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27 Nov 2013

Wool's heart-warming help

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THE offer of a free blanket is eagerly snapped up by a group of homeless people in Sydney's CBD. The fact it's spring and unseasonably warm matters little. "They disappeared in seconds," says Hayley Olsson. She's seen first-hand how valued blankets are - and not just by the homeless, but by the services that support them. They know a blanket will keep someone who is sleeping rough alive at night.

05 Nov 2013

Letter for The Land - ASBV RIP Rubbish

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ASBV (Australian Sheep Breeding Values) are alive and well. A quick look at the ASBV download page shows there are 930 stud flocks using LAMBPLAN & MERINOSELECT. ASBV's remove the environment (feed etc.) effects for each trait that you see when looking at an animal. This becomes a much more accurate assessment of the performance of the progeny for that trait. By measuring the progeny each year and comparing them with the progeny of link rams used from year to year or flock to flock the genetic progress of that trait can be measured...

28 Oct 2013

AWI seeks advice on welfare standards

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INDUSTRY fears have been realised as Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) seeks legal advice on the animal welfare standards and guidelines. AWI has taken on board the continued concern from wool producers that the standards and guidelines would have significant implications for the industry. One of the primary concerns was that the guidelines in the document could potentially be used to argue the case of the legislated standards in court...

22 Oct 2013

Advice for a Business Studies student

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I received a delightful note recently from Olivia Hill, a 12- year-old, year eight student at Aylsham Business and Enterprise School in Norfolk. She is just starting her first GCSE in Business Studies and asked yours truly about the key enterprising skills I used when first starting out. Having replied to Olivia, I thought some other young business students might like to read my reply too, so here it is...

21 Oct 2013

It's Wool Week - time to celebrate the return of a great British industry

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New Zealand might have those silky merinos, but Britain has a much finer array of sheep: just look at the mighty beulah speckled face, the shaggyDevon and Cornwall longwool and the exquisitely named and strikingly striped Zwartbles. There are more breeds romping around our fields than any other country and probably the most native breeds, too...

17 Oct 2013

The Woolmark Company partners with United Arrows

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The Woolmark Company is uniting with leading Japanese retailer UNITED ARROWS as part of the Merino Wool. No Finer Feeling TM fibre advocacy campaign. The two-year partnership symbolises a unique venture between the two high-profile companies, uniting to raise awareness of wool's infinite potential and raise the profile of Merino wool as a luxurious fibre...

17 Oct 2013

Merino Cool. No Finer Feeling TM. Window and Installation Week. 10-16 Oct, 2013

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Taking MerinoWool.NoFinerFeeling TM to consumers in a direct route to purchase message. Leading designer brands represented. Window in a key position immediately right of the main entrance. Installation on 2nd floor in the new Womens Designer Gallery. With Merino wool message and NFF branding. Supported by G Modiano and Z Hinchliffein providing Merino wool tops and yarn to visualise the Merino wool message. Release 11 October to be featured on www.selfridges.com and social media...

14 Oct 2013

The Silver Lining to China's Slowing Growth

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BEIJING, China - The luxury sector in China is feeling the chill of a slower economy. To make it even worse, the new Xi Jingping government has introduced a serious anti-corruption and anti-extravagance campaign. Almost entirely dominated by European and American brands, the wild boom in luxury sales during the past ten years is closely intertwined with increasing corruption in China...

14 Oct 2013

Grower Concern about welfare guidelines

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THE animal welfare standards and guidelines are shrouded in confusion and add another level of red tape according to WA livestock producers and industry representatives. The new set of standards and guidelines are still in the initial stages of development and are set to replace the current codes of practice for the welfare of animals...

11 Oct 2013

Ag addressing Asian markets

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THE Asian century is very much at the fore again this week with the release of today's Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) report What Asia Wants, following hot on the heels of Deloitte's economic forecast. Deloitte predicted the Australian economy could grow by $250 billion over 20 years by promoting five key industries that will benefit from growth in Asia, which included agribusiness...

10 Oct 2013

Woolgrowers help raise awareness of Australia's homeless situation

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AWGA has been involved in supporting young Sydney film maker, Hayley Olsson, who has been raising awareness of the many "invisible" people who are homeless on our nation's streets. By helping to donate funds to purchase high quality wool blankets for those living on the streets, AWGA has been able to support Hayley's film, Project Warmheart, helping to raise awareness of this issue...

09 Oct 2013

New sheep guidelines loom

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SHEEP producers could face legal action if they continue to carry out normal management practices. That's if draft animal welfare standards and guidelines are endorsed as they stand, confirming the "worst fears" of producers. Grabbing a sheep by the wool to drag them out for shearing could become a thing of the past, while restricting the age of mulesing to less than six months could mean weather extremes and natural disasters would not be taken into account...

02 Oct 2013

AWI 'too tight' on genes

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A LEADING sheep geneticist has blasted Australian Wool Innovation's decision to divert money from a sheep management training program. Dr Jim Watts, from The SRS Company at Bowral in NSW, said it was "a bad mistake" for AWI to abandon the Bred Well Fed Well workshops, and called on AWI to reinstate funding and support...

30 Sep 2013

Board letter to growers

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For some months the AWI Board has received numerous approaches from industry expressing their views on the Sheep Standards and Guidelines. These views have ranged from mild concern, through to outraged disbelief. As the research, development & marketing organisation for the wool industry, our role in these issues is quite well defined. As such, during this time...

30 Sep 2013

AWI director battle

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WOOLGROWERS will soon have a chance to have their say on the direction of their industry with three positions on the board of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) up for election. Eight candidates vie for the positions, which will be made available at the 2013 AWI annual general meeting on November 22. There are six new nominees, who will battle against incumbent AWI directors Meredith Sheil and George Falkiner...

23 Sep 2013

Letter to the Editor

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Dear Sir or Madam, Woolgrowers have a clear choice now to influence the direction of the Australian wool industry, to invest their levies with modern genetic tools and sheep productivity gains. Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has been making poor decisions recently in the areas of genetic research and extension, with cuts to funding for the successful 'Bred Well Fed Well' workshops and world first Genomic Nucleus Flock...

23 Sep 2013

AWGA Welcomes New Chairman

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AWGA Press Release. AWGA would like to congratulate and welcome its new Chairman, Mr. Robert McBride, owing to the current Chair. Mr. Shane Edwards of WA, completing a three year term in office. Shane Edwards has the congratulations and admiration from all members and board of AWGA, owing to his tireless efforts promoting the advocating for the Australian sheep industry...

20 Sep 2013

Farmers angered by AWI cut

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AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) is deliberately or foolishly trying to steer its grower shareholders away from using genomics technology, according to some angry sheep industry leaders. They were infuriated when AWI announced last week that it was abandoning the Bred Well Fed Well program because it could be commercially viable without being underwritten by AWI...

