STUFF – by Gerard Hutching – “New Zealand wool producers have landed a large contract to supply a United States company with fibre for home insulation.
They also claim wool is a healthier product than fibreglass which is the dominant insulating material on the market, a claim that has been disputed by fibreglass manufacturers.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A FASHION parade and celebration of local food, wine and art at the Williams Woolshed next Tuesday, August 7, will mark the beginning of branding of Williams Wool.
A director and film crew are flying in to record the event for the marketing division of Australian Wool Network (AWN), Australia’s biggest independent wool marketing and brokering company which is represented in WA by wool broker Dyson Jones.”
PARKES CHAMPION-POST – by Andrew Miller – “The latest charity wool auction for Ronald McDonald House (RMH), Westmead, NSW, has brought the total amount of money raised for the facility to more than $300,000.
Quality Wool ran the auction in Melbourne on June 27, which raised $78,600 from 67 bales, donated by NSW woolgrowers.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales, National Rural Reporter – “It’s been the toughest 18 months Cam Armstrong can recall on his family’s Cassilis Park merino sheep and wool farm, 150km east of Dubbo in NSW’s central west region.”
RURAL LIFE – “The second South Island wool sale of the season continued to be difficult for crossbred wool with a slowing down of overseas sales, mainly those from China.
There was considerable push back from crossbred wool growers unwilling to sell below reserve price expectations which was reflected by the high withdrawn lots prior to the sale, PGG Wrightson Wool’s South Island sales team said.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Wendy Gould – “ELDERS senior management and staff joined together for their annual livestock and wool conference at the Trade Winds Hotel, Fremantle recently.
State livestock manager Geoff Shipp said the agenda included business updates, a review of the year past, discussion on plans for the year ahead and was a chance to remember absent friends in Ray Norman and John Currie, Albany and Bill Kessell, Bridgetown, colleagues lost during the year.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Karolin Macgregor, Tasmanian Country – “THE wool sector is calling for an industry-wide push to help attract young people as critical labour shortages continue.
A few months after concerns were raised about a shortage of shearers and wool handlers, Tasmanian farmers say a lack of wool classers is also becoming an issue.
Northern Tasmanian wool producer Gwendolyn Adams said classers were vital in getting growers the best returns.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – “WoolProducers Australia is disputing claims of made by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) that the cost of implementing recommendations made in the recent review of performance called by Minister Littleproud, will cost woolgrowers ‘millions of dollars’. “
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul – “THEY may be rivals on the football field but when it comes to promoting the wool industry West Coast Eagles captain Shannon Hurn and Fremantle Dockers captain Nat Fyfe are on the same team – team wool.
Shannon, who comes from a sheep property at Angaston in South Australia’s Barossa Valley has joined Nat as part of the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Fibre of Football campaign.”
MANCHESTER EVENING NEWS – by Stuart Greer – “Sam Lawson Johnston and George Haddo, of LJ Real Estate, will use the sustainable insulation across their property portfolio including Albert Estate and Canada House”