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.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE wool market continued its unrelenting rise this week climbing a further 24 cents a kilogram week-on-week – marking the seventh consecutive week the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) has increased.
The EMI closed at 1546c/kg, a 26 per cent hike on year-ago levels.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Australian Wool Innovation will conduct a cost benefit analysis into moving its Sydney office to a lower cost regional area.
AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough and board chairman Walter Merriman attended a recent Senate Estimates Committee hearing in Canberra that outlaid the Federal Government’s decentralisation agenda.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Woolkabin stud founder Elliott Patterson, who passed away in 2011, had a dream — to win the supreme title in Wagin Woolorama’s Merino section.
With the stud showing sheep every year since the event’s autumn conception, his wish came true this year.”