SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing – “NEW shearing records were set in two separate attempts in New Zealand this week, setting new two-stand marks for strongwool lambs and ewes.”
AGENDA.GE – (Tbilisi, Georgia) – “Georgian wool has become the first product of animal origin to be exported to the market of the European Union (EU), marking a further step on Georgia’s deepening trade ties with the EU.
A second shipment of 45 tonnes of Georgian wool is scheduled for export in approximately two weeks’ time. The first shipment (22 tonnes) took place in December of 2016.”
INNOVATION IN TEXTILES – “Continuing to connect designers with the world’s best commercially available wool fabric and yarn manufacturers, The Woolmark Company has unveiled the latest edition of The Wool Lab at Pitti Uomo, which is being held in Florence, Italy, this week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S main wool price indicator hit a 5.5-year high yesterday as demand spiked due to supply concerns among major buyers.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Chinese factories close from next week due to new year celebrations, known as the spring festival, and are expected to have an impact on wool exports in the next fortnight…”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE growing issue of ethical fashion has shone a spotlight on the sustainability of “fast fashion” and in turn, guiding the fashion industry down a road toward more sustainable fibre use.
“Fast fashion” is a term coined to the quick turnaround times between runway, manufacture and retail which can be as short as 10 days.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – ” FARMERS aren’t all overall- wearing, pitchfork-holding, grey- haired men.
Although if you typed in to Google, “What does a farmer look like”, you would most likely find images matching that description.
It was this phrase that started a year-long campaign to change the perception of Australian farmers and agriculture. “
INTEREST.CO.NZ – Posted in Rural News by Tony Chaston – ” … WOOL
The last sale of 2016 in the North, saw the market recover slightly at the new lows, but at around $4/kg clean for crossbred wool no one is happy….”
ABC NEWS – ABC RURAL – by Courtney Fowler and Brooke Neindorf – “The head of a luxury men’s apparel brand says wool producers need to play a bigger role in the fibre’s manufacturing process.
Maatsuyker was born from a collaborative MBA project at the University of South Australia and is in the midst of finalising its first winter collection for the launch in April.”
ABC NEWS – ABC Rural – by Michelle Stanley – “Western Australia’s sheep-producing community has farewelled “devoted stock man” and “keen judge of the South African Meat Merino (SAMM) breed”, Rocco De Bellis of the Gracefield SAMM Stud.”