RURAL NEWS – “Lack of demand and animal activism are having a negative impact on NZ’s wool industry, says the Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand (WRONZ).”
WELLINGTON TIMES – by Geoff Plasto – ” … Schute Bell report that last week’s wool market showed the headline market indicators hitting new record highs with strong gains across the board.”
ADNEWS – by Lindsay Bennett – “TBWA Sydney has won the global creative for The Woolmark Company following a competitive pitch against agencies from New York, London and Sydney, AdNews can reveal.
The Woolmark Company’s win was the first new business pitch led by the new TBWA Sydney leadership team of chief creative officer Andy DiLallo, new chief strategy officer Matt Springate and TBWA AUNZ CEO Paul Bradbury.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AN exclusive long-term contract has whet the appetite of a European fabric maker who is appealing to the very best Australian superfine woolgrowers to partner with them to help feed the growing demand for luxury and active wear fabrics.
RADIO NEW ZEALAND – by Andrew McRae – “New Zealand could face a shortage of shearers because they’re not being trained, an industry organisation says.”
THE RURAL – by Bruce McLeish, Elders Northern wool manager – “THE Australian wool market continued to climb this week with solid gains across the board. The prices were up in all sectors and all currencies, with a few new records being reached along the way.”
GRINDTV – TRANSWORLD BUSINESS – by Kailee Bradstreet – “VF Corp will acquire Auckland, New Zealand, based company Icebreaker for an undisclosed amount… Icebreaker, a merino wool-focused base layer brand, generated $150 million in revenue in the past 12 months. Founded in 1995 by Jermey Moon, Icebreaker is the only brand in seven years that VF has brought under its adventure and outdoor umbrella, since the acquisition of Timberland in 2011. VF also owns SmartWool, a Colorado-based company that makes merino socks and apparel.”
THE BORDER MAIL – by Nikki Reynolds – “A COROWA wool classer has earned one of the top accolades in the industry.
Jorja Reeves received the Australian Wool Exchange National Wool Classers Award and gained $500 in prize money.
Taking up a position in the wool industry was something that surfaced after following in the footsteps of her stepdad George McFarlane of “Maneroo Park.” “
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S inland wool brokers have joined other peak trade bodies in rejecting a claim by Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman that there was unanimous agreement for AWI’s Wool Exchange Portal project to proceed.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MERINOS are a vital part of the enterprise mix at Craig and Abigail Hickman’s Curramulka property Seaview, on the Yorke Peninsula, South Australia, producing $130 per winter grazed hectare per 100mm of growing season rainfall in 2016.”