NZ FARMER – by Tim Cronshaw – “Within three hours of bidding, more than $4 million worth of fleece had crossed a makeshift trading floor at the Canterbury A & P Show.
The final bid ended on a high note if a little behind the expected $7m of fleece transactions leading up to the event to showcase the wool auction system. The inaugural show auction was a 55-year break from the wool sale traditionally held at auction rooms.”
ABC RURAL – by Sarina Locke – “Australian Wool Innovation has given the greenlight for a new, online wool selling platform, giving sellers and buyers access to information 24/7.
The industry’s wool selling systems review panel has proposed an online portal for wool, expecting it to be cheaper, more transparent and provide more options for woolgrowers than the open cry auction like forward contracts, futures options and direct sales to mills.”
INSTYLE – by Andrea Cheng – “For Alicia Silverstone, it’s all about the animals. The Clueless star, who leads a plant-based lifestyle, has long been vocal about being an animal activist, partnering with PETA, the non-profit organization that champions animal rights, on PSAs and campaigns since she was in her teens. And now, she’s back at it again to spread a PETA-approved message: I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Wool. In case you’re wondering, yes, yes she is naked in the campaign…”
NZ FARMER – “Veteran Marlborough shearer Chris Jones returned to his best when he won the open final at the Nelson A and P Show shearing championships at Richmond Showgrounds…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “RAW wool would be available for 24/7 purchase via a bulletin board within a proposed Wool Exchange Portal created by Australia’s wool grower-funded body Australian Wool Innovation.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) called 2016 a positive year, in which it offered research, development and marketing for woolgrowers, while also signalling a stronger digital future for wool at its Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM, AWI CEO Stuart McCullough also made reference to the 2016-19 strategic plan, under which the company is now working.”
TREEHUGGER.COM – by Katherine Martinko – “This new Australian fashion brand is on a mission to show that wool is a logical solution in a world suffering the effects of synthetic fabrics.
Synthetic fibers are terrible for the environment. In an article last week, I discussed the release of massive amounts of plastic fibers into water every time synthetic clothes are washed and the profound implications this has on the world, particularly marine environments. It is crucial that we clothing-wearers prioritize natural fibers whenever possible, seeking out fabrics like organic cotton, linen, jute, and wool.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP and lamb numbers eased by 3000 to 72,351 on AuctionsPlus last week, with ewes and lambs making to $335, young composite ewes selling to $221 and first cross ewe lambs to $209.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “More Merino flocks are wanted to participate in the second phase of a pilot trial of the Sheep CRC’s flock profile test.”
NZ FARMER – by Sir David Fagan – “It’s been a long wait but we finally have the New Zealand Shearing and Woolhandling team confirmed to compete at the World Championships in Invercargill in February.
Most of the talk has been about who isn’t there with Rowland Smith missing out on selection, but in Johnny Kirkpatrick and Nathan Stratford, we still have an incredibly strong New Zealand combination.”