SHEEP CENTRAL – “SUPERFINE wool growers will sample the finest in sheep genetics and Henty region wine before their annual re-union dinner in Hamilton, Victoria, next month.”
SHEPPARTON NEWS – by Yarrawonga Chronicle – “The Lions Club of Yarrawonga has donated the proceeds of their annual Wool Show to the Yarrawonga & Mulwala Agricultural Show Society.
At the presentation Lion Ollie Tufvesson addressed the show committee meeting informing those present of the history of the Wool Show and how it depended on the generosity of the local wool growers.”
ABC RADIO NATIONAL – Presented by Fran Kelly – “Farmers are putting their heads together to look at ways of growing sheep numbers after a massive decline in the national flock since the 90s.” AUDIO
RNZ – by Alexa Cook, Rural Reporter – “The New Zealand wool market is being hit by a change in Chinese fashion to finer-fibre wools, New Zealand Wool Services International says. China usually buys about 60 percent of New Zealand’s wool but over the past six months there has been a rapid drop in demand and value, with the industry saying China was now taking only about 30 percent of the clip.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Glynis Traill-Nash – “The International Woolmark Prize has almost doubled its cash awards to offer the world’s biggest total prize pool for emerging fashion talent.
When the winners in men’s and women’s wear categories are announced early next year, the two designers will each be handed a cheque for $200,000, twice the previous amount.”
GUIDE2 – Contributor Fuseworks Media – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that the 6,150 bales on offer from the North Island saw an 70 percent clearance with slightly easier levels compared to the last comparable North Island auction.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – “DESPITE waiting for well-needed rain at their properties in South Australia, Kevin and Chris Whenan are reaping the rewards of a good season and increasing wool prices.
The father-son-duo sold more than 200 bales at the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne earlier this month on the back of a “solid season” at their Port Augusta property where they run about 12,000 Merino ewes and crossbred lambs.”
NZ FARMER – by Brittany Pickett and Tim Cronshaw – “Woolsheds are filling up with unsold bales, with some farmers holding onto their wool in hopes a low market will rebound.
PGG Wrightson general manager of wool Cedric Bayley said the crossbred wool market had become extremely fragile since the Chinese market had effectively closed down.
The Chinese had previously bought about 50 per cent of the New Zealand clip. Chinese purchases had reduced to a low of about 30 per cent, and were now back up to 35-40 per cent, he said.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “INSPIRATION rather than retaliation was the motive for a one-woman photographic tour of 16 working WA wool sheds to document the story of what happens with wool.
Professional photographer and wool classer Chantel McAlister – she recently qualified as a master classer – admitted her The Truth About Wool campaign could easily be misconstrued as a promotional counter punch to controversial People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) campaigns.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Stuart Armitage, QFF President – “It is no secret that Queensland’s agricultural sector has a reliance on international labour and workers, particularly during peak seasonal demands when labour is difficult to access. It is also no secret the often unfortunate reasons behind why many in our sector cannot attract of the required talent to fill the required roles.
The Federal Government recently announced it was scrapping the 457 visa class and replacing it with two new visa classes – a short term two-year visa and a medium term four-year visa with different occupations in each class. “