THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “WOOL has edged out beef to become agriculture’s latest record breaker.
The fibre hit its highest-ever price last week at 1439c/kg, breaking the previous record of 1425c/kg, set in June 2011.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator finished last week at 1434c/kg, 12c/kg higher than the previous week, and the highest closing figure ever recorded.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – “… Last week’s North Island auction found new lows for crossbred wool, and some fleece wool that did not even reach $3/kg clean would be very unprofitable for the vendors of these offerings.”
THE RURAL – by Marty Moses – “WOOL prices increased by 12c/kg with the eastern market indicator settling at a record 1439c.
Moses and Son principal, Marty Moses said despite the high prices surprisingly, 10.4 per cent of the 56,000 bale offering was passed-in.”
THE BORDER MAIL – by Colin Bettels – “AGRICULTURE and Water Resources Minister Barnaby Joyce has declared Australia wants to open the batting to score potential new trading opportunities for major farm exports like beef, post-Brexit.”
STOCK & LAND – by Kristen Frost – “The Great Southern Supreme Merino ram sale produced the best result in years when the first ram of the sale was knocked down for $21,000 in Canberra this week.”
INSTYLE – by Eric Wilson – “At Monday night’s finale of the International Woolmark Prize, held this year in Paris during Couture Fashion Week, designer Gabriela Hearst was clearly in it to win it. The New York-based designer, representing the United States amid a wide field of international talents, was wearing a Merino wool sweater of her own design that depicted a diagram of woman’s ovaries and uterus that had been abstracted to also look like a ram’s heads.”
GEAR JUNKIE – “Based in New Zealand, Icebreaker is a top supplier of performance-wool products and an originator in the modern merino era. We talked with the brand about trends, recent developments, and the future of wool in the outdoors and beyond.”
RAGTRADER – “Victoria Beckham has found a winner.
Gabriela Hearst has been announced as the womenswear winner of the International Woolmark Prize 2016/17.
Woolmark is a trademark owned by Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI).”
TRI-STATE LIVESTOCK NEWS (US) – “The nation’s best sheep shearers and wool handlers are headed to New Zealand next month to compete in the Golden Shears World Shearing and Wool Handling Championship.
Five Americans: Loren Opstedahl, Piedmont, S.D., Leann Brimmer, Biddle, Mont., Alex Moser, Lester, Iowa, Kevin Ford, Charlemont, Mass., and Maggie Passino, Scottsville, Virginia will represent the U.S. at the world championships.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Cottweiler and Gabriela Hearst have been announced the winners of the menswear and womenswear 2016/2017 International Woolmark Prize (IWP), presented at a special event in Paris. This year, the menswear and womenswear awards were held together for the first time. The award was judged by a highly esteemed panel of judged for menswear and womenswear.”