SOO TODAY – by Donna Hopper – “A local group of enterprising fibre enthusiasts are undertaking a daunting task. They’re attempting to create a wool sweater from scratch – including shearing the sheep, spinning the wool and knitting the final product – in under eight hours. It’s much more difficult than it sounds.”
RIVERINE HERALD – by Shepparton News – “Investment intentions of Victorian farmers have strengthened considerably over the past 12 months, according to new research from Commonwealth Bank.
The research, part of Commonwealth Bank’s biannual Agri Insights survey, shows investment intentions have rebounded strongly across a number of measures including technology, off-farm investment and staffing.”
GISBORNE HERALD – by Justine Tyerman – “MY friends are wandering around these days with ‘birds’ on their feet. It sounds absurd but apparently, they make your feet very happy. Even our daughter and her Kiwi mates in London are wearing them. And they are all the rage in Silicon Valley too, I’m told.
Last weekend, they were seen trotting around at Lake Waikaremoana, keeping a pair of female feet toasty warm in freezing conditions. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders norther wool manager – “THE wool market continued to meander down this week. More dramatic moves were seen in local currency terms with a stronger Australian dollar seeing the price moves basically double those registered in US dollar terms.”
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FIBRE2FASHION – “The ministry of textiles has taken multiple steps to promote the wool sector in India in the last three years, according to the latest achievements report of the ministry. A total grant of Rs 33.98 crore has been released under pashmina Wool Development Scheme (PWDS) and pashmina Promotion Programme in the last three years, says the report.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “ELECTRONIC bale tags recording which farm wool comes from and who classed it, as well as a description and specification, cannot come soon enough for Elders Western Australian wool manager Danny Burkett.
“I just can’t wait, electronic tagging will stop a lot of (industry supply chain) problems, improve efficiency and save everyone some money,” Mr Burkett told 12 trainee wool classers touring Elders show floor and wool store last week.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “MEET Peter Harvey.
You might not know him but this man is the silent secret behind the success of many of Queensland and Australia’s top sheep studs.
Mr Harvey, who is the managing director of Southern Stock Services in Trangie, NSW is a nutritionist who provides nutrition programs for studs including Wilgunya, Mount Ascot, Towalba and Coban.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales – “China’s most powerful wool companies are starting a trial to buy wool directly from some of Victoria’s biggest woolgrowers under long-term fixed-price contracts.
The scheme, which will circumvent the traditional wool auction system, will see more than 1000 bales of wool supplied from about 10 farmers every year for the next five years, at prices averaging $18-$22 a kilogram for fine merino wool.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Managing a livestock business in western Queensland is a significant undertaking, but new remote monitoring technology could help ease the tyranny of distance for producers.”