NZ FARMER – by Jenny Campbell – “Family connections mean a lot for the Canadian machine shearing team of a pair of brothers.
Cliff, 63, and Don Metheral, 47, competed at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill last week, and also managed to visit Cliff’s daughter while in the country.
His daughter, Jennel McKenzie lives on a farm at Clinton with husband Ryan and two children.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release Xlibris – “New book offers look back on beauty, best times of historic woolsheds
HASTINGS, New Zealand – Angus Gordon chronicles and celebrates the beauty and best times of the historic woolsheds of the Hawke’s Bay area which has been such a famous sheep farming area for over 160 years. “Famous Times” (published by Xlibris NZ) is a record of a time, now past, when life was simpler but also more elegant.”
NZ FARMER – “Well heeled North American homeowners are about to feel plush New Zealand wool on their feet.
Carrfields Primary Wool (CP Wool) is stepping up its efforts to sell a range of limited edition carpet in the United States and Canadian marketplace through its redeveloped Just Shorn brand.
Carrfields was formed when the Mid Canterbury family-owned Carr Group bought Elders NZ assets three years ago.”
REUTERS – by Venus Wu and Giulia Segreti – “HONG KONG/BIELLA, Italy, Feb 14 (Reuters) – International textiles buyers are increasingly switching away from China, and back to Western suppliers, as rising labour, raw material and energy costs make the world’s dominant producer more expensive.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES (NZ) – “International textiles buyers are increasingly switching away from China, and back to Western suppliers, as rising labour, raw material and energy costs make the world’s dominant producer more expensive.
In Biella, a small town in the foothills of the Alps at the heart of northern Italy’s wool industry, factory owners say a narrowing price difference with China and demands for nimbler production nearer home are winning back higher-end customers.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “STRONG online enquiry for wool is continuing in line with general market demand, with more than 100 bales sold on Wooltrade this week.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook – “Research into the unusual straight and silky wool of mutant sheep is getting closer to revealing why it behaves differently to traditional sheep. AgResearch has found sheep known as ‘felting lustre mutants’ have a radical change in wool structure and properties which can be tied to specific protein changes.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “ON the back of an extraordinary lamb and sheep meat prices, Merino wethers are becoming an unlikely hero in producers’ enterprises.
Following in the entire sheep market’s upward trajectory, Merino wethers are receiving some of the hottest competition at saleyards across the country.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “Puns aside, last week’s World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill were sheer brilliance.
It has been widely lauded as the best event in the championship’s 40-year history, with ILT Stadium Southland – dubbed the $40million shearing shed – a most spectacular venue.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “DESIGNER Nicola Mason is hoping a price rise for superfine wool will lead more growers to the industry.
Nicola is a founder of Tasmania’s Smitten Merino, along with husband Carl, and says she is facing higher production costs for her garments, but is pleased to see growers getting a better price.”