AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 3 February 2017 (Week 31)
THE AGE – by Darren Gray – “The stopwatch shows that it was all over in less than 65 seconds.
So as auctions go this sale, held in a sprawling warehouse in the western suburbs of Melbourne, was a rather quick one. But for the farming family looking through the glass into the wool auction room, two of whom had travelled hundreds of kilometres to be there, it was 65 seconds well spent.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “RENEWED Italian interest could help extend the Australian wool market current strong run as supplies of fine wool dwindle in the face of solid Chinese and European demand.”
THE BRECON & RADNOR EXPRESS – by Emma Evans in Local People – “TWO local farmers are hoping that they can cut it at the 2017 World Shearing and Woolhandling championships in New Zealand.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kath Sullivan – “SALEYARD operators will be told over the next few weeks how Victoria’s mandatory electronic identification system for sheep and goats will be rolled out.
The Australian Livestock Saleyards Association has been given $230,000 by the State Government to run six workshops across Victoria — which works out at $38,300 a workshop.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA – JANUARY 27: Gabriela Hearst attends HarperÂ’s BAZAAR celebration of the 150 Most Fashionable Women presented by TUMI in partnership with American Express, La Perla and Hearts On Fire at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 27, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)”
This isn’t any ordinary sheep – this is Amy, the new Marks & Spencer wool advert sheep (and she even has her own agent)
DAILY MAIL – by Clemmie Moodie, Associate Showbiz editor for The Daily Mail – “At nearly 15 and a half stone, she is, perhaps, a tad meatier than some of her glamorous predecessors.
But Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alexa Chung, Emma Thompson and Helen Mirren have a new co-star in their midst – Amy the sheep.
The 7-year-old – 56 in sheep years – has become the most in-demand woolly creature in Britain after landing a plum role in a new M&S wool campaign advert, and securing an audition for a forthcoming ITV two-parter.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “War memorial hall becomes a shearing in world champs prelude
Organisers of the Otago Shears which start tomorrow (Friday) are bringing in extra sheep to cope with increased entries in the final shakedown before next week’s World championships in Invercargill.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Love is in the air at Australian Wool Network (AWN) as the nation’s largest independent wool broker launches a series of video stories as part of a digital marketing campaign.”
THE BORDER MAIL – “THE mutton market is set to propel to new heights this year as strong wool and lamb prices put a squeeze on cast-for-age ewe numbers.
Mutton prices have rallied to six-year highs with a dramatic 145 cent a kilogram carcase weight climb on year-ago levels, the upshot of tight supply and solid demand.”