THE SCOTTISH FARMER – by Gordon Davidson – ” TWO Welshman have set a new record by hand shearing 397 sheep over the course of nine hours.
The pair, Gareth Pennant Owen and Clive Hamer, managed to shear an average of 44 sheep per hour, over a nine-hour period, at Fernhill Farm, Compton Martin, in Somerset, with Mr Owen managing to shear 202 of those himself.”
KNITTING INDUSTRY – “Brooklyn-based brand Thursday Finest is turning the traditional manufacturing process upside-down by letting customers take control of the design stage and tailoring Merino wool socks specifically to individual feet, according to The Woolmark Company, which recently partnered with the brand.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: Carrfields – “American interior designers have elevated humble New Zealand wool to artwork status in a recent rug design competition in San Francisco.
Carlisle, which distributes Carrfields Primary Wool (CP Wool)’s range of premium New Zealand wool carpets and rugs in North America under the Just Shorn® brand, invited designers from the California Bay Area to submit their designs for rugs that could be crafted from 100% Just Shorn® New Zealand wool.”
ECOPRENEURIST – “Are you a green, ahead-of-the-trend homeowner or builder? Do you adopt new technologies and materials that can help you realize the benefits of sustainable living and working spaces? If so, there’s “something old/something new” that you should consider – sheep’s wool building insulation.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “The independence of Australian Wool Innovation board nominee William Wilson has been questioned after the nomination committee endorsed him over incumbent board member Paul Cocking.”
SUNRAYSIA DAILY – by Christine Webster – “A MELBOURNE based wool executive has raised more than $2600 for the Pooncarie Ambulance Service after shearing his first sheep in 20 years on stage at the Wentworth Show.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – by Pam Jones – “World woolhandling champion Joel Henare said it was “no problem” wearing two hats at the New Zealand Merino Championships in Alexandra at the weekend.
Henare, who won the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships woolhandling title in Invercargill earlier this year and regained the New Zealand Merino Championships open woolhandling title at the Alexandra event on Saturday, was both competitor and commentator at the two-day merino championships, the opening event of the 2017-18 shearing sports season.”
THE TELEGRAPH (UK) – by Emily Brooks – “Wool is the safe choice when it comes to interiors. Natural, strong, warm and breathable, it’s hard to fault on the performance front and it brings a touch of luxury to a room at relatively little cost.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Gregor Heard – “BLADE shearing may seem like an old fashioned concept to many Australian sheep producers, limited to those wanting to present their stud stock in immaculate condition, but the technique is making a comeback internationally.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “WESTERN Australian shearer Damien Boyle has won a seventh New Zealand Open Merino Shearing Championship title in eight years at the opening event of the 2017-2018 shearing sports season in Alexandra at the weekend.”