FARM WEEKLY – by Jacinta Bolsenbroek – “THE WA Shooters, Fishers and Farmers Party has continued to build its agricultural focus, with the appointment of a former Pastoralists and Graziers Association policy officer Ian Randles as its research officer this month.”
THE SHEEP SITE – USDA National Wool Review – 21 November 2016
THE TELEGRAPH (UK) – by Julia Bradshaw – “”Every sheep is different, so every fleece is different, you open one up and never know what you’re going to get,” says Ian Brooksbank, a senior head grader for the British Wool Marketing Board (BWMB) – the country’s last surviving agricultural commodities co-operative.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern wool manager – “A WEAKER Australian dollar, or more correctly a stronger US dollar, assisted the wool market during the past week to lift prices in local terms.
The eastern market indicator (EMI) managed a rise of 24c for the week, while prices eased in US terms by 6c. Prices in Euro were squarely in the middle of the other two currencies with a lift of 14c for those processors around the Mediterranean.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE unanimous recommendation by the Wool Exchange Portal (WEP) working group to establish an electronic trading platform will dawn a “new era” for woolgrower transactions, according to Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sean Fewster and Andrew Hough – “THE Supreme and District Courts are getting a makeover, with judges embracing a new season’s fashion and donning brand-new robes.
On Friday, the Courts Administration Authority announced judges would begin wearing new, all-black Australian-made, merino wool robes accentuated by coloured sashes.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 18 November 2016 (Week 20)
THE COUNTRY (NZ Herald) – “Prices continued to be erratic at yesterday’s South Island wool sale. In a predominantly crossbred offering, demand for crossbred hogget fleece, oddments and short wools were very subdued as large stocks, mainly in Asia, had yet to be pro-cessed from the trade, PGG Wrightson Wool said.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Press Release – “At its Annual General Meeting (AGM) today, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) reported on a positive year of delivering research, development and marketing for woolgrowers and signaled a stronger digital future…”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release AgResearch – “AgResearch scientists have been putting the heat on wool garments to see what level of fire protection they can provide to those in the armed forces or emergency services.
With wool’s burn resistant properties being well-known, AgResearch – working alongside co-funder Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and UK-based New Zealand company Armadillo Merino – has been exploring how wool base layer or “next to skin” garments respond to flame and intense heat, and specifically how absorbed moisture in the wool affects the flammability.”