INNOVATION IN TEXTILES – Duluth, GA – “As merino wool blends with performance synthetics have found favour among outdoor enthusiasts in base layer brands this season, WoolVisions by CoolVisions is gaining recognition as a fabric blend that that could help offer superior performance to merino wool alone.”
BORDER CHRONICLE – by Catherine Miller – “GUN Willalooka shearer Shannon Warnest is in the form of his life, hoping to clinch a third world championship next month.
On Sunday, he heads to New Zealand for the World Shearing & Wool Handling Championships in Invercargill from February 8 to 11.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sarah Hudson – “A CURSORY snapshot of Stuart and Anja Croft’s sheep property at Heywood in southwest Victoria would suggest they are top performing graziers.
When Stuart returned to run the property two decades ago it was 680ha.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – ” PRICES couldn’t maintain their rush skywards in what was a shorter selling week for the wool market because of Australia Day.
The Eastern Market Indicator finished the week at 1412c/kg, down 27c/kg, which led to a much higher pass-in rate of more than 13 per cent.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – by Samuel White – “Some of the world’s best will converge in Balclutha this weekend for the Otago Shearing and Woolhandling Championships.
Shearing Sports New Zealand South Island committee chairman Michael Hogan anticipated about 220 shearing and woolhandling competitors would travel to Balclutha for the championship events to be held on Friday and Saturday.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – ” MORE producers need to fill out the National Wool Declaration, according to industry.
And while there have been calls to mandate the document, it does not look likely it will happen.
The Australian Wool Exchange industry services advisory committee has just completed its yearly review of the NWD and will present its recommendations to the board at its next meeting later this month.”
STOCK & LAND – “THE Peter Westblade Merino Memorial Challenge (PWMMC) is said to have proven the accuracy of the new DNA Flock Profiler Test under development by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep CRC.”
WEST COAST SENTINEL – by Catherine Miller – “SOUTH Australia’s fine woolgrowers are celebrating their best returns in at least five years, receiving $2000 to $2400 a bale.
The Eastern Market Indicator recently hit a record 1079 cents a kilogram, largely driven by rises in the 18 micron and below categories.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stephen Burns – “The reputation of the Great Southern Supreme Merino (GSSM) show in Canberra as one of the premier events showcasing outstanding Merino and Poll Merino sheep drew entries from across NSW, along with Victoria, SA and WA.”
The Sheep Deer and Cattle Report: Wool prices continue to fall with big discounts for poorer quality lots (NZ)
INTEREST.CO.NZ – “…WOOL
Last week’s combined island auction again found new lows for crossbred wool, and prices are now back to levels last seen seven years ago.
Poorer quality wools have been heavily discounted and those with product poorly prepared and stained with rain received considerably less than well presented lines….”