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14 Dec 2016

PETA video prompts two-year shearing ban, six workers charged in Victoria


Victorian authorities have successfully prosecuted the first of six shearers they allege were depicted abusing sheep in a video released by animal welfare activists in 2014.

08 Dec 2016

Aussie Wool is lost at the Quay says AWGA chairman Robert McBride


For anyone who has read the Australian Wool Innovation annual report, one feels the board has clearly lost direction and control of the wool levy. It's hard to fathom how they are helping wool demand or on farm profitability in any way, the Merino industry has never been in a weaker position in its long history.

06 Dec 2016

WoolProducers Australia committed to FMD Preparedness


The peak representative body for the Australian wool industry, WoolProducers Australia (WPA) has strengthened its commitment to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD) preparedness on behalf of the Australian wool industry.

01 Dec 2016

WoolProducers Australia stands by a 15% backpacker tax.


WoolProducers Australia stands by its support for a 15% backpacker tax. Australia's wool growers believe that the 15% rate is fair, internationally competitive and recognises the unique nature of seasonal work. We don't believe that backpackers should pay less tax than those on the Seasonal Worker Program.

22 Nov 2016

Welfare standards losing business


A perception by brands the Australian wool industry's animal welfare practices are not up to acceptable standards has seen some Merino wool processors bypass the country to source wool from New Zealand, South Africa and Argentina.

26 Oct 2016

Meridian brings wool carpet yarn production back to North America


Meridian Specialty Yarn Group (MSYG), a leading US based specialty yarn manufacturer, has begun production of wool and wool/polyester blend carpet yarns at the company's newly expanded Ranlo, NC, plant.

17 Oct 2016

Your Couch May Be Harming Your Child's Brain


The sofa in your living room, your mattress, and the armchair in your den-those are just a few of the common household items to which manufacturers might add flame retardants. After all, no one wants a lit cigarette dropped on a bed to burn down an entire home. A study released Monday about health concerns linked to the use of flame retardants might reignite the push to get the chemicals banned nationwide.

02 Sep 2016

How Prince Charles set fire to a pile of jumpers and buried others in a flowerbed to show why we should wear more woollen clothes


He is well known for his passion for plants, but this may be the strangest crop the Prince of Wales has yet tried to raise. The Prince has disclosed how, in a curious experiment to establish the comparative qualities of wool and synthetic fibre, he buried two jumpers in a flower bed at Clarence House.

02 Sep 2016

Wool mulesing discounts to come 'sooner than later' as non-mulesed orders increase


Substantial discounts will be applied to Australian wool from mulesed sheep "sooner than later" unless the industry implements a plan to phase out the flystrike preventative process, according to Italian processors.

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