STOCK & LAND – by Kristen Frost – “The Great Southern Supreme Merino ram sale produced the best result in years when the first ram of the sale was knocked down for $21,000 in Canberra this week.”
INSTYLE – by Eric Wilson – “At Monday night’s finale of the International Woolmark Prize, held this year in Paris during Couture Fashion Week, designer Gabriela Hearst was clearly in it to win it. The New York-based designer, representing the United States amid a wide field of international talents, was wearing a Merino wool sweater of her own design that depicted a diagram of woman’s ovaries and uterus that had been abstracted to also look like a ram’s heads.”
GEAR JUNKIE – “Based in New Zealand, Icebreaker is a top supplier of performance-wool products and an originator in the modern merino era. We talked with the brand about trends, recent developments, and the future of wool in the outdoors and beyond.”
RAGTRADER – “Victoria Beckham has found a winner.
Gabriela Hearst has been announced as the womenswear winner of the International Woolmark Prize 2016/17.
Woolmark is a trademark owned by Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI).”
TRI-STATE LIVESTOCK NEWS (US) – “The nation’s best sheep shearers and wool handlers are headed to New Zealand next month to compete in the Golden Shears World Shearing and Wool Handling Championship.
Five Americans: Loren Opstedahl, Piedmont, S.D., Leann Brimmer, Biddle, Mont., Alex Moser, Lester, Iowa, Kevin Ford, Charlemont, Mass., and Maggie Passino, Scottsville, Virginia will represent the U.S. at the world championships.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Cottweiler and Gabriela Hearst have been announced the winners of the menswear and womenswear 2016/2017 International Woolmark Prize (IWP), presented at a special event in Paris. This year, the menswear and womenswear awards were held together for the first time. The award was judged by a highly esteemed panel of judged for menswear and womenswear.”
SUNRAYSIA DAILY – “AGRICULTURE Victoria will hold workshops in the Loddon-Mallee region next month to assist sheep and goat producers with the adoption of electronic identification.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “THE world’s best at whipping the wool off of sheep won’t be the only stars at the World Shearing and Wool Handling Championships next month.
The event, being hosted by the New Zealand city of Invercargill in February, will also showcase more than 4000 Romneys.”
NEWS.COM.AU – “Ruralco (ASX: RHL) had positive trading conditions across most of its businesses in the three months to December 31, 2016, which were well received with the company’s shares hitting a high of $2.96 in the first 15 minutes of trading this morning, representing an increase of more than 7%.”
NZ FARMER – by Brittany Pickett – “Central Otago 11-year-old Charis Morrell will represent Switzerland in the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill next month.
Morrell may be young, but she has grown up with a family of champion shearers and woolhandlers, as the daughter of former New Zealand shearer Dion Morrell, and Swiss-born Gabriela Schmidt-Morrell.”