FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “POLICE have stepped up monitoring for suspicious vehicles in the South West and farmers are installing cameras on entry points after another livestock theft was reported in Gnowangerup last week.
Merino stud breeder Collyn Garnett said he would be installing cameras to monitor for vehicles entering his property after he found 100 pregnant ewes were missing.”
NZ HERALD – ” Suspecting natural fibres are better for your skin than synthetic ones is far from woolly thinking, new New Zealand research suggests.
A new trial by scientists at Crown research institute AgResearch investigated how human skin reacted to different fabrics, and initial findings put wool over polyester.
“There’s been a lot of science looking at the connection between our health and what we put in our bodies, but here we are looking what we wear on our bodies and what that may mean for our skin health,” AgResearch scientist Dr Alex Hodgson said.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Bruce McLeish, Elders northern zone wool manager – “A CHOPPY currency market, tight exporter finances, the on again/off again potential trade war and a gathering chorus of customers saying ‘too high’ all conspired this week to push the wool market down rather firmly.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “BROADER micron Merino wools, sometimes referred to as ‘carpet wools’ by fine woolgrowers, are benefiting from a magic carpet ride of resurgent value.
Once the mainstay of WA wool production and the staple Australian fleece during wool’s heyday last century, a now limited supply of broader 21 and 22 micron wools were back in demand last week at the Western Wool Centre (WWC).”
INDIAN EXPRESS – by Sharmi Adhikary – “At the finale of the Woolmark International Prize held in January during Pitti Uomo in Florence, American designer Phillip Lim called this year’s winner—womenswear label, Bodice—“romantic, modern and relevant”. Ruchika Sachdeva, the woman behind the brand, stood humbled and elated.”
FARM IRELAND – by Jonathan Barrett and Colin Packham – ”
Sheep farmers in rural Australia waited more than half a century for wool prices to come roaring back, only to find there aren’t enough shearers to trim their golden fleeces.
The industry shackles mean suppliers in Australia, which provides about 90 percent of the world’s exported fine-wool used in clothing manufacturing, are struggling to meet demand. That has forced some garment makers to sell at a loss or reduce their wool content.”
ABC NEWS – Landline – by Fiona Breen – “An Italian buyer of Australian super fine wool has urged growers to listen to the market and end mulesing before more customers look to other countries for their merino wool.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AUSTRALIAN sheep farmers are cashing in on historic meat and wool prices, as average farm income for the sector hits a 20-year high of $170,000 this financial year.
Figures from Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) released on Tuesday, show sheep producers received an estimated 35 per cent pay rise, on the back of 6pc rise in saleyard prices for lamb and a lucrative 15pc spike in wool prices.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 9 March 2018 (Week 36)
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by David Huggonson – “The photograph was taken by Reginald Sharpless in 1923 using a Brownie box camera.
Eastman Kodak had first marketed the cardboard Brownie box camera in 1900 to increase the sales of Kodak film rolls.
The low cost camera introduced the concept of the snapshot to the masses and made a fortune for the company worldwide.”