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.”
MONEY CONTROL – by Shruti Mishra – “Cool Wool – a special fabric launched by the Woolmark company that you can sport all year round. If you thought wool was all about keeping yourself warm in the winter, think again – Fashion is meeting innovation and the result is something known as cool wool – a special fabric launched by the Woolmark company that you can sport all year round.”
FINANCIAL REVIEW – by Jessica Sier – ” colourful celebration took place in Sydney on Monday night to honour the 53th Anniversary of the Ermenegildo Zegna Wool Awards, hosted by chairman Paolo Zegna and the Australian Woolmark Company.
The competition, open to Australian and New Zealand woolgrowers, judges extrafine wool by a strict criteria including fineness, style, strength and evenness.”
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “DAVID Rowbottom might have faced less gruelling challenges to get his golden fleece than the mythical team of Jason and the Argonauts did to get theirs, but it was a tough challenge nonetheless.”
WESTMEATH EXAMINER (IRELAND) – by Ellis Ryan – “It’s been an exciting week so far on John Fagan’s farm: we’ve seen lambs delivered, a world record broken, and a Liverpudlian country star and a squeamish tv presenter turn their hand to milking. “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “THE sheep farmed on Castle Creek need to pay their way.
The mobs of 1100 Merino ewes and 950 crossbred ewes are run alongside a cropping operation in a 50:50 split for the 1457ha property at Euroa in Victoria’s North East, owned by John Gross and managed by Neil Seach.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “CHINESE consumers understand that mulesing is a necessary practice in Australian wool-growing, the International Wool Textile Organisation’s 85th Congress was told in Sydney on Monday.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Sarah Hudson – “AT the age of 99, Mollie Jeffrey still has a good eye for a Border Leicester ram.
“They’ve got to have lovely Roman noses, white, clean good wool, a solid body, and stand wide from behind,” Mollie says.
“I don’t like a greyhound look to them — a narrow body, I like it long and deep.””