NZ HERALD – “Allbirds, the sustainable footwear company co-founded by former New Zealand soccer star Tim Brown, has expanded into Canada, its fourth global market”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “The April to June 2018 rainfall outlook issued this morning points to wetter three months for the tropical north and far southeast Australia, but mainly neutral rainfall outlook for most areas.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Andrew B. Watkins and Felicity Gamble, Australian Bureau of Meteorology – “Today the Bureau of Meteorology releases its end-of-month seasonal outlook for April to June, updating the initial outlook released on March 15. But you might not have seen much media coverage of it, because we’re not seeing big swings towards the attention-grabbing climate drivers like El Niño or the Indian Ocean Dipole, which can dominate Australia’s climate.”
THE FLINDERS NEWS – “The Jamestown Show Fleece Competition is back and woolgrowers are being urged to put aside a fleece to enter and be part of what is building to be one of the state’s premier sheep and wool events.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 29 March 2018 (Week 39)
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “LAMB survival trials are being held across Victoria and South Australia, as the issue continues to be one of the largest barriers to improved productivity.
Consultant and sheep producer Jason Trompf says lamb survival increases could be worth $1 billion to the $6 billion sheep industry.”
FARM IRELAND – by Claire Fox – ”
Efforts must be made to market wool as a ‘green’ fibre as it is currently worthless to farmers, it has been urged.
The price for wool has been poor over the past 12 months with a lack of appetite in the Chinese market being blamed for the fall-off in demand.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “Wool could be part of the answer to the scourge of microplastics, the New Zealand Merino Company says.
A grouping of manufacturers spearheaded by the New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) will soon launch an international campaign highlighting the virtues of natural fibres.
A new report by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) shows 35 per cent of minute plastic particles in the ocean are caused by washing synthetic clothing such as polar fleeces.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “THE wool industry revival continues with producers who stayed in the game enjoying much better returns and hoping that seasonal conditions will give them support very soon.
Facebook users will find the Classings in the race and Classic Merino postings of great interest and many of the video clips show us where much of the modern wool industry is headed.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “THE wool market had a strong run towards the Easter recess with nearly all microns lifting last week.
The Eastern Market Indicator lifted 27c/kg clean to 1778c/kg.
Elders Bairnsdale district wool manager Mal Nicholls said the Australian dollar fell on Wednesday, prompting a lift in the market.”