REUTERS – by Venus Wu and Giulia Segreti – “HONG KONG/BIELLA, Italy, Feb 14 (Reuters) – International textiles buyers are increasingly switching away from China, and back to Western suppliers, as rising labour, raw material and energy costs make the world’s dominant producer more expensive.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES (NZ) – “International textiles buyers are increasingly switching away from China, and back to Western suppliers, as rising labour, raw material and energy costs make the world’s dominant producer more expensive.
In Biella, a small town in the foothills of the Alps at the heart of northern Italy’s wool industry, factory owners say a narrowing price difference with China and demands for nimbler production nearer home are winning back higher-end customers.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “STRONG online enquiry for wool is continuing in line with general market demand, with more than 100 bales sold on Wooltrade this week.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook – “Research into the unusual straight and silky wool of mutant sheep is getting closer to revealing why it behaves differently to traditional sheep. AgResearch has found sheep known as ‘felting lustre mutants’ have a radical change in wool structure and properties which can be tied to specific protein changes.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “ON the back of an extraordinary lamb and sheep meat prices, Merino wethers are becoming an unlikely hero in producers’ enterprises.
Following in the entire sheep market’s upward trajectory, Merino wethers are receiving some of the hottest competition at saleyards across the country.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “Puns aside, last week’s World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill were sheer brilliance.
It has been widely lauded as the best event in the championship’s 40-year history, with ILT Stadium Southland – dubbed the $40million shearing shed – a most spectacular venue.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “DESIGNER Nicola Mason is hoping a price rise for superfine wool will lead more growers to the industry.
Nicola is a founder of Tasmania’s Smitten Merino, along with husband Carl, and says she is facing higher production costs for her garments, but is pleased to see growers getting a better price.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook – “John Kirkpatrick from Napier has claimed the individual world title for machine shearing for the first time. The World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships were held in Invercargill from Wednesday to Saturday and New Zealand triumphed on the final night.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “Local Land Services Western Region is advising sheep producers to be on the lookout and report signs of humpy back following a number of suspected cases in recent weeks.”
NZ HERALD – “Like all the young lads I went to boarding school with back in mid-seventies, the thing I looked forward to most on my 15th birthday was getting my driver’s license.
Rugby, girls and the prospect of beer, although a special part of our shallow social fabric, played second fiddle to the freedom a driver’s license afforded you.”