AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Beyond the Bale
THE GUARDIAN – by Calla Wahlquist – “Police in Victoria are investigating a wool-swap scam that involves high-value wool exported to China being replaced by inferior product worth a 12th of the price.
Wool growers have labelled the perpetrators “idiots”, saying the swap would be instantly obvious to anyone who opened the bales.”
CROOKWELL GAZETTE – by Kate Dowler – “POLL Dorset studs from NSW dominated the Royal Melbourne Show interbreed sheep showing at the weekend.
The Frost family’s Hillden Poll Dorset stud, Bannister, took out the interbreed champion ram gong, while champion ewe was awarded to Valley Vista Poll Dorset stud, Coolac NSW.”
Someone stole nearly $40,000 of expensive Australian wool bound for China by swapping it with a cheap substitute
BUSINESS INSIDER AUSTRALIA – by Simon Thomsen – “Victorian police are investigating theft of 18 bales of high equality wool, worth around $2000 each, from a Melbourne warehous.
Thieves substituted cheaper quality fleece, worth around a 10th of the price, for the high value wool in the original bales. The swap is believed to have happened since May 2017 after the original fleece was inspected and tested and was only discovered by buyers in China after the wool had been exported.”
FIBRE 2 FASHION – “Continuing in Stella McCartney’s dedication to sustainability and circular economy, the brand has been given a Cradle to Cradle Certified Gold level certification for its wool yarn by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, a fashion industry first. Through the certification, Stella McCartney takes commitment to sustainable design into action.”
ABC NEWS – by Elias Clure – “Victoria Police are investigating the theft of several expensive wool bales which they say could damage the reputation of the Australian export industry.
The investigation began after a number of wool brokers reported that they had been robbed.
It is believed the thefts, which have been occurring since May of this year, involve a sneaky manoeuvre where high-value wool was removed from the original bales and replaced with a significantly cheaper product.”
THE MURRAY VALLEY STANDARD – by Emmalie Balnaves-Gale – “From her family farm in the heart of Meningie, Belinda Watson is preparing to showcase her boutique fashion label Binny at the Adelaide Fashion Festival next week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “VICTORIA Police today asked for wool industry help to find those responsible for the substitution of Merino fleece lines valued at tens of thousands of dollars in export consignments.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Late in the week, strong troughs combined to produce very heavy rain in the Wide Bay and Burnett districts in Queensland. Cold fronts brought moderate to heavy falls along Western Australia’s South Coast; also in western Tasmania.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “THE latest online wool and sheep meat survey from Meat & Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation is now open until October 31 2017.”