OUTSIDE ON LINE – by Megan Michelson – “The outdoor apparel brand just released a new wool standard to ensure the natural fiber comes from suppliers that don’t mistreat their sheep.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “MORE lambs are expected to be sold this spring, however the favourable season should help support prices by giving producers better control and finishing options.
The latest industry forecast, released on Monday by Meat and Livestock Australia, is for an extra 12 per cent of lambs to be sold between July and October compared to the same period last year.
It stems from information gathered in the latest wool and sheepmeat survey, which was completed in June.”
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THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola bell – “THE NSW Farmers’ Association wants the National Wool Declaration document made mandatory.
And the industry’s peak body, WoolProducers Australia, agrees, having changed its policy earlier this year to reflect a move to a mandatory document.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “Keeyuga Pastoral Company has been sourcing Merino rams from a north-east Victorian stud for some 20 years.
Manager Hugh Thomson said they ran more than 7000 Merino breeding ewes and 850 first-cross ewes and a small number of cattle on more than 3238 hecatres of owned and share-farmed land at Glenaroua and Ruffy.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – Countryman – “With Lifetime Ewe Management course graduates reaping an average on-farm lamb marking increase of 15 per cent, more WA sheep producers are registering their interest.
A group of South West producers toured each other’s farms last week, looking at ewe condition score and pastures as a part of the national LTEM program.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL art was celebrated in the Hamilton Art Gallery this week in a prelude to the annual two day Sheepvention expo in the western Victorian city – known as the wool capital of the world.”
THE DURANGO TELEGRAPH (US) – by Joy Martin – “The unsung hero of blister prevention has arrived stateside, and leading the reform-in-your-shoes is Durango-based entrepreneur Jill Schuman. Her wonder wool product, called eNZees Foot Soother, is fit for the soles of kings and the toes of outdoor recreationists and mall walkers alike.”
JUST-STYLE – by Leonie Barrie – “Nearly a year after deciding to re-build its wool programme after an investigation exposed “extreme cruelty” at one of its main suppliers, US outdoor brand Patagonia has developed its own wool standard.”
NZ FARMER – “Wool prices turned a corner to come off their lows across all categories at the Christchurch wool sale on Thursday.
After a month of uncertainty, wool agents credited the increase to limited volumes, renewed export inquires and a softer dollar as well as a top offering of pre lamb crossbred and second shear fleece.”