19 Sep 2013

Controversy over AWI board elections

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UPDATE: THE Australian Wool Innovation board elections seem to be already embroiled in controversy. After submitting 103 signatures, required as part of his nomination to stand for a position on the board, Petali Merino stud principal and Australian Woolgrowers Association director, Martin Oppenheimer was informed by AWI on Sunday that only nine of the signatures were valid...

18 Sep 2013

Asia knocking as age of golden fleece returns

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AUSTRALIA has begun to enjoy the early benefits of the Asian food boom, with the value of national farm production tipped to soar to $50 billion this year on the back of rising world prices for beef, lamb and dairy products. The tentative recovery of major world economies, such as Japan, the US and Europe, is also boosting demand for luxury clothing and wool fabrics, sending major retailers such as Japan's "hot" youth fashion company United Arrows to Australia to renew its close links with superfine merino wool growers...

18 Sep 2013

Global Campaign for Wool launched in Italy

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Italy has started its inaugural Wool Week in style, joining the global Campaign for Wool inspired by the "Live naturally, choose wool" claim and promoting wool as a natural, biodegradable and renewable fibre. Launched in Milan, the celebrations unite the textile community, the fashion industry and consumers and for the first time the program involves each of these three markets...

13 Sep 2013

Inside Kazakhstan's Fashion Market, JW Anderson, Rodarte

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ALMATY, Kazakhstan - Some cities have a pulse so strong you can feel it throbbing from the narrowest of their urban arteries, or in the tremors rising up through the manicured lawns of hill-top mansions perched high above the frenzied nightlife district thumping much further downtown...

11 Sep 2013

Sheep classer concern over sheep welfare rules (Audio)

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Sheep classer Courtney Sutherland says draft welfare rules for sheep are too prescriptive.

11 Sep 2013

Wool grower fury over AWI cuts

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WOOL growers are angry over Australian Wool Innovation's decision to cut funding from extension workshops. Wool growers are furious that AWI plans to cut one of its most popular extension activities. And fallout from the decision to cut funding to the Bred Well Fed Well workshops has seen some growers threaten to support a zero per cent levy at the next Wool Poll vote in 2015. But mixed messages are being given for the reason the workshops are being cut...

11 Sep 2013

Wool Battle for AWI board

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ONE of Australian Wool Innovation's biggest critics could soon be on the wool industry body's board. Principal of Petali Poll Merino and White Suffolk studs at Walcha in NSW, Martin Oppenheimer, is standing for a director position. A vocal supporter of genetics and genomics in the Merino industry and director of the independent Australian Wool Growers Association...

09 Sep 2013

MLA chairman ditched

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MEAT and Livestock Australia (MLA) chairman Rob Anderson has been overlooked for reselection to the organisation's leadership. MLA's board selection committee made a surprising move not to endorse Mr Anderson for re-appointment. A new chairman will be appointed by board members at the MLA's annual general meeting this year. Board appointments are for a maximum of three years, and the MLA constitution requires three directors to retire each year...

05 Sep 2013

Oppenheimer nominates for AWI board

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VOCAL supporter of genetics and genomics in the Merino industry, Martin Oppenheimer will stand for the Australian Wool Innovation board. Mr Oppenheimer announced via Twitter today he would be standing for a director position on the wool board. Mr Oppenheimer has previously been critical of AWI's decision to cut funding to the Information Nucleus Flock and their recent cut to the Bred Well Fed Well workshops...

04 Sep 2013

Australian wool production expected to ease slightly in 2013/14

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The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee (AWPFC) has forecast Australian wool production to decline to 345 million greasy kilograms for the 2013/14 season, down by 1.4 per cent from the 2012/13 season total of 350 mkg. Committee Chairman Russell Pattinson commented that "the slight decrease in seasonal production reflects two major factors - an increase in sheep turn off for slaughter in 2012/13, which has reduced season­opening sheep numbers for 2013/14...

03 Sep 2013

Financial Review on Aussie wool marketing

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Forty metres above the ground in China's Guangxi province, a rope is tied to a small metal hook driven into a limestone cliff. Hanging from that rope is Queensland rock climber John O'Brien. It's a cloudy 20 degrees in this jungle-ridden part of southern China and he's been clinging by his fingertips from various stunning outcrops for a week...

30 Aug 2013

Matters of Economics. A letter from AWGA member, Ted Obrien

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G'day. We are still here, not having as much fun as we should. Live in hope. I see WoolProducers are still running our industry at the call of our mortal enemies. Firstly, a comment I made on another story. You commented on the same subject on another page. This $134 million will be just more waste if nothing is done to correct the fundamental faults in ag policy...

30 Aug 2013

Losing the thread

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FORTY metres above the ground in China's Guangxi province, a rope is tied to a small metal hook driven into a limestone cliff. Hanging from that rope is Queensland rock climber John O'Brien. It's a cloudy 20 degrees in this jungle-ridden part of southern China and he's been clinging by his fingertips from various stunning outcrops for a week. In which time he has not washed his clothes...

30 Aug 2013

AWI angers WA producers

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AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) has decided to discontinue its funding of the Bred Well, Fed Well workshops. The move came this week, with AWI saying the program was adequately commercial to stand alone without AWI underwriting. The workshops are funded by AWI and MLA as part of their Making More From Sheep Initiative. An AWI spokesman said the body was committed to investing in genetic and genomic research and development as outlined in its current Strategic Plan...

29 Aug 2013

Celebrating Alexander the Great's lost world

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In the mountains of Hindu Kush, on the Pakistan and Afghan border, live Kalash people. Blond-haired and blue-eyed, the 'lost children of Alexander the Great' is how they are often referred to. The remote valley of the lost children of the Macedon emperor was only one of the numerous stops on seven filming trips to Alexander's lost world that Australian photojournalist and filmmaker David Adams conducted over six years...

27 Aug 2013

ENSO remains neutral as negative IOD weakens

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The El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) has remained neutral since mid-2012. While most indicators have clearly remained neutral over recent months, the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI) has at times approached La Nina levels. It has now returned to neutral values. Climate models surveyed by the Bureau of Meteorology suggest the tropical Pacific will remain ENSO-neutral for the rest of the year...

21 Aug 2013

Native vegetation | NSW Environment & Heritage

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Protecting native vegetation reduces negative impacts on biodiversity, salinity, threatened species, soils, riverbanks and water quality. Minimising native vegetation clearing is also essential for helping to reduce the effects of climate change. The Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH), catchment management authorities (CMAs) and the Department of Primary Industries are the main agencies responsible for maintaining native vegetation in NSW. OEH's roles include...

15 Aug 2013

Release of MLA report PR

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Recently ABA chairman John Niven called on Cattle Council to release a report commissioned by MLA on its R&D. This audit, completed early June, has been kept in-house, away from the main stakeholders. This veil of secrecy is in direct contrast to past MLA commissioned reports, which were gushing in their praise, and were quickly released to the public...

15 Aug 2013

UST press release

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Well it's finally happened; our (prescribed) "Industry" representatives have gone completely mad and their (prescribed) representative status must be immediately removed. Sydney's Daily Telegraph runs the story today (01/04/2013) headlined "Animal Health Australia wants cattle dogs used to the minimum" that states in the very first paragraph...

