FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “MOVES into garment manufacture by vertically-integrated broker Australian Wool Network (AWN) will open up new markets for WA woolgrowers before the end of this season.”
YORKSHIRE POST – by Lindsay Pantry – “STEP back in time 100 years ago, and towns and cities across the West Riding and Yorkshire would have been smoke stained from the fumes of hundreds, if not thousands, of woollen mills.”
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Andrew Miller – “Climate change was real, to Loddon mixed farmers, the Hooke family, who run three properties Willera, Serpentine Park and Sangus Creek.
The operation, cropping, wool and prime lambs – on the Loddon River floodplain north of Bendigo – was run by brothers Karl and Will Hooke, with assistance from their father Robert.”
STOCK & LAND – by Jeanette Severs – “There are three generations of wool growers involved in the Robbins’ family farm at Meerlieu – Peter and Judith Robbins, their daughter Nicolle and grandson Angus Roberts.”
WWD – by Jessica Iredale – “He’s been named a Woolmark ambassador.
Jason Wu has signed on as an ambassador for the Woolmark Company. Part of the gig included judging the Australian and American portions of this year’s Woolmark Prize, and Wu also has to find ways to incorporate Australian merino wool, which is what the trade group represents, into his own work. There are a few certified Woolmark pieces in Wu’s fall collection, but for spring, he’s working with the idea of cool wool.”
EARLY BIRD PAPER – by Ryan Berry – “GREENVILLE – Being in farm country, most of us know by now where the wool sweater sitting in your closet got its start. For those of you still pondering the statement – it got its start on a farm on the back of sheep. Getting the sheep to give up its furry coat may be the most difficult part of the entire process. It’s not as though the sheep will climb up into the barber’s chair and ask for a trim. For the shearer, it’s a lot of twisting, turning, bending, kneeling, and lifting while he/she tries to manage an uncooperative animal weighing between 150-200 pounds.”
THE EXPRESS TRIBUNE (Pakistan) – “Arsalan Iqbal recently competed in Woolmark Prize’s regionals in India. This being his first time, we talk to him about his brand, the philosophy behind his designs and the unforgettable experience of representing Pakistan.”
THE BORDER MAIL – by David Everist – “he Victorian government has been urged by an environmental mob to use aerial surveillance to keep an eye on land clearing activities by farmers. They say satellite images can be stored and then used to monitor in later years.”
IRISH EXAMINER – by Carol O’Callaghan – “Woollen blankets were abandoned long ago, but a new generation is rediscovering the luxury of wool, and the craftsmanship of our weavers. Carol O’Callaghan runs an appreciative hand over some of the latest creations.”
HERALD SUN – “SHE may be many times the little pup’s size but Tilly the sheep will soon learn who is boss when Enzo starts his new job as the resident sheepdog at Ballarat Wildlife Park.”