THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “A CONCERN about dry seasonal conditions and the hope of reasonable prices prompted a bigger than average sell off of sheep an lambs at Wagga on Thursday.
Vendors sold a total of 41,150 lambs and 12,000 sheep in the massive yarding.”
PARKES CHAMPION POST – “Darriwell Stud in Trundle achieved outstanding results at the Sydney Royal Easter Show. They included:
August shorn merino sheep, medium wool – champion medium wool August shorn merino ewe.
August shorn poll merino sheep – fine wool – champion fine wool August shorn poll merino ram…”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WOOL prices surged this week as buyers paid more than $64.3 million to secure supplies as the 85th International Wool Textile Organisation Congress was held in Sydney.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION LIMITED “Australian Wool auctions recommenced after a short one week recess to hugely positive movements in wool values. All of the Merino fleece sector was under extreme demand pressure from the opening lot of selling at Sydney on Tuesday….”
ABC RURAL – by Laurissa Smith, Michael Cavanagh, Amanda Copp and Michael Condon – “More than 400 people converged on Sydney this week to discuss the latest wool trends, innovations and what the future will bring for the industry.
Wool production is at a 70 year low globally, but is still out-performing most other commodities.”
BBC NEWS – Leeds & West Yorkshire – “An animal rights group starts a campaign in West Yorkshire because the region was once the “wool capital of the world”.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has placed adverts, showing an abandoned shorn sheep, on billboards in Wakefield and Halifax.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Lynda van Kempen – ” People to steer WoolOn as a solo event will be rounded up into a mob at a meeting in Alexandra tonight.
The first meeting of the WoolOn Creative Fashion Event Society Incorporated will be held at Centennial Court at 7pm. “
FIBRE 2 FASHION – “Marks & Spencer (M&S), a major UK based multinational retailer with more than 850 stores across the country, is by far the largest UK retailer in terms of wool usage, according to Marc Bolland, CEO of M&S.
In the UK, the company has a 9.0 per cent share of the womenswear market and 10.8 per cent share of the menswear market, with a significant amount of the apparel being made from wool.
In 2014-15, the company used 1.5 million metres of wool or wool blend cloth, which is forecast to rise to 1.7 million metres in 2015-16. In 2014-15, it sold 1 million units of wool or wool blend knitwear.”
YNFX YARNS & FIBERS NEWS BUREAU – “At the conference held in Sydney Australia this week to discuss the latest wool trands, innovation and what the future will bring for the industry, a large contingent of Chinese delegates as well as buyers and sellers from all over the world, including Argentina, Uruguay, Italy and New Zealand were in Sydney.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale – “GLOBAL wool prices outperformed other commodities in the last 12 months, despite subdued retail sales in the northern hemisphere.
At the 85th International Wool Textile Organisations, held in Sydney, National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia chief executive Chris Wilcox explained lower stock reserves in Europe and China could bolster demand for Australian wool.”