SHEEP CENTRAL – “The expectation for sustained, strong retail sales growth will support continued demand for Australian wool exports and strengthening prices for producers.”
FIBRE TO FASHION.COM – “The demand for wool is continuing to grow in major international markets for imported clothing like the EU and the US. The demand is forecast to grow more strongly in China—the world’s largest producer and exporter of woollen clothing and textiles. Increasing domestic consumption of luxury woollen textiles is also a factor pushing wool demand in China.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – “Wool industry heads have warned senators against any moves to relocate their offices from Sydney to a regional centre.
Senior executives at Australian Wool Innovation have been asked — and have declined — to make a submission to a Senate inquiry into relocations.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “DETECTIVES are investigating the theft of about $60,000 worth of wool from the Techwool Trading store at Laverton on Sunday morning.
Almost 40 bales were taken in the burglary, police said.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – “The cover of this new edition of Beyond the Bale features three-times Tour de France winner and current champion Chris Froome wearing Merino wool apparel, as part of a British GQ magazine feature promoting Merino wool in sportswear. This was an initiative by AWI to increase demand for Australian Merino wool in the country’s premium sportswear market.”
MANAWATU STANDARD (NZ) – by Sam Kilmister – “Taihape wool handler Sheree Alabaster and Feilding shearer Aaron Haynes gave the industry’s best a run for their money at the 57th Golden Shears in Masterton
Many of New Zealand’s great champions have had their names engraved in the record books at the national shearing competition, with rivalry between shearers always fierce and uncompromising.”
The national decline in sheep numbers and too many shearing events are being blamed for a sharp drop in Golden Shears entrants this year.
WAIRARAPA TIMES-AGE – by Jake Beleski – “Sheep numbers in New Zealand hit a peak of about 70 million in the 70s and early 80s but the latest statistics show that number currently sits at about 28 million.
Combined with New Zealand hosting the world shearing and woolhandling championships in Invercargill three weeks prior to the event in Masterton, the Golden Shears was always up against it.
Golden Shears president Philip Morrison said yesterday entrants were down about 12 per cent from 2016, but was optimistic numbers would increase again next year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation says WoolProducers Australia is not representing enough of the industry.
The comment came during the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee Senate Estimates inquiry last week, where AWI chairman Wal Merriman and chief executive Stuart McCullough did not hold back their thoughts on the role of the wool industry’s peak body.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Colin Peace – “WITH a sniff of autumn in the air, there are a few more hay trucks seen on the roads of Victoria and southern NSW.
The volumes and costs of supplementary feeding have doubled on some dairy farms in East Gippsland during February but fodder costs are much cheaper than this time last year. Compared to this time last year, dairy farmers and sheep and cattle producers have every reason to increase the feeding level of fodder this month.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s generous redundancy payouts — one including almost $100,000 on top of its legal obligation — would not pass the “wool grower test”, the industry’s peak body says.”