ISPO – “Natural fabrics like Merino wool have long since arrived on the sports market, but the textile industry will have to develop them much more quickly in the future. Processed together with synthetic fabrics and their functionality, they’ll become the trend of winter 2018/2019.”
THE COURIER – by Darren Gray – “Last week it was lamb and today it is wool. There is some good news in the offing for western Victorian farmers who are putting their faith in sheep.
Last Tuesday export sheep at Ballarat saleyards sold for an Australian record of $256 and now at wool auctions in Melbourne there may be more good news ahead for fine wool growers.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “FiberVisions is presenting the WoolVisions by CoolVisions fabrics collection at Munich ISPO, which runs February 5-8, and will be displayed at the Global Merino and Chia Her booths in Hall C3. WoolVisions fabrics are made by blending merino wool with polypropylene, which is the lightest, driest, best insulating and a stain resistant fibre.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Following a dramatic dip in prices last week, the Eastern Market Indicator has recovered from its 22 cents a kilogram tumble last week to close at 1422c/kg yesterday.”
ABC NEWS – Landline by Prue Adams – “China’s first supermodel has partnered with the iconic Woolmark Company to produce a fashion range made almost entirely from Australian merino wool.
Lu Yan, who had her debut on the international catwalks as a teenager 17 years ago, is a well-known name in China.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “VICTORIAN sheep and goat producers have been urged to apply for electronic identification transition assistance and ignore concerns the State Government’s $17 million package might be insufficient.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Michael Avery, Southern Aurora Wool – “ORWARD contracts traded in light volume as buyers and sellers looked for guidance from the auction and offshore, following the Chinese New Year.”
TRI-STATE LIVESTOCK NEWS – “Temple Grandin, Ph.D., Colorado State University, kicked off the festivities at of one of the largest American Sheep Industry Association conventions in the last decade in her trademark way, by mesmerizing the audience with her concrete thinking.”
NZ FARMER – by Brittany Pickett – “Welsh shearing commentator Huw Condron blames Invercargill for his “shearing bug”.
The commentator is in Invercargill for the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships this week, but it was in the early 2000s he first visited.
“I’d probably have a lot more time and a lot more money in my bank account if I wasn’t involved in shearing over here.”
NZ FARMER – by Mike Watson – “Crutching 1000 lambs could prove the ideal warm up for Marlborough shearer Sarah Higgins as she heads to the All Nations shearing championships in Invercargill.
Higgins is the sole Marlborough shearer competing at the All Nations event which has drawn 400 entries.
“It’s part of my practise run towards the championships,” she said.”