DAILY MAIL – by Clemmie Moodie, Associate Showbiz editor for The Daily Mail – “At nearly 15 and a half stone, she is, perhaps, a tad meatier than some of her glamorous predecessors.
But Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, Alexa Chung, Emma Thompson and Helen Mirren have a new co-star in their midst – Amy the sheep.
The 7-year-old – 56 in sheep years – has become the most in-demand woolly creature in Britain after landing a plum role in a new M&S wool campaign advert, and securing an audition for a forthcoming ITV two-parter.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Shearing Sports New Zealand – “War memorial hall becomes a shearing in world champs prelude
Organisers of the Otago Shears which start tomorrow (Friday) are bringing in extra sheep to cope with increased entries in the final shakedown before next week’s World championships in Invercargill.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Love is in the air at Australian Wool Network (AWN) as the nation’s largest independent wool broker launches a series of video stories as part of a digital marketing campaign.”
THE BORDER MAIL – “THE mutton market is set to propel to new heights this year as strong wool and lamb prices put a squeeze on cast-for-age ewe numbers.
Mutton prices have rallied to six-year highs with a dramatic 145 cent a kilogram carcase weight climb on year-ago levels, the upshot of tight supply and solid demand.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: NZ Wool Services International Ltd – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s CEO Mr John Dawson reports that market conditions remain unchanged with the strong NZ dollar, Chinese inactivity and hand to mouth demand from elsewhere, combined with higher seasonal wool flows, undermining wool values.”
ABC NEWS – by Stephen Letts – “A huge rebound in commodity exports has delivered a record trade surplus of $3.5 billion in December. The surplus expanded by 72 per cent on the upwardly revised $2 billion reported in November, which broke the sequence of 30 consecutive months of deficits”
BORDER CHRONICLE – “For the first time ever, Māori Television is hosting a livestream of the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championship 2017, bringing the heart of rural Aotearoa to Australian and global digital screens.”
SMARTCOMPANY.COM.AU – by Dominic Powell – “Online clothing retailer InStitchu has launched its first bricks-and-mortar location outside Australia and New Zealand as demand from international shoppers continues to drive the brand’s growth.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP producers have until the end of the month to contribute to the latest wool and sheep meat industry survey to help monitor flock and producer intentions.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “SHEEP CRC’S DNA Flock Profile test has been successfully road-tested by the Peter Westblade Merino Memorial Challenge in the lead-up to its commercial release this year.”