THE AUSTRALIAN – by Glynis Traill-Nash – “The countdown is on for the next big names in global fashion.
By this morning, two fashion labels will be $200,000 richer and on their way to global recognition and a slew of retail accounts.
New Zealand womenswear designers Madeleine Harman and Jessica Grubisa of Harman Grubisa and Melbourne menswear designer Blair Archibald hope they might be the first to bring the International Woolmark Prize “home” to our region.”
ICELAND REVIEW – by Jelena Ciric – “Farmers around Iceland are showing increasing interest in breeding so-called ‘leader sheep,’ unique to the Icelandic breed, RÚV reports. Today leader sheep in Iceland number around 1000, and many farmers are working toward maintaining the special and useful strain.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Woolgrowers’ move to capitalise on the lucrative wool prices has resulted in a five per cent spike in wool tested in the past six months.
Industry commentators have tipped this increase to growers’ choosing to shear flocks and sell wool earlier, in response to the high wool prices, rather than a lift in the nation’s wool production.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “After erecting more than 100km of exclusion fencing, South West wool producer Donald Truss hopes to increase his flock from 9000 to 11,000 head.
It’s not the only positive news for the young man, who is the newest member of the Leading Sheep South West Committee.
Mr Truss, from south of Quilpie, joins six other regional producers of Leading Sheep South West, responsible for setting local priorities for the program.”
NY TIMES – by Serena Solomon – “COOPER PEDY, Australia – For anyone driving through South Australia’s outback, it does not take long to see why patrol officers like Alan Walton are needed to keep the country’s 3,500-mile-long dingo fence in order.”
XINHUANET – “LONDON, Jan. 6 (Xinhua) — A novel way of tackling the problem of sheep stealing on Scotland’s remote Highland hillsides is to be piloted.
Laser beams shone on hillsides to be trialed in a bid to stop Britain’s largest bird of prey, the white-tailed Sea Eagle, from grabbing lambs to feed their chicks. It has a wing span of 245 centimeters.”
DAILY TIMES (Pakistan) – “With one hand, breeder Sebastian Saura holds the head of a sheep and with the other, in a matter of minutes, he shears the animal down to its tender pink skin.
It is the first phase of a trip that will take wool from Uruguay — one of the world’s top exporters of the textile fiber — to Germany for use in the seats of luxury cars.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – “Students who want to launch a career in agriculture could soon be a step closer to achieving their goal with scholarships to study at Queensland Agricultural Training Colleges (QATC) in 2018 up for the taking.”
THE HINDU – ” While the country’s thinnest wool, such as merino, goes to the luxury fashion industry, thicker fibre is used in the seats of high-end German cars and in aircraft
With one hand, breeder Sebastian Saura holds the head of a sheep and with the other, in a matter of minutes, he shears the animal down to its tender pink skin.”
MODERN FARMER – by Andrew Melinckx – ” While many teens wile away their hours with video games or Snapchat, a 16-year-old Australian lad was allegedly out working hard at a trade with a storied history: livestock duffing. He allegedly made off with 300 sheep worth more than $62,000 U.S.”