14 Aug 2013

Wool grower says mulesing is 'a no-go area'- ABC Rural (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

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The Australian Wool Exchange is calling for feedback from the industry of how the National Wool Declaration might be improved. A Western Australian wool producer says the mulesing status component of the National Wool Declaration (NWD) isn't necessary. The Australian Wool Exchange is calling for feedback from the industry on how the NWD might be improved...

13 Aug 2013

Wool declaration review

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THE National Wool Declaration is being reviewed two years since its last critique. The declaration was introduced by the Australian Wool Exchange in 2008 to get accurate information into the marketplace about wool in the wake of the concern about mulesing. Initially reviewed each year up until 2011, AWEX chief executive Mark Grave said it got to the point where it was changed little, so that is why it had been left for two years...

09 Aug 2013

Different breeds, different management?

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Condition scoring ewes can help producers assess if ewes - whether Merinos or non-Merinos - are receiving adequate nutrition and are on track to optimising their reproductive performance. But does that nutritional management need to be the same - regardless of breed?.

07 Aug 2013

July red meat exports to China - highest on record

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Australian red meat (beef and veal, lamb, mutton and goat) exports to China during July reached the highest monthly volume on record, at 23,057 tonnes swt, compared to 4,110 tonnes swt in July 2012 (Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries)...

02 Aug 2013

Tempers flare over sheep trade restrictions

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At the state border between Apsley in western Victoria and Hynam in south-east South Australia, there's a big 'Welcome to Victoria' sign that's been vandalised. Someone has also taken a spray can to the 'Welcome to South Australia' sign on the opposite side of the road. The sheep, grazing on either side of the fences, certainly aren't aware there's anything different between one green paddock and the next...

01 Aug 2013

Recess auction surprises

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Wool sellers embraced the chance to market their wool this week despite auctions being in recess, with 6000 bales on offer at an AuctionsPlus online sale. Both fleece and skirtings prices held very firm at the inaugural recess auction, which peaked at 1119 cents per kilogram greasy, and had a clearance rate of just over 85 per cent. The top line was consigned by Tasmanian marketers Roberts Ltd...

29 Jul 2013

Stud merino breeders say no to new welfare rules

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Stud merino breeders have rejected the need to enshrine sheep welfare in law. Sheep producers are being asked to comply with new welfare standards, and there are guidelines to help them. They cover mulesing of lambs, handling of sheep and how to kill animals humanely...

29 Jul 2013

New England sires shine

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It was a rare chance to see the progeny of 15 merino sires side by side. A field day in Armidale, northern New South Wales, showcased hundreds of lambs that were born on the same property and having been growing under the same pastoral and climatic conditions...

29 Jul 2013

Royal bub wrapped in Aussie merino wool

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The royal baby was wrapped in a white shawl made from Australian merino wool when Prince William and Kate showed him off to the world for the first time. The future British king gave what appeared to be a tiny royal wave from within the shawl as the Duchess of Cambridge held him in front of a wall of photographers outside St Mary's Hospital on Tuesday evening. The shawl was made by a small family-run company called GH Hurt Son based in Nottingham...

29 Jul 2013

Wool and the Gang Raises $2.8 Million, Aims to 'Reboot Home Manufacturing'

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Today, BoF can report that knitwear brand Wool and the Gang has raised a $2.8 million round of funding led by Index Ventures and Wellington Partners. LONDON, United Kingdom - Wool and the Gang is set to announce a $2.8 million seed round led by Index Ventures and Wellington Partners, with the participation of MMC Ventures and a number of other investors from the technology and retail space...

29 Jul 2013

Stripped Bare: Brands Move Toward Transparency and Traceability

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From Bruno Pieters's Honest By to Nudie Jeans to sportswear giant Nike, certain fashion and apparel brands are going against the grain and starting to embrace greater transparency and traceability across the supply chain. BoF reports. LONDON, United Kingdom - Only a few years ago, someone like Bruno Pieters would have been called a stargazing idealist or a charismatic fanatic...

23 Jul 2013

Trisolfen gains Over the Counter status

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On 28th June, The Australia Federal agency, Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA), gave the green light that Trisolfen should be available to be sold over the counter (OTC) to woolgrowers via normal retail outlets. It is thought that retails sales will be available after February 2014...

15 Jul 2013

Winter 2013 Newsletter

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The sheep industry has been debating Ovine Johnes Disease control recently. Petali has a property biosecurity plan, commenced 1998, that is Monitored Negative 3 (MN3), the highest level in the Market Assurance Program. Petali is also included in the New England regional biosecurity plan known as NTRBA...

15 Jul 2013

Worms turn as hi-tech genes save flock

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WALCHA sheepman Martin Oppenheimer is as proud of his own pedigree as he is of the lineage and reputation of the stud merino sheep his family has bred since 1868. But the fifth-generation NSW grazier admits that if it weren't for the adoption of some hi-tech modern genetics and selection techniques, it would be impossible for him to continue to breed and farm sheep on the high-altitude New England Tablelands where he lives...

12 Jul 2013

RFID defeat welcomed

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THE defeat of a resolution supporting the introduction of mandatory Electronic Identification (EID) of sheep at last month's Victorian Farmers' Federation conference has been welcomed by NSW Farmers. In a statement, NSW Farmers' Goat Committee chair Katie Davies said it was clear that producers around the country still questioned the value of electronic tags for sheep and goats...

11 Jul 2013

Wools sheds 36c/kg

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Boorowa woolgrower and real estate agent Jack Ryan had planned to sell his wool after the three-week recess, but given the micron indicator dipped almost 60 cents a kilogram last week for 19-micron wool at the Sydney sales, he is reconsidering his options. The wool market has entered the new financial year on a downer, losing a massive 36 cents a kilogram off the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) to close at 1011c/kg...

10 Jul 2013

The Creative Class | Vincent Darre, Artistic Director and Interior Designer

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PARIS, France - "I'm very linked to the surrealist and Dadaist universes, it's what I love. The surrealists were the first punks, they didn't have any boundaries." So says Vincent Darre, a true Parisian eccentric and fashion's favourite punk polymath. "I do furniture, I love it. I do interior design, I love it. I do magazine editing, I love it..."

05 Jul 2013

Worm-resistant flocks a win for producers

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Selecting rams with a negative yearling worm egg count (YWEC) of -60 or more can transform an entire flock's natural worm resistance within seven years, cutting control costs and boosting production. If you could find a ram with naturally high worm resistance that also produced offspring with high muscling and a good dressingout percentage, it would make sense to take him home...

05 Jul 2013

New OJD plan takes effect

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THE NSW government's decision to make the new sheep health statement (SHS) a voluntary requirement for movements of restocker sheep has met with mixed reaction from industry. The new SHS is part of the new Ovine Johne's Disease (OJD) national management plan, which came into effect on Monday. Last week NSW Primary Industries Minister Katrina Hodgkinson announced that the SHS would no longer be mandatory in that State.

