QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by David Mahilraj, Elders – “The Australian wool market gave back a fair chunk of last week’s gains but not all of it. An overdone effort last week, plus a stronger local currency this week contributed to the decline.”
JUST STYLE – by Leonie Barrie – “A novel dying process that uses green solvents, and the conversion of food waste into polyactic acid fibre (PLA) were just two of the award-winning initiatives presented by the Hong Kong Research Institute of Textiles and Apparel (HKRITA) at the world’s largest inventions event last weekend.”
NZ FARMER – by Jill Galloway – “Black and coloured wool is in demand with some breeders unable to keep up with the needs of spinners and weavers.
Black and Coloured Sheep Breeders Association (BCSBA) president Don Monk said younger people were joining older members of the group and spinning, carding and weaving the wool.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A DRONE has been used for the first time in a working woolshed to film star Melbourne Football Club midfielder Bernie Vince’s continued participation in Australian Wool Innovation’s Fibre of Football campaign.”
Radio NZ – by Gyles Beckford – “The quality of New Zealand merino wool and the way it’s produced will command a premium price in Europe, a Norwegian clothing firm says.
Devold, Norway’s equivalent to the local Icebreaker brand, makes high quality merino outdoor clothing and is sourcing some of its raw material from the Paterson family’s Armidale merino stud near Ranfurly in Central Otago.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL sale by description within a proposed Wool Exchange Portal would lead the industry on a path toward self-destruction, leading exporter Chris Kelly told growers at a recent sire evaluation field day in Victoria.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation chief executive officer Stuart McCullough has denied he has a personal agenda to institute digital disturbance in the industry through the proposed Wool Exchange Portal.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Beale – “DATA collated over a 50-year span of sheep production in NSW, Victoria and Tasmania reveals no sheep enterprise is superior.
NSW Department of Primary Industries technical specialist Phil Graham presented his research, 2015 Relative Sheep Enterprise Performance, during the Elders Balmoral Sire Evaluation field day in Victoria’s Western District recently where he said, contrary to popular belief, meat based enterprises were not always the most profitable.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “THE St George community will be out in force to support the 132nd St George Agricultural Show on the first Sunday in May.
Action and excitement will again fill the air in St George with another impressive line-up of entertainment on the cards.”
MANSFIELD COURIER – by David Mims – “ZACK Currie, formerly of Bonnie Doon, is among the ranks of young trainees taken on by Australia’s biggest independent wool broker to address the nation’s skills shortage.”