INNOVATION IN TEXTILES – Ismaning – “The California based company Global Merino has been recognised with the Eco Performance Award for its sustainably produced and biodegradable functional fabric. The winning fabric GM 1754 is made from 64% polyester and 36% merino and, despite its being a blend, is categorised as biodegradable, due to the special polyester used in the fabric. In addition to being made from recycled PET, it decomposes much faster than conventional polyester, the company reports.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 13 April 2017 (Week 41)
WORKSAFE VICTORIA NEWS – “WorkSafe is calling on all regional businesses and workers to prioritise safety to help drive down the number of workplace deaths and injuries across Victoria.
According to new WorkSafe data, almost 7000 workers in regional Victoria were injured seriously enough last year to make a claim, which equates to more than 18 injuries every day. Health care and social assistance (1267 claims), manufacturing (1039) and construction (837) were the industry sectors with the highest number of claims.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “VICTORIAN breeder Harrison Mulquiny has been named joint winner of the sheep and wool industry Peter Westblade Scholarship.
The 21-year-old from Wooroonook and fellow winner Rachael Gawne, 22, of Wagga Wagga, were selected from six finalists.”
BUSINESS INSIDER – by Tyler Lauletta, Insider Picks – “… Breton Fischetti, senior director, commerce:
I was really interested to try QOR’s product when they sent it in — they’re leaning into wool, a fabric once maligned as uncomfortable and only for winter. However, it’s had a bit of a renaissance lately as people realize it can have several different weights, and that it dries quickly and naturally reduces odor.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltds Marketing Executive Mr Malcolm Ching reports that the 6500 bales of North Island wool on offer saw a 72 percent clearance with most types easing further.
The weighted indicator for the main trading currencies was unchanged on last week’s sale, having minimal impact.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield and Kath Sullivan – “THE mob-based traceability system for sheep is achieving a “satisfactory overall compliance result”, according to the NSW Government, despite a national study finding the opposite.
Its national livestock identification system compliance operation, codenamed Mary, showed there was a tagging compliance of 99.86 per cent, and vendor-bred national vendor declaration compliance of 98.26 per cent for sheep and goats.”
The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report: Sheep and cattle breeders savour price lifts as feed and shortages drive demand (NZ)
INTEREST.CO.NZ – “… Last week’s southern auction saw new lows for this troubled product, after vendors tried to reoffer previously unsold lots.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MOVIE star Jackie Chan’s fictitious suit in ‘The Tuxedo’ had settings for shake booty, anti-gravity, voice control and pants-only defence. Now wool has its own versions of the performance suit.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – ” WOOL prices have hit a ceiling, falling 92c/kg in the past fortnight.
It was the first drop on the Eastern Market Indicator in nine weeks, but the market did finish last week on a positive note.
The EMI sits at 1459c/kg, still more than 180c/kg above the same time last year, despite sharp falls across most microns.”