OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “Not-so woolly thinking has gone into developing technology touted as having the ability to improve global health.
Auckland-based Texus Fibre recently signed an investment and distribution agreement with another Auckland company, Healthy Breath Ltd, which would have the wool-based Helix Filter from Texus used in a new generation of urban masks marketed to Asian consumers.”
THE ARMIDALE EXPRESS – “SUPERIOR Merino genetics from some of the state’s best studs will be on offer at Armidale next week for the 72nd Armidale Ram Show and Sale.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WOOL has edged out beef to become agriculture’s latest record breaker.
The fibre hit its highest-ever price last week at 1439c/kg, breaking the previous record of 1425c/kg, set in June 2011.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator finished last week at 1434c/kg, 12c/kg higher than the previous week, and the highest closing figure ever recorded.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – “… Last week’s North Island auction found new lows for crossbred wool, and some fleece wool that did not even reach $3/kg clean would be very unprofitable for the vendors of these offerings.”
THE RURAL – by Marty Moses – “WOOL prices increased by 12c/kg with the eastern market indicator settling at a record 1439c.
Moses and Son principal, Marty Moses said despite the high prices surprisingly, 10.4 per cent of the 56,000 bale offering was passed-in.”
THE BORDER MAIL – by Colin Bettels – “AGRICULTURE and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce has declared Australia wants to open the batting to score potential new trading opportunities for major farm exports like beef, post-Brexit.”
STOCK & LAND – by Kristen Frost – “The Great Southern Supreme Merino ram sale produced the best result in years when the first ram of the sale was knocked down for $21,000 in Canberra this week.”
INSTYLE – by Eric Wilson – “At Monday night’s finale of the International Woolmark Prize, held this year in Paris during Couture Fashion Week, designer Gabriela Hearst was clearly in it to win it. The New York-based designer, representing the United States amid a wide field of international talents, was wearing a Merino wool sweater of her own design that depicted a diagram of woman’s ovaries and uterus that had been abstracted to also look like a ram’s heads.”
GEAR JUNKIE – “Based in New Zealand, Icebreaker is a top supplier of performance-wool products and an originator in the modern merino era. We talked with the brand about trends, recent developments, and the future of wool in the outdoors and beyond.”
RAGTRADER – “Victoria Beckham has found a winner.
Gabriela Hearst has been announced as the womenswear winner of the International Woolmark Prize 2016/17.
Woolmark is a trademark owned by Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI).”