QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Mount Ascot Merinos and Jolly Jumbuck Poll Merinos will hold their annual on property ram sale on Wednesday January 18 with the auction starting at 1pm.”
NZ HERALD – by Doug Laing – “A crowd packed into a King Country woolshed had to wait till the last moments of a 480-minutes day before seeing a world ewe-shearing record broken by just two sheep this afternoon.
Shearing at Te Hape, east of Benneydale on State Hioghway 30 between Te Kuiti and Taupo, Coel L’Huillier, of Te Akau, and Kelvin Walker, of Taumarunui, shore 1068 to beat the two-stand eight-hours strongwool ewes record.”
CONSUMERIST – by Mary Beth Quirk – “The back and forth over American Airlines’ controversial new uniforms is continuing on into the new year: the company that makes the uniforms is defending the garments against thousands of flight attendants who say they’re causing itchy rashes and hives, asserting that they’re perfectly safe.”
TEXTILE WORLD – “SCHWAIG, Germany — January 10, 2017 — Südwolle GmbH & Co. KG, an important pillar of the European activities of Südwolle Group — a producer of worsted yarn in pure wool and wool blends — is strengthening its management. Effective from January 1, 2017, Robert Seibold has been appointed managing director Finance while Stéphane Thouvay has been named managing director Product Management & Innovation. Along with Seibold and Thouvay the Management Board of Südwolle GmbH & Co. KG will continue to include Manfred Heinrich (Technology & Production) and Hans-Georg von Schuh (Distribution/Sales).”
THE NAMIBIAN – News National – “GOVERNMENT is seeking to improve the sale of raw wool from livestock farmers to local processors and in South Africa by adding value to the product.
Industrialisation acting permanent secretary Calicious Tutalife told Nampa last week that the government is looking at increasing the price paid to farmers for raw wool derived from Swakara sheep farming.”
SUN LIVE – by Ryan Wood – “Some of the best shearers in the district – and even the country – will be heading down to Top Shot Bar in Te Puna on January 14 for the 17th annual Te Puna Speed Shear competition.
Around 100 lambs will have their coats shorn off at lightning speeds by competitors who can usually do at least three times that number by themselves in a day.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WHILE wool production is forecast to escalate 2.2 per cent to 332 million kilograms greasy wool in 2016-17, the Australian sheep flock is set to continue to decline…”
NZ FARMER – by Briar Babington – “It’s not a calling which beckons a lot of people, but for those who are drawn to the buzzing of clippers sliding their way over a sheep, shearing is a craft they are dedicated to.
Sheep numbers peaked in the early 80s at 70 million, but in recent years that number has dropped closer to 30 million.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “A big week of shearing in the central North Island kicks-off on Tuesday (January 10) with an attack on a record set six years ago by Northland and Hawke’s Bay gun Rowland Smith on the road to becoming one of the World’s greatest shearers.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “With a World shearing championships in the South Island for the first time less than a month away Peninsula Shears organiser Phil Bremner faces a dilemma in not knowing how many more competitors he can expect for his show next Saturday (January 14).”