04 Jul 2013

Wool season closes low

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THE wool selling season closed on a sombre note with the Eastern Market Indicator losing 19 cents a kilogram to close at 1047c/kg. There were 37,984 bales offered last week with 13.1 per cent passed in - up 7.8 per cent on the previous week's pass in rate. Australian Wool Exchange senior market analyst Lionel Plunkett said the closing figure was a fair reflection of the season, as the EMI had averaged 1037c/kg over 113 selling days. He said the average was well short of the previous season - a 13.7pc drop when comparing season-on-season...

02 Jul 2013

A Wave of Men's Only Flagships

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LONDON, United States - A glamorous Kate Moss stares lasciviously from a framed photograph on the wall, while chairs upholstered in rich brocade evoke an 18th-century Italian salon. One floor below, an antique glass cabinet contains a briefcase made out of black crocodile skin next to an equally opulent condom-holder and a tasteful picture of a bare-breasted beauty nicked from a vintage copy of Playboy...

27 Jun 2013

Wild dogs may eliminate Pastoral zone sheep production within 40 years

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Without a substantial and co-ordinated effort, wild dogs may eliminate the sheep industry from entire pastoral zone of Australia within 30-40 years. The extent of the wild dog expansion across Australia is outlined in a new scientific review by Ben Allen and Peter West from the Invasive Animals CRC published in this month's Australian Veterinary Journal...

26 Jun 2013

Legal questions over new Sheep Health Statement

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Sheep producers on the Southern Tablelands of NSW are seeking legal advice about the industry's National Management Plan for the sheep wasting disease, ovine Johne's. The new plan is due to come into effect next week, but there is some confusion over the legal obligations of the industry's new Sheep Health Statement. Sheep farmer Stan Waldren says producers are unsure if the statement is mandatory or not and they're also concerned about the possible legal ramifications of signing the form...

26 Jun 2013

WoolProducers backs CRC bid

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WOOLPRODUCERS Australia has pledged $750K for the extension of the Co-operative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation. With the five-year extension bid of the Sheep CRC due to be lodged by the end of the month, WoolProducers believe the research work undertaken by the CRC is "crucial". WoolProducers chief executive Jane Brownbill denied the pledge was a reaction to Australian Wool Innovation not supporting the extension bid, but the group has previously voiced its disappointment over that decision...

24 Jun 2013

Membership is tough gig

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MEMBERS of the NSW Farmers Association have abandoned the organisation in droves. But the Victorian and West Australian state farming organisations have managed to stabilise their membership bases. An internal NSWFA memo obtained by The Weekly Timesshows the farm body has lost 2300 members - believed to be about a quarter of its membership - since early 2011. The memo states 1800 members left the organisation during 2011 and 2012 and at least another 500 have quit this year...

24 Jun 2013

As Brazilians Rise, Stop Belo Monte!

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Brazilians are angry - many people lack access to healthcare, quality education and reliable services while their politicians receive huge salaries and tax monies are allegedly diverted into payoffs and corrupt business deals. A recent increase in bus fares to help fund the lavish hosting of the 2014 World Cup has pushed the Brazilian public over the edge, launching sweeping protests across major cities. Nearly 250,000 on Monday night alone!

20 Jun 2013

Cool Wool highlights Merino at Lords

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The bespoke tailors of Savile Row and The Woolmark Company have presented the modern face of British elegance to an international audience of buyers and journalists. The tailored collection represents a combination of beautiful materials - principally Australian Merino wool and fine lightweight Cool Wool together with first class craftsmanship. The presentation a reminder that London is the world capital of masculine style, and has been for over two centuries...

18 Jun 2013

Changes made to NVD subsidy to support investment in market access

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From July 1 sheep producers will be required to pay for National Vendor Declaration (NVD) books they must use for livestock transactions. For the past nine years, sheep NVDs have been available to producers free of charge with costs subsidised by the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) from National Residue Survey (NRS) levies...

18 Jun 2013

London Collections: Men | If You Build It, They Will Come - But Will They Buy?

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LONDON, United Kingdom - Tomorrow, at 5pm, London Collections: Men will enter its third season. In one year Dylan Jones, editor of GQ (UK) and chair of London Collections: Men, with strong support from the British Fashion Council (BFC) and Britain's menswear industry, has succeeded in establishing the showcase as an important event on the international fashion calendar, creating palpable industry-wide excitement amidst a rapidly expanding luxury menswear market...

18 Jun 2013

Winter Lamb marking, Royal Oak, NSW

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Video: Winter Lamb marking, Royal Oak, NSW

15 Jun 2013

Call to change patent law after US gene ruling

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Human genes will no longer be controlled by private companies in America after a landmark ruling by the country's highest court. The decision overturns thousands of US gene patents, and may have ramifications for an Australian case that is under way challenging the so-called breast cancer gene patent. Advocates for cancer patients, lawyers and pathologists are celebrating the US decision, and have called on the Australian government to amend the Patent Act to reflect the ruling. Rebecca Gilsenan, the principal lawyer at the firm fighting the Australian patent, Maurice Blackburn, said the US decision was exciting and encouraging...

14 Jun 2013

SA's tough new OJD measures

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THE South Australian Government has imposed new trading rules for sheep entering SA to control Ovine Johne's Disease (OJD). From July 1 this year, a completed national Sheep Health Statement will be a mandatory requirement for movement of sheep into and within the state, and vaccination of sheep for OJD without whole of flock testing will no longer be a pathway for entry into SA...

13 Jun 2013

AWI 'won't fund failure'

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AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation won't budge from its decision to pull the plug on a funding extension to the Sheep Co-operative Research Centre (Sheep CRC) saying it won't pay for failure. AWI chief executive officer Stuart McCullough was questioned at a recent Senate estimates committee hearing into why AWI had controversially turned its back on the Sheep CRC's extension bid. Mr McCullough initially cited AWI's discontent with the Sheep CRC's administration model but later added the CRC had failed to meet two agreed milestones which AWI still had to fund...

12 Jun 2013

TGA submission attachment 3

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Dear Mr. Morgan: Thank you for providing us the Australian industry response dated 7 February 2011 to the U.S. retail/brand position paper on mulesing. We appreciate the explanation of actions the Australian industry is taking to address the mulesing issue. The letter did not, however, address many of the points in our position paper, including our proposed 2013 timeframe as a target date for the industry to adopt mulesing alternatives...

12 Jun 2013

TGA submission attachment 2

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Woolnews.net spoke with Paolo Zegna in South Africa at the International Mohair Summit held last month. Mr Zegna is the Chairman of Ermenegildo Zegna, sponsor of the Ermenegildo Zegna Mohair Trophy. The company started in 1910 and today employs over 6000 people worldwide and is a leading multinational company with products from spinning and weaving and to retailing luxury clothing. The company supplies its products to 525 mono-brand stores of which 253 are directly operated under the Ermenegildo Zegna name in over 80 countries worldwide...

