THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Good farming seasons have delivered country communities some of the biggest income gains in years, filling silos and wallets in parts of WA.
But many farmers are hesitant to head out and spend big, instead focusing on structuring their business and planning for the future.
Australian Taxation Office figures revealing taxable incomes per postcode for the 2014-15 financial year showed big gains in some parts of the grain belt.
The top 10 postcodes with the highest average growth, year on year, were all farming areas in the State. “
COWRA GUARDIAN – by Kristen Frost – “Lach River stud, owned by the Chalker family at Darby’s Falls, has taken the top award in this year’s Sydney Royal Merino show feature breed.
At only their second Sydney Royal, the medium/strong producing wool stud proved they are here for the long run, this year taking the grand champion strong wool ram title.”
BUSINESS DAY – STUFF.CO.NZ – by Madison Reidy – “Fashion designer Karen Walker has helped design a trendy air pollution face mask for Asian consumers struggling with ‘airpocalypse’.
Auckland mask maker Healthy Breath launched its first reusable mask, named Meo, on Wednesday.
The mask consists of a washable New Zealand wool filter made by Auckland manufacturer Lanaco, and eight interchangeable covers patterned with unisex designs by Walker.”
FASHION UNITED (India) – by Angela Gonzalez-Rodriguez – “Profitable farms, higher demand from local apparel producers and retailers, higher consumer’s confidence levels and a profitability rebound based on growing margins are the main reasons why wool and cotton fibres are enjoying historic highs.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – by Holly Ryan – “Auckland-based company Healthy Breath has partnered with designer Karen Walker to export its latest antipollution face mask, MEO.
The reusable mask has been designed using a replaceable filter made from a New Zealand wool blend and with interchangeable cover designs created by Walker.
The company is looking to tap into international markets, with Asian consumers spending more than $2 billion on face masks every year, and double digit sales growth in the products annually.”
DECCAN CHRONICLE – Geetha Jayaraman – “There are different strands to the story of the loom — from innovative and fabric development, to sustainable fashion. A group of 26 fashion designers and craftsmen have come together to celebrate the heritage and glory of Indian looms, in an initiative spearheaded by the Minister of textile Smriti Zubin Irani.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Peter Hunt – “ELECTRONIC identification of sheep and goats will cost Victorian producers, saleyards and abattoirs $17.9 million this year, rising to an annual ongoing cost of $24 million within three years.
That’s the findings of an independent regulatory impact statement into Victoria’s redrafted Livestock Disease Control regulations, put out for public comment last week.”
THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER – by Carolyn Millet – “A URALLA-area business is about to launch its retail website for what’s believed to be the world’s first machine-washable, ultrafine merino wool range for pregnant women and babies.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “Ongoing government support for the Queensland grazing fraternity’s efforts to protect its livestock and rebuild rural economies would be very welcome, especially in the face of two recent fencing material price rises, according to Augathella’s Glenn Roberts.”
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Wool producer Ross Quail is counting himself lucky after selling wool in early March when wool prices had reached one its recent peaks.
Mr Quail, of Woorndoo, north of Mortlake, gained 1661 cents a kilogram in Melbourne for a seven bale line of 17.7 micron merino wool.”