FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill & Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOLGROWERS are taking advantage of record prices by turning to the forward wool market, as experts predict wool to rally further in 2018.
The Eastern Market Indicator is forecast to average 1630 cents a kilogram in 2017-18 – a 15 per cent increase on last financial year, according to Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES).”
INDIAN LINK – “Young Indian designer Ruchika Sachdeva has taken out the womenswear 2017/2018 International Woolmark Prize.
The Prize recognises design excellence using Australian Merino wool.”
STOCK & LAND – “The Andrews Labor Government last week revealed the new Animal Welfare Action Plan. While on face value this announcement in an election year may appeal to the emotions of some voters, we need to take a clear-eyed look at the real, practical implications that the plan will have.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – COUNTRYMAN – “A boost in wool prices and a buoyant lamb and shipping market are rewarding Gnowangerup producers Gavin and Tania Lamont’s long-term reliance on Merinos and Poll Dorsets.
The Lamont family was named Western Australian Meat Marketing Co-operative’s producers of the month in November, with a 96.4 per cent of a line of 137 lambs attracting the co-operative’s performance premium.”
THE REP – “Port Elizabeth – The wool market traded at similar levels experienced before the Christmas recess and the Cape Wools Merino Indicator remained at a value of R188,08 (Clean). The Australian EMI increased by 7,3 % this week. The Cape Wools All Wool Indicator was also unchanged.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “There are still no answers as to how to rebuild trust in Australian Wool Innovation’s board election process.
The peak wool body’s deadline to respond to Senate estimate questions, from last October, expired in December – three questions relating to evidence of professional processes remain unanswered. “
VOGUE – by Sarah Mower – “The International Woolmark Prize discovered a couple of young designers who went on to reshape the fashion world: Yves Saint Laurent and Karl Lagerfeld, back in 1953, its inception. Sixty-five years on, the powerful Australian sheep growers organization awarded Ruchika Sachdeva from New Delhi AUS $200,000 for her women’s collection, Bodice, a bellwether for a new-generational kind of change.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Matthew Miller and Bodice – from the British Isles and India – were today announced the winners of the menswear and womenswear 2017/2018 International Woolmark Prize, presented at a special event during Pitti Uomo at Stazione Leopolda in Florence. In addition, the USA’s DYNE was announced the winner of the inaugural Innovation Award.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “With a few taps on the keyboard and some clicks of the mouse, Australian livestock producers can contribute to research to improve animal health and biosecurity.
Researchers from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation are calling for cattle, sheep, goat and dairy producers to have their voices heard via an online survey.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aida Smith – “AUSTRALIA’s live sheep export industry continued its solid performance in 2017 with the total number exported at 1,651,314 head at the end of November.
Usually sheep export numbers average about two million head.
Fremantle remained the dominant port for the trade with 1,373,669 sheep exported to the end of November last year.”