12 Jun 2013

TGA submission attachment 1

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A message from major wool processors to Australian woolgrowers. ?We, the undersigned, the major processors of Australian wool, are concerned at the continuing decline of Australian wool production, which is the lifeblood of our businesses. We understand that many of you are considering a further reduction, or to stop altogether. The Australian Wool Industry Taskforce has announced that mulesing will cease by the end of 2010, even though no commercial alternative is available to save sheep from deadly flystrike...

11 Jun 2013

AWGA Submission to TGA re rescheduling of Trisolfen from S4 to S6 Status

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The Australian Woolgrowers Association (AWGA) is one of national peak bodies representing the Australian wool industry. AWGA strongly recommends rescheduling of TriSolfen to S6 status as a matter of wool industry priority given that the industry is united behind such a sensible and timely move by the TGA...

06 Jun 2013

In wool we trust: Mover makes a Woolmark

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A simple but defined statement is how Swiss sports brand Mover describes its relationship with the natural, renewable fibre: In wool we trust. More than a catch-cry, Mover has long believed in the natural benefits of wool as a superior and lightweight breathable thermoregulator. The company has been at the forefront of skiwear for many years, being a pioneer in the use of wool filling rather than synthetic fibres...

6 Jun 2013

Video: Kiss for a coffee

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Pucker up. This Aussie cafe is letting couples pay for their coffee with a pash. But it has to be real and staff are off limits. "We're not accepting your money, just your kisses," the cafe declares on Facebook. So put your $3.50 away, your morning fix is on them. From 9am-11am every morning in June, Metro St James cafe in Sydney is doing its bit to keep the romance alive as the temperatures drop. Unfortunately, the staff aren't getting in on the action - so you'll have to find a partner to take along. Office flirtation? This may be your chance to plant one on your morning coffee buddy...

01 Jun 2013

Mad cow alarm raised over European beef imports to Australia

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Fears over mad cow disease still exist. (AP Pic Delmi Alvarez) Source: Supplied A MAD cow expert has raised the alarm over beef imports from Europe, urging Australia not to "lower its guard" against the brain-wasting disease. Neurology professor Colin Masters, executive director of the Mental Health Research Institute at the University of Melbourne, has warned that some British cattle are still contracting mad cow disease.

31 May 2013

Greens push animal bill

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Greens' Animal Welfare spokesperson and NSW Senator Lee Rhiannon and Greens' Deputy Leader Adam Bandt address the media on Monday. The Australian Greens have moved to gazump the federal Labor government's planned Independent Office of Animal Welfare and make it an election issue. The Greens are frustrated at the lack of progress on plans to establish the Office and promote greater animal welfare rights, following a resolution passed at the ALP's National Conference in November 2011...

27 May 2013

Merino turns super natural at Rebel Sport

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Three great Australian success stories have united to offer Australians a unique range of sporting apparel. Merino wool, the Woolmark logo and Australia's leading sporting retailer Rebel have announced Australian Merino wool can now be found at over 90 Rebel stores nationwide. The new Super Natural Australian Merino sports collection for both men and women contains Woolmark Blend quality fabrics that have been created using the latest knitting technology...

27 May 2013

100 million see Finland's Krista Siegfrids lesbian kiss at Eurovision

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An estimated 100 million TV viewers have seen Finland's Krista Siegfrids kiss one of her female dancers at the end of her Eurovision performance. Siegfrids was performing her song Marry Me as one of 26 acts in the finals of the camp annual European Song Contest which this year is being held in Malmo, Sweden. As the show goes out live across the world, it is believed all audiences would have seen the kiss.

27 May 2013

From Brooklyn to Mumbai to London, Bespoke Tailoring Shows Signs of Growth

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Seizing on a widespread return to more formal dressing, small and medium-sized tailoring studios across the world are growing successful businesses. BoF spoke to three young tailors in Brooklyn, Mumbai and London. On a quiet street in Brooklyn, the demand for handmade suits from the area's concentration of young professionals is so high that a husband-and-wife team of haberdashers has moved their base of operations to a larger space just to keep up...

27 May 2013

Week in Review | The Rise of Wearable Tech, Overcapitalised Start-Ups, Geek Brands in Japan, Transnational Tailoring Trend, Clouds in Australia

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LONDON, United Kingdom - The fashion business is both an increasingly global industry and one being transformed by technology, and never was that more clear than this week on BoF. Following our recent analysis on fashion companies' absence from the growing wearable technology space, Credit Suisse published a new report saying that the market for wearable devices - such as Nike's motion-tracking FuelBand, Google's Internet-connected eyewear and Apple's rumoured smartwatch - is set to grow by ten fold, from between $3 to $5 billion today to between $30 to $50 billion in the next five years...

24 May 2013

In Japan, the Rise of 'Geek Brands'

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There are more single or childless Japanese men in their 30s and 40s than ever before. The affluent and well paid among them have the time and money to indulge their most esoteric whims, whether in hobbies or consumer goods. A host of new brands and stores have emerged to serve them. One of the latest is H Tokyo, a tiny store devoted entirely to men's handkerchiefs. JapanConsuming investigates...

23 May 2013

Right Brain, Left Brain | Clouds Looming Over Australian Fashion

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BoF's editor-in-chief reports from Sydney, Australia, on a local fashion market that's being radically reshaped by the arrival of global fast fashion chains and the meteoric growth of international e-tailers. On my last trip to Sydney, a wave of international e-commerce and high-street arrivals were just starting to take hold in Australia...

23 May 2013

Eurovision 2013 Final: Denmark

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Video: http://www.sbs.com.au/eurovision/video/eurovision-2013-final-denmark_30283331586

20 May 2013

Mulesing: a cruel dilemma

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The Australian wool industry is set to once more come under fire for the controversial procedure known as mulesing. Animal rights activists are warning the industry that they are readying to relaunch their campaign against retailers who sell wool from mulesed sheep. "We're giving them until the 1st of January 2014," says the Animal Justice Party's Mark Pearson, "otherwise the campaign will be ramped up and reinvigorated."...

20 May 2013

Global Luxury Goods Market to Cool in 2013, Says Bain & Company

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PARIS, France - Growth in sales of luxury goods is expected to ease slightly this year, hit by subdued spending in Europe and slower growth in China, consultancy Bain & Co said in a study on Thursday. Bain, whose forecasts are closely watched by the industry, sees luxury goods growth cooling worldwide to 4 to 5 percent in 2013 from 5 percent last year at constant exchange rates...

20 May 2013

Spoiler Alert: Eurovision 2013 Winner Announced

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Emmelie de Forest has won the 2013 Eurovision Song Competition for Denmark with her song Only Teardrops. In a bizarre situation, the host of the event announced Denmark as the winner before the remaining votes from Cyprus and Croatia were counted. With Denmark 47 votes ahead of second place this didn't turn out to be a problem. 20-year-old De Forest was the bookies favourite leading into the final. Speaking on Danish Television, De Forest said "This is totally fantastic... I'm so happy"...

