SHEEP CENTRAL – “ONLINE wool seller Wooltrade had a quiet week of trading last week after the physical wool market consolidated. Wooltrade market operations supervisor Tom Rookyard said 79 bales were sold online as the wool market consolidated for the third consecutive week.”
BG FASHION – “Retailers threw their support behind Australia’s annual Wool Week to coincide with the start of the mid-winter retail season. The initiative was part of the Campaign for Wool, which aims to educate consumers about the natural benefits of wool and increase sales of wool products.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – ” The Paterson family, of Gimmerburn, have won the Clip of the Year title at the Otago Merino Association’s merino excellence awards.
Simon and Sarah, and Allan and Eris Paterson received the award at a function in Queenstown on Friday night, after winning the stud flock category.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul – “MORE than 140 students from across Australia, including 19 from WA, enjoyed an introduction to the wool industry in Sydney last week, through the National Merino Challenge (NMC).
The NMC is an initiative of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and is designed to allow young people to engage with the Merino industry by developing their knowledge, skills and networks, and involves presentations and demonstrations from industry professionals.”
RAGTRADER – “”Skin irritation from any fibre type largely relates to the mean diameter of fibres.”
Recent research has found that wearing superfine Merino wool is generally tolerable for eczema sufferers and may actually help in the management of eczema in young children, challenging the belief of lay and medical communities.
Associate Professor John Su, spoke about his new study at The Australasian College of Dermatologists’ (ACD) Annual Scientific Meeting in Perth earlier this week.”
NEW ZEALAND LISTENER – by Bernard Lagan – “As the 1500km Darling River dries up, a parched landscape and dwindling population are left behind. Off a barren red-rutted road beyond Broken Hill, a weathered iron sign fashioned into a low arch flashed by. Sunset Strip. I sped on, across the semi-desert, wrestling with curiosity. The Strip won.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL fashion on the field will feature at the Agriculture” Heart of Victoria gala dinner at Melbourne’s Central Pier Docklands on June 9. The dinner will be opened with the latest wool styles in fashion and on the football field, presented by Australian Wool Innovation. The dinner will follow the AgriVictoria – State of Opportunity Summit at Melbourne’s Park Hyatt.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales – “Apart from the blaring music, the electric handpieces and the many female shed workers, it could be a re-enactment of Tom Roberts’s most famous pastoral painting, Shearing the Rams.
But something else is different.
Most of the shearing team have New Zealand accents, sport tribal tattoos and are of Maori heritage, including 280-sheep-a-day shearer Lee Brown and his half-brother Kepa.”
THE AGE – by Aisha Dow – “For unexpected sights in Melbourne, this could take the cake.
A woolly sheep strolling along Flinders Street on a lead, as if it were a dog being taken for a walk.
Jackie Chan the merino ram is a regular visitor to the city, where he leaves a trail of bemused witnesses.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices held firm this week as the $A-US exchange rate favoured buyers and demand focussed on high tensile strength and better-yielding, fleece and oddment lines.”