AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – “The AWI WoolQ portal is now live! People are using WoolQ to capture wool data and connect with industry…. WoolQ – formerly known as the Wool Exchange Portal – is a free, online tool that enables woolgrowers and the wool industry to capture, access and interact with industry information, data, selling choices and trading opportunities. The first part of the WoolQ tool to go live is the WoolQ eSpeci – a digital alternative to the current paper speci – that captures in-shed wool data electronically, via your laptop, tablet or smartphone.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “Sheep producers in central Victoria have been hit with wool thefts in the last month… Victoria Police have warned any farmer who was shearing or who had sheared their sheep and was storing the wool in shearing sheds that thieves were targeting sheds.”
THE IRISH TIMES – “ULSTER Wool has introduced a new scheme designed to support producers who have recently entered the industry.”
VOGUE – ” … The Oxfam global ambassador, who got on the phone with designer Kit Willow of label KitX for our March 2018 issue, follows a series of Tasmanian wool farmers intent on restoring and preserving land while drawing much-needed attention to the consequences of the use of synthetic fibres in fashion. “
GOULBURN POST – by Louise Thrower – “The newly appointed head of a regional development body says one of his first tasks will be to find out why Goulburn’s bid to lure wool sales is going nowhere.
Yass district grazier Hugh Cooke was appointed as Regional Development Australia Southern Inland (RDASI) Chair in early April. His appointment followed a comprehensive review of RDAs across Australia and a government decision to cut back funding. The call is also out for new board members.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Selling over Tuesday and Thursday sale days due to ANZAC day last week, the Eastern Market Indicator rose by 21 cents at the conclusion of the sale, to settle at a record high of 1,846c/kg.”
NZ FARMER – Rural Reporters – “A more competitive trading environment has resulted in prices for most wool types and styles lifting at the Christchurch wool sale.
Overall bidding at the auction last week was up from the previous week and the softening of the dollar by almost two cents against the United States currency provided the impetus for a stronger tone to the market.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “NEARLY a billion dollars will be added to the Farm Management Deposit accounts of Australian farmers this financial year, National Australia Bank agribusiness general manager Khan Horne predicted today.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S wool growers and industry bodies have just five days to make submissions to the current review of Australian Wool Innovation.”
THE NORTHERN DAILY LEADER – “The 10th and final AI program to be undertaken in one of Australia’s largest and longest Merino research projects has just wrapped up at CSIRO’s Chiswick research station near Uralla.”