20 May 2013

Getting the right people on the bus

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New Zealand Merino Company CEO John Brakenridge discusses the role leadership and collaboration have has played in helping transform the traditional, production-led merino industry into a market-orientated culture that can deliver, create and capture value. My take on leadership is that it's about making things happen that don't happen naturally. In the New Zealand Merino industry, this has meant constantly challenging the status quo to flip a very traditional, production-led industry on its head and bring about a market-orientated culture that can deliver, create and capture value...

14 May 2013

Zegna Discusses Mulesing

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Prerecorded report by Sarina Locke about a fully funded tour of the superfine wool industry for 160 international journalists. Paolo Zegna, head of an Italian fashion house, speaks about the Zenga award winning word of the Hundy family. Interviewees: Paolo Zegna, head of an Italian fashion house; Andrew Hundy, Wool Grower...

14 May 2013

AWGA slams welfare draft

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HE draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for sheep is outdated and unworkable and needs to go back to ?the drawing board, says the Australian Wool Growers ?Association (AWGA). A 60-day period for submissions on the draft to the federal governing body, Animal Health Australia (AHA), closed on Monday...

08 May 2013

Yum says not affected by China mutton scandal

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(Reuters) - Yum Brands Inc on Monday said its roughly 450 Little Sheep hot pot restaurants in China are not involved in a fake mutton scandal that is the latest tainted food saga to rock the country that is the fast-food chain's largest market. The comments from Yum came shortly after Shanghai authorities said they were testing mislabeled mutton from a wholesaler a government website said supplied Little Sheep and other restaurants. "There is no evidence, none whatsoever, of any adulterated product anywhere in our system," Yum spokesman Jonathan Blum told Reuters...

08 May 2013

5 Marketing lessons from Lady Gaga

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You may love Lady Gaga. You may hate her. But no matter what, it's hard not to respect what she's done as an artist. With 23 million albums sold, five Grammy Awards, and Forbes' distinction as one of the world's most powerful celebrities, at age 27, Lady Gaga is one of the most well-known pop artists in the world. Known as much for her voice as for her over-the-top wardrobe, few people recognize Lady Gaga for her business acumen...

06 May 2013

Mulesing most effective

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MULESING clips are eight times less effective at stopping breech flystrike in adult sheep as traditional mulesing. And younger sheep with clips applied were up to 30 times more likely to be flystruck than mulesed sheep. These are some of the results of a $400,000 Australian Wool Innovation-funded 3 1/2-year study comparing the effectiveness and cost of three treatments - mulesing, polypropylene breech clips and the long-acting insecticide Clik on unmulesed sheep...

06 May 2013

Senator Barnaby Joyce- Political fiasco drawing to an end, but the pain will linger on

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It feels like the political show is rolling the credits and the crowd is leaving the cinema on this Green-Labor- independent matinee. One evening this week, Tony Windsor flagged one evening his inclination for a same-sex marriage referendum; then, the next morning, he said he was not going to raise it with the Prime Minister, nor was he going to vote for it. This was followed by some incredulous babble about Facebook, social media and all in all translated to utter confusion...

02 May 2013

Animal Australia launches new video

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Sheep urgently need you to speak out this week. The Standards for how sheep can be treated in Australia are currently open for public consultation. This means you have a great opportunity to make your voice heard.
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02 May 2013

AWGA AHA Sheep Welfare Submission

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Our organisation comprises of independent woolgrowers at a national level, having been successful in influencing the direction of the wool industry for 20 years. In the last 5 years, our board has been successful in having preferred candidates elected to the board of AWI, the nations peak research and marketing body...

29 Apr 2013

Crozier fierce supporter of foreign funds in farming

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Will Crozier is brave enough to admit he might not live to see his Chinese grain deal reach its full potential. His battle with a highly aggressive form of cancer has taken a toll on his body but not his spirit. Mr Crozier said that if the cancer did get the better of him he'd "go out with his boots on"" after shoring up one of the most significant deals in recent Australian agricultural history...

29 Apr 2013

Meet the man behind the great Chinese takeaway

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The mastermind behind China's buy-up of WA farmland as part of plans to create a direct supply chain to its hungry masses has broken his silence about the deal he pulled together while fighting for his life. Will Crozier brokered what has the potential to be one of the most significant deals in Australia's agricultural history from an office in Geelong as an aggressive cancer ripped through his body...

29 Apr 2013

Animal welfare priorities

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With consultation closing soon on the draft Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines, MLA continues to invest in research which will help producers manage any future changes. Once finalised and endorsed by governments, the Standards will be adopted into legislation, nationally. The legislation could govern how livestock producers perform routine procedures such as castration and tail docking...

29 Apr 2013

01. Introduction

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We asked CHOICE members to score 32 everyday annoyances on a scale from zero to 10 - zero meaning the experience did not annoy them at all, and 10 meaning it annoyed them tremendously. We gathered 400 responses on the first day our email was sent out and the top three complaints were, not suprisingly, all consumer- and/or product-related: hidden fees, having problems returning a faulty product under warranty, being put on hold or not being able to speak with someone on the phone...

29 Apr 2013

Australia, Stop Subjecting Lambs to Painful "Mulesing"

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Farmers are cutting large chunks of skin away from their lambs' tails in a process called mulesing: one that leaves gaping wounds as breeding grounds for potential infection. Mulesing is engineered to prevent an outbreak of flystrike, an infectious disease that starts in folds of skin and kills thousands of lambs a year. But by leaving open fissures in the animals' bodies, their risk of contracting flystrike could actually increase for several weeks after the procedure...

29 Apr 2013

Farmers hit by debt, dollar, costs

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Farmers are facing financial ruin as the high Australian dollar, soaring costs, softening commodity prices and pockets of drought leave them unable to sow their winter crops. The crisis is most acute among West Australian wheat farmers but rural communities across the country are under intense stress, triggering calls for subsidised loans for farmers who no longer meet commercial lending standards. Treasurer Wayne Swan will announce $420 million in subsidised loans for indebted farmers in north Queensland on Saturday...

29 Apr 2013

Zegna's 50th edition Wool Awards celebrated in superfine style

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To honour the 50th Anniversary of the Ermengildo Zegna Wool Awards, Ermengildo Zegna in partnership with The Woolmark Company, hosted a two-day celebration with guided visits to some of the top Australian superfine properties and culminating in a gala, multi-sensorial event held at the historic Royal Hall of Industries in Sydney's Moore Park. Journalists and media representatives from 31 countries travelled to Australia to gain an understanding and appreciation for fine Australian Merino wool...

19 Apr 2013

'The sun will still rise tomorrow': NZ MP hits out at anti-gay marriage 'bullies'

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MP Maurice Williamson used science and common sense to defend New Zealand's gay marriage bill from 'fire and brimstone' in a speech to Parliament. I want to first of all congratulate Louisa Wall for this bill, the Marriage (Definition of Marriage) Amendment Bill, and I want to say that the good news about years spent in this Parliament is that you learn to deflect all of the dreadful fire and brimstone accusations that are going to happen...

