NZ FARMER – “Veteran Marlborough shearer Chris Jones returned to his best when he won the open final at the Nelson A and P Show shearing championships at Richmond Showgrounds…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “RAW wool would be available for 24/7 purchase via a bulletin board within a proposed Wool Exchange Portal created by Australia’s wool grower-funded body Australian Wool Innovation.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) called 2016 a positive year, in which it offered research, development and marketing for woolgrowers, while also signalling a stronger digital future for wool at its Annual General Meeting (AGM). At the AGM, AWI CEO Stuart McCullough also made reference to the 2016-19 strategic plan, under which the company is now working.”
TREEHUGGER.COM – by Katherine Martinko – “This new Australian fashion brand is on a mission to show that wool is a logical solution in a world suffering the effects of synthetic fabrics.
Synthetic fibers are terrible for the environment. In an article last week, I discussed the release of massive amounts of plastic fibers into water every time synthetic clothes are washed and the profound implications this has on the world, particularly marine environments. It is crucial that we clothing-wearers prioritize natural fibers whenever possible, seeking out fabrics like organic cotton, linen, jute, and wool.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP and lamb numbers eased by 3000 to 72,351 on AuctionsPlus last week, with ewes and lambs making to $335, young composite ewes selling to $221 and first cross ewe lambs to $209.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “More Merino flocks are wanted to participate in the second phase of a pilot trial of the Sheep CRC’s flock profile test.”
NZ FARMER – by Sir David Fagan – “It’s been a long wait but we finally have the New Zealand Shearing and Woolhandling team confirmed to compete at the World Championships in Invercargill in February.
Most of the talk has been about who isn’t there with Rowland Smith missing out on selection, but in Johnny Kirkpatrick and Nathan Stratford, we still have an incredibly strong New Zealand combination.”
VOXY – Contributor Fuseworks Media – “Newly-selected World Championships representative Nathan Stratford continued his domination of South Island events this season and in particular the Tapanui stand when he retained the Open title at the West Otago A and P Show on Saturday.
It was his 7th win in the event in 9 years, and 11th overall in an Open career now in its 20th season, having previously won the Junior final in 1992 and Senior final in 1994.”
ADDISON COUNTY INDPENDENT – by Gaen Murphree – ” NEW HAVEN — Since shortly after its glory days supplying wool blankets and uniforms to Union troops during the Civil War, the Vermont wool industry has been struggling to regain its footing.
Now a New Haven farm is taking part in a UVM study to determine the feasibility of using wool as an environmentally friendly building insulation. Researchers hope this use could create a whole new market for the 100,000-some-odd pounds of wool that’s sheared each year off Vermont sheep and give a much-needed boost to the state’s sheep industry.”
FARM WEEKLY – “THE future of WA sheep meat and products are in high demand, according to ANZ bank agribusiness regional executive Andrew Roseby.
In the 1950s, Australia’s prolific global reputation as a world-class wool producer united a country and it rode on the sheep’s back into post-war economic prosperity…”