ABC NEWS – RURAL – “The Federal Government’s move to scrap the 457 visa for skilled foreign workers has raised concerns about a lift in costs and red tape among several food and fibre-based industries…. Goat, deer and turf farmers, shearers, wool buyers and classers, stock and station agents, butchers and small goods makers, horse trainers and jockeys — they are all slated to be cut from the list of eligible positions under two new foreign skilled workers visa programs…”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – “… According to the National Livestock Reporting Service lamb numbers lifted and the quality was mixed. Each Agent had a small run of good trade and heavy lambs but quality slipped quickly. Store lambs lacking cover were best supplied and restockers were active on most weights.”
STOCK & LAND – by Rochelle Kirkham – “THOUSANDS of sheep have been found dead at a Clunes property after last weekend’s wild weather. Heavy rains and plummeting temperatures last Sunday are believed to be responsible for the death of the stock at Beckworth Court, one of the largest sheep stations in the region.”
NEWS.CN – ASIA & PACIFIC EDITION – by Will Koulouris – “The Sydney Royal Easter Show will end its two-week run on Wednesday, with record numbers having flocked to the show at the showground at Sydney’s Olympic Park.
The show primarily serves as a showcase for Australian primary industries, and since its first iteration in 1823, has boosted not only awareness for domestic agriculture, but also served as a means of broadcasting the quality of Australian produce around the globe.”
WARWICK DAILY NEWS – by Sophie Lester – “SOME of Warwick’s most passionate history buffs have been preparing for an exhibit showcasing sheep and shearing on the Southern Downs.
The Heritage Festival display On the Sheep’s Back at Pringle Cottage Museum is a testament to the district’s wool industry.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – Opinion – “… A new wool story coming to light is a from a company called Lanaco (previously known as Texus Fibres). It is using New Zealand wool to develop sustainable air filters, initially for face masks, using wool’s natural properties and clever science to manufacture the filters.
The moisture-absorbing and breathing properties of wool fibres mean the masks are easier to breathe through and minimise bacterial load compared with synthetic filters. That may not sound so exciting for a New Zealand consumer, but for a consumer living in air-polluted Beijing it’s a pretty exciting proposition.”
WWD.COM – by Paty Huntington – “Seven designers from Sydney and Melbourne are to be promoted as part of the Italian men’s wear trade show’s guest nation program… “The Guest Nation project is a great initiative by Fondazione Pitti Discovery as a way of highlighting regional talent,” said The Woolmark Co. managing director Stuart McCullough. “The selection of Australia this year is an acknowledgement of the impact the Australian fashion industry is having at a global level. Having these young talents present wool throughout their collections also reaffirms the versatility of wool.”
ECO BUSINESS – by Ping Manongdo – “Mongolia’s punishing winters see temperatures falling to 30 degrees below zero, making home insulation a must-have. Here’s how an EU-funded initiative is providing an alternative to imported and unsustainable materials that Mongolians use today.”
Ian and Lorraine Hills smash the competition at the Royal Easter Show, putting Guyra-grown Merino fleece on the map
THE GUYRA ARGUS – by Rachel Baxter – “Woolgrowers Lorraine and Ian Hills have achieved their life-long dream of putting Guyra-grown Merino Wool on the map at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Up against the-best-of-the-best, the pair won Most Successful Merino Fleece Exhibitor after smashing the competition and taking out six champion ribbons and plenty of first, second and third in the section.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “REGIONAL Australia will keep its existing concessions for employing overseas workers, as the Turnbull Government scraps the 457 visa regime.”