PRESTIGE ON LINE – by Alice Franklin – “Belgian designer Raf Simons is best known for his sleek, modern designs that hold an edgy and effortless appeal. For the second consecutive season, the ex-Christian Dior creative director has joined forces with Australian wool experts at The Woolmark Company for his spring/summer 2018 collection, to produce 50 looks that pay homage to this oft-overlooked fabric.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “The 2017 Royal Queensland Show showcased 131 fleeces from Queensland and NSW that met with the appraising eye of wool judge Robert Ellis, Ruralco Wool, Melbourne.
Achieving grand champion fleece of the show was a medium wool stud ram fleece weighing 12kg from Will and Narda Roberts, Victoria Downs Merino Stud, Morven, with a score of 94 points.”
BROADSHEET Melbourne – by Amanda Valmorbida – “New Zealand label Harman Grubiša has been awarded the Woolmark Prize for womenswear, and Melbourne label Blairarchibald has taken out the menswear prize in the Australia and New Zealand region category.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE Eastern Market Indicator climbed 28c/kg last week, despite a strong Australian dollar and big volume offering.
Prices strengthened across the board during the first sales after the three-week recess, with all micron indicators in the south jumping between 10c/kg and 49c/kg.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “VICTORIAN sheep producers Tim and Georgie Leeming are building precision into reproduction by shrinking pregnant ewe mob sizes and paddock sizes, and using natural shelter to maximise lamb survival. Tim and Georgie Leeming run a self-replacing composite flock on 1530 hectares north of Coleraine at Pigeon Ponds in Victoria’s Western District. They also run …”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “ROMA stock agent Nick Shorten of GDL has been declared the 2017 ALPA Queensland Young Auctioneers Competition winner.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “BALLARAT has emerged as the first Victorian saleyard to consistently scan and upload data from electronically identified sheep and lambs at commercial sales in the lead-up to the 2018 statewide saleyards EID scanning deadline.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “INVESTIGATING the merge of the wool and sheep research and marketing bodies has been proposed as the rift between Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) widens.
What appears to have triggered the public battle is polarising ideologies on animal welfare issues, mulesing in particular.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “VICTORIAN superfine wool grower Noel Henderson has turned down leadership of the sector’s peak grower body as the sector struggles to reach a consensus on an animal welfare and mulesing policy.”
NZ HERALD – THE COUNTRY – “Crossbred wool prices continue to be seriously challenged with a further drop in prices at last week’s South Island wool sale in Christchurch.
The offering of very well grown pre-lamb crossbred fleece failed to attract buyers, allowing the market to slip by up to 4%.”