AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – “The cover of this new edition of Beyond the Bale features three-times Tour de France winner and current champion Chris Froome wearing Merino wool apparel, as part of a British GQ magazine feature promoting Merino wool in sportswear. This was an initiative by AWI to increase demand for Australian Merino wool in the country’s premium sportswear market.”
MANAWATU STANDARD (NZ) – by Sam Kilmister – “Taihape wool handler Sheree Alabaster and Feilding shearer Aaron Haynes gave the industry’s best a run for their money at the 57th Golden Shears in Masterton
Many of New Zealand’s great champions have had their names engraved in the record books at the national shearing competition, with rivalry between shearers always fierce and uncompromising.”
The national decline in sheep numbers and too many shearing events are being blamed for a sharp drop in Golden Shears entrants this year.
WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE – by Jake Beleski – “Sheep numbers in New Zealand hit a peak of about 70 million in the 70s and early 80s but the latest statistics show that number currently sits at about 28 million.
Combined with New Zealand hosting the world shearing and woolhandling championships in Invercargill three weeks prior to the event in Masterton, the Golden Shears was always up against it.
Golden Shears president Philip Morrison said yesterday entrants were down about 12 per cent from 2016, but was optimistic numbers would increase again next year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation says WoolProducers Australia is not representing enough of the industry.
The comment came during the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee Senate Estimates inquiry last week, where AWI chairman Wal Merriman and chief executive Stuart McCullough did not hold back their thoughts on the role of the wool industry’s peak body.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Colin Peace – “WITH a sniff of autumn in the air, there are a few more hay trucks seen on the roads of Victoria and southern NSW.
The volumes and costs of supplementary feeding have doubled on some dairy farms in East Gippsland during February but fodder costs are much cheaper than this time last year. Compared to this time last year, dairy farmers and sheep and cattle producers have every reason to increase the feeding level of fodder this month.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s generous redundancy payouts — one including almost $100,000 on top of its legal obligation — would not pass the “wool grower test”, the industry’s peak body says.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “PRICES were mixed during early trading this week, mostly because of quality variations.
The eastern states lamb indicators were mixed during early trading on Monday, however they all fell compared with last week.
The Merino lamb indicator lost the most ground, falling 33c/kg on last week’s to close Monday at 557c/kg carcass weight.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WOOL prices have surged to yet another record high price, the third for the year.
The Eastern Market Indicator closed last week at 1500c/kg, jumping 51c/kg in a week, and 145c/kg from where it finished on the last sale before Christmas.
But while in nominal terms wool prices are at a 29-year-high, the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia shows in real terms it is far from the highs seen in 1988.”
MIRAGE NEWS – “Brimbank Crime Investigation Unit members are investigating after a number of bales of wool were stolen from a business in Laverton North in the early hours of Sunday morning, Victoria Police say.”
HERALD SUN – by Samantha Townsend, News Corp, Herald Sun – “IT USED to be click go the shears boys, but the number of women now working in shearing sheds has almost doubled in the past 10 years.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics* there were 698 women in shearing sheds 10 years ago and now there are 1260.
Of those only 96 are shearers, including 27-year-old Emma Billett, who has been shearing for eight years.”