THE GUARDIAN – “As demand for all-wool shoes grows, a number of US footwear brands are heading directly to the source: the sheep pastures of New Zealand. With a population of 4.6 million people and 29.5 million sheep, New Zealand has roughly six sheep for every person. And now, the wooly beasts are helping drive a new movement: farm-to-foot.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “A FRESH approach to selling wool has allowed one company to sell the fibre as more than a commodity.
The success of the NZ Merino Company was outlined at the Lambex conference in Albury this month where global partnerships manager Dave Maslen told producers they needed to deliver what they promised if they wanted repeat buyers.”
FINANCIAL REVIEW – by Fiona Carruthers – “He might dress the stars, from First Lady Michelle Obama to actors Diane Kruger and Julianne Moore, plus drag queen RuPaul. But on this occasion, zeitgeist New York designer Jason Wu is in a different kind of rarefied atmosphere. And he isn’t entirely comfortable.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 26 August 2016 (Week 8)
STOCK & LAND – by Jeanette Severs – “Dual-purpose Merino sheep have established their place in Australia, with the best breeders successfully combining meat and wool genetics.
The dual-purpose breed is well represented among the six studs offering 167 rams at the Gippsland Merino Stud Breeders annual sale on Tuesday, September 6, at Bairnsdale aerodrome.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release NZWSI Weekly Wool Market Report – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s C.E.O Mr John Dawson reports that the South Island selection comprising a wide range of wool types with Merino, Mid Micron and Crossbreds saw varied support determined by targeted buying with an all over firm result.
Of the 6000 bales on offer, 79 percent sold. The weighted indicator for the main trading currency’s was up[ 0.79 percent.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “FARMERS will not bear the financial brunt of Victoria’s move to mandatory electronic sheep identification, Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford says.
Ms Pulford has sought to hose down industry and politician claims that producers will be forced to pay for the Government’s bold plan that requires all sheep and goats born in Victoria from January 1 next year to have an electronic identification tag affixed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “FIVE rams sold to overseas buyers at the National Merino Ram Sale in Dubbo, NSW, today.
Overall, 65 rams sold at auction from 84 offered for an average of $6342.
The top price ram was sold by Towalba stud from Peak Hill, NSW, for $30,000 to Leleque Merino stud from Argentina.”
ABC RURAL – by Margot Foster – “Every day Fiona Hume jumps in the ute with her sheepdog Flirt and does the rounds of the property Arundel, in Tasmania’s Derwent Valley.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Taylor Jurd – “Entries for the inaugural Rabobank National Merino Sheep Show and Sale Farm Expo photo competition exceeded the committee’s expectations. There were close to 90 entries at the first-ever photo competition, with budding photographers from all over the state showcasing their finest works.”