19 Apr 2013

Mad Men on the Couch: A Psychiatrist Analyzes Don and Roger

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Don Draper has reinvented himself time and again — yet every time he sheds his skin, the same old Don eventually emerges. In the final scene of the season-six premiere, we saw him hopping into bed with another woman, confirming that his fidelity to Megan was as short-lived as those bottles of Scotch in his office...

19 Apr 2013

Genetic selection 'will end need for mulesing'

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SHEEP welfare guidelines currently being drafted have failed to include genetic selection as an alternative to mulesing and in turn, put at risk the opportunities available from emerging markets for the Merino sector. Veterinarian and developer of the Soft Rolling Skin (SRS) system, Dr Jim Watts, said in a statement he was astounded the Welfare Standards Writing Group omits genetic selection as an alternative to mulesing and the reference it makes to genetic progress in this direction as being “slow” to achieve...

18 Apr 2013

AWEX Report 18-4-3

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The wool market returned to the positive side of the ledger this week for the first time since early March. Falling for twelve consecutive days before the first rise on Wednesday, the run of losses equalled the longest losing streak in the AWEX-EMI since its inception in 1995. Over that period the EMI fell 127 cents, or 11.4%...

18 Apr 2013

Wool crashes as China stops buying uniforms

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Wool prices have fallen 10 per cent in the past three months, and 6 per cent just last week, partly because China has stopped buying uniforms. The average price for wool is now less than a dollar a kilo. Two years ago, it peaked at $1.50 a kilo. The economic crisis in Europe has influenced China, Australia's major buyer, to cut government spending. Elders wool sales manager Lachie Brown says this includes not buying woollen uniforms for millions of government workers...

17 Apr 2013

2013 PPP Conference

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Dear Chick, Thank you for attending the 2013 PPP Conference. I hope you found it of value and that you were able to reconnect with old friends and make some new acquaintances. I trust you had a safe journey back home and that you have now had time to reflect on this year’s themes, presentations and field trips. I have already had several emails from PPP members expressing their thoughts and their feedback. All positive I can report. The team is currently collating all the feedback so, please, if you have any comments or suggestions do send them through to either Sabina or Lisa...

17 Apr 2013

Making ag's voice heard

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Fairfax Agricultural Media's Big Issues feature covers 10 big challenges facing rural Australia. This issue: FARM VOICE. AGRICULTURE'S voice in Canberra desperately needs more money to have any chance of matching the decibel levels of other peak industry lobbies and noisy special interest groups. Canberra is where most of the key decisions affecting industry are now made by a parliament whose members are, by and large, out of touch with agriculture...

16 Apr 2013

Dear AWGA, from DAFF

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Thank you for your email to the department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. The draft standards and guidelines for cattle, and for sheep are currently available for public comment. More information about the public consultation can be found athttp://www.animalwelfarestandards.net.au/ which also includes the links for the associated documents...

15 Apr 2013

Zanda McDonald farewelled

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BEEF industry leader Zanda McDonald was farewelled in Cloncurry on Thursday afternoon. Some 500 people turned out in the north west Queensland town to attend the funeral of one of the industry's most respected and popular identities. The eulogy was delivered by Zanda's father, Don McDonald. There was only one venue in the 41-year-old's home town that was ever going to be big enough for his funeral...

08 Apr 2013

Zanda: his life, his legacy

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The beef industry is reeling at the shock of losing one of its true giants and mourning for 'what might have been' had the life of Zanda McDonald not tragically stopped this week at 41 years too young. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=QtnCRXnlfDs. Zanda McDonald was a man of vision and a man of action, whose plans and passion for his family business were as big as his sprawling North Queensland holdings...

15 Mar 2013

AWI and the direction of our wool industry

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For the last few years, I have been lucky enough to gain an insight into our industry and the special men and women that make up our wool industry. However, I have also seen that the governance of our industry needs new blood, and that AWI has grown introverted and inefficient. Despite the smoke and mirrors, these are the facts...

08 Mar 2013

Animal welfare groups ready to restart ani- muslesing campaign

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It was an issue that tied up the Australian wool industry - the campaign ten years ago by animal welfare groups to end the practice of mulesing. Mulesing is where parts of a sheep's backside are cut off to prevent flystrike, but it's a practice that some have labelled cruel and unnecessary...

05 Mar 2013

BOM to use new model

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AUSTRALIA'S top weather forecasters will soon shift to a new dynamic climate model as the use of historical records becomes a less reliable guide in a warming world. From May, the Bureau of Meteorology will issue its winter weather outlook based on its Predictive Ocean Atmosphere Model for Australia (POAMA). POAMA uses current data on ocean and atmosphere conditions - such as sub-surface sea temperatures - to create its forecasts...

03 Mar 2013

The Triumph Of The Pissed Off

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Beppe Grillo says Europe’s political establishment should thank his movement for providing a valve for Italian frustrations. From Brussels to Rome, his political opponents dismiss him — at their peril — as a clown, but Beppe Grillo, the Italian comedian-turned-activist movement, is nothing if not a man of his word. When The Global Mail talked to him for a few hours last May, he told us his grassroots Five Star Movement (M5S), had just had its ‘Stalingrad’ moment, and that ‘Berlin’ was next.

22 Feb 2013

The babies who nap in sub-zero temperatures

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Would you put your baby or toddler outside in the freezing cold for their lunchtime nap? Most Nordic parents wouldn't give it a second thought. For them it's part of their daily routine. Daytime temperatures this winter in Stockholm have regularly dropped to -5C (23F) but it's still common to see children left outside by their parents for a sleep in the pram...

18 Feb 2013

Is AWI failing The Woolmark?

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With news of the recent Woolmark prize being awarded in London this week, it’s easy for growers to be dazzled by all the glitz and flashness of such an event, but in reality, are such events helping wool in real terms? Are such activities benefiting growers? The Woolmark logo is one of the most recognised fashion brands in the world, once the symbol of woolgrowers’ power and prosperity. AWI was given this famous brand almost 7 years ago, entrusted by The Federal Government with its financial and commercial well being. Has AWI been a good steward and custodian?

18 Feb 2013

Wijnants wins Woolmark Prize

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UPDATE: BELGIAN designer Christian Wijnants has won the 2013 International Woolmark Prize. And while the star-studded fashion event is a long way from the Australian paddock's which produce the wool, AWI's chief executive Stuart McCullough said the original investment of $1.5 million into the prize had already generated $27 million in media value - a figure which he expects will triple now the winner has been announced. "We are delighted with the result,'' Mr McCullough said.

18 Feb 2013

Will reason prevail in mulesing?

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DO reason, common sense and the weight of evidence win in the end? Not always, but at least in the case of mulesing they might be making a comeback. Back in 2004 the radical animal rights group PETA launched a campaign against the sheep industry based on its opposition to mulesing. Targeting major clothing retailers in Europe and the US, it threatened to initiate a worldwide boycott of Australian wool unless the practice was stopped...

