HIGH PLAINS / MIDWEST AG JOURNAL – “Bringing together 250-plus wool industry professionals from around the world—representing all stages of the wool pipeline—the International Wool Textile Organization Congress concluded May 5 in Harrogate, United Kingdom.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish – “A WEEK is a long time in the wool industry. Volatility around the world, particularly in Washington DC is making people nervous, demand for wool is drifting lower, in part because of nerves and in part due to seasonality. “
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “YEAR 12 students at the Western Australian College of Agriculture, Cunderdin, were enlightened last week on what happens to the college’s wool clip after it goes out the gate.
They also gained an insight into potential career opportunities in a wool industry that has been booming for 12 months and shows little sign of easing off, before spring shearing starts to restock depleted stores.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “A packed wool pavilion and a Droughtmaster feature show were just two of the features of a Longreach Show that was buzzing with atmosphere, unhampered by any threat of rain.”
CAMBRIDGE NEWS – by Tom Pilgrim – “The beginners’ course at the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate covered how to sheep shear with blades… Visitors to the National Trust’s Wimpole Estate have been offered a special course in how to shear a sheep using a traditional method.”
TRIB LIVE – WESTMORELAND – by Dillon Carr – ” Spring showers dampened more than moods this year.
Toni Ritchie, who owns 10 sheep and four lambs at her farm in Forbes Road, Salem Township, had to wait a month for their fleece to dry before shearing them.
Sheep usually are sheared from January through March, Ritchie said. But this year she had to wait out the rain. “
THE CANBERRA TIMES – by Andrew Brown – “The initial forecast for Canberra was for a wet and woolly weekend, and while the rain held off, it delivered on the woolly part.
A Celebration of Wool took over Kingston’s Old Bus Depot Markets on Saturday, with more than 45 stalls showcasing everything from yarn, to rugs and even knitted jumpers.”
THE AUSTRALIAN DAIRY FARMER – “The research, part of Commonwealth Bank’s bi-annual Agri Insights survey, shows farmers are preparing to boost spending and realise opportunities by hiring more staff, getting their families more involved and by using more contractors and advisers.
Investment in the beef, wool and lamb sectors, in particular, is expected to strengthen dramatically on the back of strong prices and record grain harvests. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “A FEW hours into judging at the Queensland State Sheep Show in Charleville and the Jolly Jumbuck Poll Merino Stud, Mitchell has already claimed their first Grand Championship.
Felicity, Charlie and Lachie Brumpton were awarded the Grand Champion All Purpose Merino with a ram from their stud, Jolly Jumbuck Poll Merinos.”
TECH NEWS – AFP Relaxnews – “Alessandro Sartori, artistic director of the Ermenegildo Zegna group, has unveiled details of a new textile project being spearheaded by the brand, which combines craftsmanship with nanotechnology to eliminate crease lines from wool forever.
According to WWD, the brand aims to fuse fashion with science to develop a crease-resistant wool fiber which will “prevent felting so that the fabric can be machine washable while retaining wool’s natural hygroscopic features”.”