FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AN exclusive long-term contract has whet the appetite of a European fabric maker who is appealing to the very best Australian superfine woolgrowers to partner with them to help feed the growing demand for luxury and active wear fabrics.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “A bunch of fine-wool growers will be well suited for a modelling career should they ever choose to trade in their merino sheep.
Yesterday, the farmers gathered at Happy Valley Station, near Bannockburn, to show off their new bespoke suits provided by Japanese suit maker Nikke Group.
While the beautifully tailored garments might have looked a little unusual among the rural surroundings, their new owners were thrilled with the gesture — and their new threads.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Roger Hanson – “AFTER years of working in shearing sheds a Tasmanian woolhandler has been rewarded with the national champion crown.
More than 2000 sheep passed across the boards during this year’s national shearing and woolhandling champ-ionships held as part of the Bendigo agricultural show.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jim Gall – “THE recent “Man in the Mirror” scandal featuring Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has created a trust issue with market research, leading many organisations to rethink their increasingly pervasive farmer research strategies and techniques.”
NEWS.COM.AU – TASMANIA – Roger Hanson – “AFTER years of working in shearing sheds, a Tasmanian wool handler has been rewarded with the national champion crown. More than 2000 sheep passed across the boards during this year’s national shearing and wool-handling championships, held as part of the Bendigo Agricultural show.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – “Ray White Rural WA directors Robert Chittick and Hugh Ness (right), and Westcoast Wool & Livestock manager Brad Faithfull, are looking forward to strengthening their services to the State’s rural industry under a new alliance formed between the companies.
Westcoast Wool & Livestock has formed an alliance with Ray White Rural WA, strengthening the services offered by both companies.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Former World Federation of Merino Breeders president Glen Keamy, Bolgart woolgrowers Sue Ludemann, Geoff Ludemann, and Edward Ludemann, and Primaries Wool senior auctioneer Terry Winfield. Picture: Cally Dupe
Fetching their highest wool price of 1503c/kg greasy was a welcome reward after months of feeding sheep for one Bolgart family.
Sue, Geoff and their son Edward Ludemann made the journey to Perth last Thursday to watch their wool fetch prices of between 1100c/kg and 11503c/kg greasy at the Western Wool Centre.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Sjanna Sandalova – “The practice of mulesing has been at the centre of debate since 2004, when a promise by the Australian wool industry to phase it out was overruled.
Mulesing is the controversial practice in which farmers cut away skin from the breech of a sheep to prevent flystrike.
However, the surgical procedure has been dubbed cruel by animal rights activists.
Local wool grower David Thompson stopped mulesing 14 years ago, but says there is very little commercial reason for farmers to stop.”
THE ARARAT ADVERTISER – “AUSTRALIA is gearing up to celebrate one of its most culturally, economically and historically important sectors – agriculture. “
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Australian Wool Innovation has come in for more strife, this time over claims its plans for forming a Wool Exchange Portal have been met with industry unity.
The WEP was commissioned by AWI via an independent Wool Selling Systems Review panel to assist woolgrowers in making informed and suitable decisions about their wool.”