SHEEP CENTRAL – “AUSTRALIA’S cricket-loving wool growers are being asked to donate some of their valuable clip for a unique initiative to produce woollen Baggy Green caps for future generations of cricketers.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “NEW sheep feeding standards for non-Merino or maternal ewes are expected to be finalised next year.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “STRONG pre-Christmas buying at auctions has lifted Australian wool prices out of last week’s dip.”
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SHEEP CENTRAL – “HAMILTON’S sheep and lamb saleyard will be the first major centre to gain State Government funding approval for electronic tag scanning equipment and software, to upload data to the National Livestock Identification System.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “HISTORICAL material showing developments in wool preparation and sale will be on permanent display in the Melbourne Wool Selling Centre.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Yvonne O’Hara – “People will be breathing easier in air-polluted cities, thanks in part to a Wanaka sheep breeder, writes Yvonne O’Hara.
Founder of the Wanaka-based Headwaters breeding group, Andy Ramsden has spent the past eight years developing the Astino, a sheep with wool that is now being grown for use as part of a filter system in anti-pollution Karen Walker-designed face masks.
They were recently launched in China and other Asian markets.
“Initially, I wanted to create a new breed for the dry hill country,” Mr Ramsden said.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Traditional marketing of Merino wool is under review as the US online giant Amazon’s entrance into the Australian retail market challenges the reliance on bricks-and-mortar retailers.
The Amazon Australia website has been a bookstore for the $500 billion US parent company for many years, but this is about to change with recent multi-million dollar investment in industrial land in Sydney and Melbourne expected to be distribution centres.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “There is movement at the wool export station with staff changes at some of the countries largest export companies triggering a domino effect of job shuffling.
Regarded as one of the largest shifts in employment since the late 1990s – when companies were closing down due to costly capital investments and low returns – a sudden boom in wool exports has highlighted a staffing shortage within the industry.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “TEAM work and dedication has won the prestigious Vitale Barberis Canonico Wool Excellence Award for New South Wales Saxon growers, the Wood family of Uralla.”