courtesy: NEWSPLEX – “The competitors all have to shear a set amount of sheep,” said Pessino. “They’ll go through and try to sheer the sheep as fast and as efficiently as they can; and they’ll be judged off of the cleanliness of their sheep and how well they’re shorn and how fast they were able to do it.”
FG INSIGHT (Farmers Guardian UK) – “Time is flying fast since I have been in New Zealand. A couple of weeks off work over Christmas was more than I had expected, so returning to work in the New Year felt a bit like starting from scratch. Getting back to 200 lambs/day was a good start though, and long awaited, so I hope my shearing is improving. A recent highlight was driving out to watch the three-stand, eight-hour strongwool ewe shearing record in Hawkes Bay.”
STOCK & LAND – by Catherin Miller – “GUN Willalooka shearer Shannon Warnest is in the form of his life, hoping to clinch a third world championship next month.
On Sunday, he heads to New Zealand for the World Shearing & Wool Handling Championships in Invercargill from February 8 to 11.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE softened Australian dollar (AUD) is acting as a saving grace for wool buyers as record breaking prices fail to reduce demand for the fibre in the price-sensitive Chinese market.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WOOL brokers who see a lot of farms and a lot of sheep – along with the wool off them – consider Murray Hall one of the best “sheep men” in WA.
Mr Hall is renowned for producing best-styled wools and for the care he commits to his flock.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – Posted in Rural News – by Greg Ninness – “Crossbred wool prices fell sharply at the latest auctions with lambs wool prices falling to near 10 year lows as Chinese buyers sat on the sidelines and the high NZ dollar took its toll.”
SOUTH CHINA MORNING POST – by Jing Zhang – “A great story about growing up on a sheep farm in Uruguay, as well as beautiful clothes that show off wool’s qualities, helped Hearst to womenswear prize…”