THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “PERFORMANCE testing and breeding for predictability are two of the keys to success for the Close family from Culla in western Victoria.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Matilda Scott, Conara, Tasmania, has been awarded the 2018 Golden Stencil, as a part of the AWEX/TAFE National Graduate Wool Classer Competition, held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.”
ABC NEWS – by Brooke Neindorf – “Following on the successful paddock-to-plate concept, wool producers in the Barossa Valley are using a farm-to-fashion approach so consumers know where their wool comes from.
South Australia’s Barossa Valley is well known for its wine, food and tourism, but it is not uncommon to see sheep grazing between the vineyards.”
STUFF – THE PRESS – by Chris Hutching – “Carpet maker Cavalier Corporation says its revamping its export focus and product range after a return to profit following two years of factory closures and restructuring.
The developments come after weathering a difficult last year when chief executive Paul Alston warned of breaching bank covenants if the wool market didn’t improve.”
NEWS.COM.AU – by Rourke Walsh – “WA sheep farmers are considering high-tech security upgrades to help monitor their flocks after a spate of thefts left some farmers tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket.
The crime spike has been felt across farming districts and comes on the back of near-record prices for meat and wool that have seen the value of sheep soar.”
BOMBALA TIMES – “EY has been appointed by the Federal Government to conduct an independent review of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI). The review is now open for submissions, closing on May 4, 2018. Submissions can be made via the webpage: www2.srnet.com.au/SE/1/AWIReview
The review is being led by Andrew Metcalfe AO, EY Federal Government Lead Partner, EY Australia, in accordance with the terms of reference outlined by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.”
ABC – TAS COUNTRY HOUR – with Tony Briscoe – “Wool markets across the world are increasingly demanding high standards for animal welfare when purchasing fleece.
Stuart Adams from the Textile Exchange says clothing brands globally are demanding more sustainable ethically sourced wool.”
INSIDE FUTURES – by Andrew Hecht of Dynamic Commodities – “Australia is a country that has incredible reserves of natural resources as well as fertile soil and weather conditions that make it a significant commodities producer.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “THE largest pastoral shearing operation in Australia, Rawlinna station, has pushed through about 64,000 head of Merinos in the past 10 weeks for a total wool clip of 1500 bales.
With wool prices fetching record highs, the 1500 bales of 22-23 micron adult wool clip and the 19-19.5 micron for younger sheep, which they usually grow, are expected to return about $3 million.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “The Ogden family know first-hand the value of the Royal Children’s Hospital, so for the last five years have donated the proceeds of a pen of lambs to the charity.”