CABINET MAKER FURNITURE INDUSTRY NEWS – “Luxury bed manufacturer Harrison Spinks has announced the addition of a rare breed of sheep to its flock, which will potentially be used in a new, limited edition mattress.
The company has introduced a flock of 23 Wensleydale sheep with the intention of using their sumptuous wool as a filling in its luxury mattresses, whilst also helping to protect the breed, which has significantly declined in numbers over the years.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “THE Australian Wool Innovation board pocketed almost $650,000 in the past financial year.
And of the $79.3 million collected in levies, $76.6 million was spent on projects, marketing and administration.
Wool growers will this week receive the annual report from Australian Wool Innovation, which was posted on Monday.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie=Lee Oldfield – “MERINO wool achieved price increases across most microns again last week, with the Eastern Market Indicator finishing up 13c/kg.
The EMI closed on 1331c/kg, nearly 130c/kg above the same time last year.
Australian Wool Network auctioneer Kelvin Shelley said there was strong support for oddments, which rose 20c/kg to 30c/kg.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “A BUOYANT wool market, improving lamb returns and significant rain across much of eastern Australia are arresting a decline in sheep numbers across the nation.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES by Sally Rae – “You are going to be the rock stars for the future consumers,” New Zealand Merino chief executive John Brakenridge told about 100 merino growers in Omarama yesterday”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “VICTORIA’S largest sheep saleyard has offered to trial electronic tag scanning technology.
Ballarat saleyards, the third largest in the eastern states, had a throughput of 1.4 million sheep in 2015-16.
Ballarat saleyards manager Jonathan Crilly said this volume would make mandatory scanning of sheep tags a major transition.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Gylnis Traill-Nash – “Buzz does love to meet people who are passionate about their work, so it was a treat to meet Suket Dhir in Sydney this week, as he launches his winning Woolmark collection of menswear into David Jones. The Indian designer is currently on a global tour of his new international stockists that formed part of the prize, one of the biggest outcomes of the award.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “MICHAEL Craig is a stickler for details.
In fact, there’s hardly a thing on his 4200ha mixed sheep, beef and cropping farm at Harrow, in Victoria’s Western District, that hasn’t been measured, monitored or scrutinised.”
ABC RURAL – WA Country Hour – “A perfect storm of strong wool and sheep prices is swaying some Western Australian farmers away from cropping, and back towards sheep.
The WA sheep flock dropped sharply after peaking at over 38 million in 1990, and current figures show that total nudging back towards 15 million.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – “…Auctions in both Islands attracted good support, despite the firmer currency. Tight supply and more interest from China, especially for quick shipment, underpinned the demand.”