13 Feb 2013

Does Australia need a new political party dedicated to Agriculture?

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Poll. 79% say Yes. 21% say No.

13 Feb 2013

Farmers’ first-rate argument

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A HORSHAM farmer's refusal to pay his full rate bill, in protest against municipal rates, throws the spotlight on the three tiers of government. Sadly, buck-passing between governments is not restricted to crucial areas, such as health funding. Neville McIntyre's protest is a bold move, and one that is likely to cost him money...

12 Feb 2013

Chick not hatching plans

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CHICK Olsson has ruled out establishing a new federal political party focused 100 per cent on agriculture. But the high profile wool grower says he wants to see greater pressure applied on Canberra during the federal election campaign, to produce a better deal for the nation’s farmers...

12 Feb 2013

It's Prince Charles, the all-round entertainer

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Showing George Osborne, the Chancellor, that it is possible to get laughs without turning the air blue, the Prince of Wales had his audience in stitches at the launch of Wool Modern, an exhibition for the Campaign for Wool at La Galleria in Pall Mall. “I discovered a company that makes woollen coffins — coffins, ladies and gentlemen, to die for. They are well worth investigation,” he joshed. Of the two men who run the campaign, initiated by the prince, he observed: “I’m grateful to Nicholas Coleridge and John Thorley, I suppose you might call them the Ant and Dec of the wool world...”

11 Feb 2013

The Campaign for Wool announces the world's largest showcase of wool: WOOL HOUSE

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Wool House will present a stunning showcase of wool for interiors, fashion and the world of artisan and craft making highlighting the beauty and versatility of the fibre across many sectors. Featuring rooms from leading interior designers, unique installations by acclaimed artists and an array of stunning textiles in the world's largest and most innovative celebration of real wool...

06 Feb 2013

Rural revival in politicians' hands

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CHICK OLSSON explains what Australian agriculture needs from Canberra Australia has two big things going for it. One is mining, the second is agriculture. We do these things very well. No one can touch us, yet agriculture receives very little support even though our farmers offer world-class produce and clean food security. Coalition forces take it for granted that they will get agriculture's vote as there has been very little choice for our farmers, most of them being hung out to dry by successive governments...

06 Feb 2013

Ag party a step closer

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EXCLUSIVE: A NEW political party to solely represent farmers is likely to be launched in time for September's federal election. Outspoken wool grower Chick Olsson wants to form the party to be a new force in Canberra. Does Australian need a party dedicated to agriculture? READ MORE: Ag needed on political agenda. READ MORE: Katter's eyes on rural Victoria...

04 Feb 2013

ASBVs key to worm resistance at Petali

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Selecting breeding stock with superior in-built resistance to worms is delivering improved growth rates and more resilient lambs for New England breeder Martin Oppenheimer. Mr Oppenheimer runs the Petali Poll Merino and White Suffolk studs at Walcha, where the high summer rainfall presents an annual challenge in controlling populations of parasites such as Barber’s Pole or Haemonchus contortus, which can have a devastating effect on productivity if left unchecked...

04 Feb 2013

50 Jaw-Dropping Pharmaceutical, Biotech, and Life Science Statistics

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Without question, I understand how intimidating the pharmaceutical, biotech, and life science sector can be for those without a background in science. If it's not the science and discovery process itself, or the cross- company collaborations, simply trying to accurately spell or pronounce experimental drug names will almost certainly send most investors running for the hills...

04 Feb 2013

A Bloody Beaut Little Aussie Poem

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The sun was hot already - it was only 8 o'clock, the cocky took off in his Ute, to go and check his stock. He drove around the paddocks checking wethers, ewes and lambs, The float valves in the water troughs, the windmills on the dams.

He stopped and turned a windmill on to fill a water tank, and saw a ewe down in the dam, a few yards from the bank. "Typical bloody sheep," he thought, "they've got no common sense, "They won't go through a gateway but they'll jump a bloody fence."..

28 Jan 2013

Study backs mulesing

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UNMULESED sheep treated with a long-acting insecticide are protected from breech-strike but mulesed sheep are far easier to manage, a study by University of Melbourne’s Mackinnon Project has found. And as a result, mulesing is still the most cost-effective form of long-term flystrike prevention...

24 Jan 2013

Anti-flystrike insecticide no silver bullet:grazer

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Woolgrowers aren't getting carried away with research that's shown insecticide is an effective alternative to mulesing. University of Melbourne researchers found the insecticide, which has been around for more than 20 years, was equally if not more effective at preventing flystrike than mulesing. Mulesing involves cutting excess skin off a lamb's rear to reduce the chance of maggots eating into the animal's flesh, killing the sheep painfully if left untreated...

24 Jan 2013

Mulesing most effective

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MULESING clips are eight times less effective at stopping breech flystrike in adult sheep as traditional mulesing. And younger sheep with clips applied were up to 30 times more likely to be flystruck than mulesed sheep. These are some of the results of a $400,000 Australian Wool Innovation-funded 3 1/2-year study comparing the effectiveness and cost of three treatments - mulesing, polypropylene breech clips and the long-acting insecticide Clik on unmulesed sheep...

23 Jan 2013

Insecticide works better than mulesing

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A three-year study comparing the controversial practice of mulesing sheep with two alternatives has found a more effective treatment to prevent flystrike. Mulesing is where excess skin on a lambs breech is cut off, to avoid the presence of dirty wool into which flies can lay their eggs. If left untreated, the hatched maggots will eat into the sheep's flesh and eventually kill the animal...

17 Jan 2013

CliMAte app helps put farmers under the weather

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There’s a new iTunes app called CliMate that can help Australian farmers make better decisions about their farming operations based on recent weather and likely climate probabilities. The free app allows farmers to quickly interrogate the last 60 years of daily rainfall, temperature and radiation data for their location...

09 Jan 2013

Wool Growers Butt heads with industry body

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Relations in the country’s already fraught wool industry have taken a turn for the worse, with one farmers’ group threatening the main industry body with a freedom of information request if it fails to release details of a recent vote on a levy farmers have to pay...

06 Jan 2013

AWGA - Telegraph Magazine

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The Prince holds up a piece of tweed. "That's my overcoat!" He looks up at the paper patterns hanging from racks, like laundry. "So when you drop off the perch, so does the pattern?"

04 Jan 2013

Dragon's growing hunger for beef

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THE building of trade relations with China began in the Whitlam era, when in December 1972, during his first press conference as prime minister, Gough Whitlam announced the Australian Government was to open negotiations with China. In parallel, the 1970s in Australia marked the beginning of the expansion of the feedlot industry, with the building and commissioning of several new large feedlots such as Beef City at Purrawunda near Toowoomba around the same time...

04 Jan 2013

Wool's Expectations

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THE outlook for the Australian wool market in 2012 was promising. Following 2011, a year of robust and relatively steady prices with continued talk of Chinese growth, increased demand and a lower supply, all things were pointing to the good times continuing for wool in 2012. It was clearly not that simple...

 
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