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6 Dec 2014

Zanda McDonald's legacy in the Outback

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Keep this. Read it when you're ready, this story about your father told by those who knew him well, this story told for you.

27 Nov 2014

Update from Federal Member Kelly O'Dwyer

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Earlier this year the Treasurer, the Hon Joe Hockey MP, invited the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Economics to conduct an inquiry into Australia's foreign investment framework as it applies to residential real estate.

25 Nov 2014

O'Farrell to retire from politics

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Former NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell will not contest next year's State election.

21 Nov 2014

AWI defends marketing budget

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Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chief executive Stuart McCullough has defended the company's commitment of levy payers money to marketing the fibre globally.

21 Nov 2014

AWGA slams AWI spending

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"AWI continues to fail in addressing the key issues which threaten our industry."

21 Nov 2014

Australian Wool Innovation draws down on reserves to fund marketing, research

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Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has drawn down $14 million on its reserves in the past financial year to pay for marketing and research.

19 Nov 2014

Lamb demand intensifies as TFI goes to 480c/kg on grid

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Competition for quality lambs intensified this week with national processor Thomas Foods International lifting their lamb grid price to 480c/kg for early December delivery.

18 Nov 2014

ENSO Wrap-Up

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Tropical Pacific Ocean moves closer to El Nino. The Pacific Ocean has shown some renewed signs of El Nino development in recent weeks.

17 Nov 2014

AWI welcomes effort on China FTA

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Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) welcomes today's announcement finalising the Free Trade Agreement between Australia and China.

14 Nov 2014

Win-win message from China's leader

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The magnificent land of Australia has attracted worldwide attention with its exotic, charming landscape, dynamic economy, vibrant people and diversified culture.

11 Oct 2014

He is the Prince of Sales

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Prince George sparks craze for wool baby clothes as parents rush to copy toddler royal's style.

09 Oct 2014

WIAA 100 Cocktails

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The inaugural WIAA 100 forum cocktail party at the Melbourne Recital Centre on October 7, 2014.

09 Oct 2014

Letter to the Editor

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AWI research deserves encouragement. Recently AWI's on farm research team finalised some highly valuable work that has the potential to increase effective kill rates on wild dog populations.

05 Oct 2014

Prince Charles boosts Britain's Wool Industry

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Prince Charles is being hailed as the Prince of Wools for helping to revitalise one of the industries that made the country great.

29 Sep 2014

Wild dog control is possible with concerted effort

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While wild dogs remain a scourge for sheep producers across Australia, results from Australian Wool Innovation's Community Wild Dog Control Initiative show progress is possible when protecting the national flock from wild dogs.

24 Sep 2014

WIAA News - conference booklet

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We are pleased to share with you the conference booklet for the WIAA National Forum that outlines a full list of speakers and the day's events.

20 Sep 2014

Sonoma County sheep rancher develops wool niche

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Valley Ford, Calif. Joe Pozzi knows sheep. Over the past 20 years he's been processing, producing and selling his locally sourced wool to produce natural products for the home.

17 Sep 2014

Prices, pests, productivity: wool's woes

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Wool Producers Australia (WPA) has given the industry a far from glowing report in its annual review, with lacklustre prospects for superfine wool and wild dog predation both major concerns.

15 Sep 2014

WIAA News

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We are pleased to announce our first round of speakers and panellists for the #WIAA2014 national forum being hosted by Emerald Grain and Fairfax Agricultural Media in Melbourne on Tuesday 7 October 2014.

10 Sep 2014

Reaching out to beat the black dog

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As the rural community reels at the tragic news of an apparent family murder-suicide on a Riverina farm, Suicide Prevention Australia is encouraging everyone to "reach out and connect" on World Suicide Prevention Day (WSPD) today.

9 Sep 2014

aden + anais partners with The Woolmark Company to release a Pure Merino Muslin collection

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Using materials certified by The Woolmark Company, US-based babywear brand aden + anais is taking luxury to the next level with their new Pure Merino Muslin collection.

14 Aug 2014

Big beyondblue bus NSW road trip

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THE Big Blue bus will be visiting Western NSW next week as part of beyondblue's National Roadshow. Beyondblue's bus tour will cover more than 30,000 kilometres across NSW, starting off with a stop in Bathurst next Monday August 18.

12 Aug 2014

Electronic tag opponents unite ahead of ABARES report

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Farmer groups and stock agents across Australia today restated their opposition to mandatory electronic tagging of sheep and goats, reiterating support for mob-based visual tag identification.

6 Aug 2014

How I would kill dogs

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For the past 10 years, we have seen migrations of wild dogs across all parts of Australia, and in most cases have only been able to 'admire' the problem.

23 July 2014

'Outrage expert' finds Joyce's PETA position one-sided

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Australia's wool industry and its supporters would gain nothing and lose much by focusing on disapproval of PETA's methods in filming shearer abuse of sheep, a world outrage expert has suggested.

17 July 2014

RSPCA says PETA is not 'fair dinkum'

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The CEO of the New South Wales RSPCA has slammed the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for delaying the release of animal cruelty footage. Steve Coleman says without this information being passed on to his organisation, or the police, those perpetrating the abuse cannot be prosecuted.

17 July 2014

Tri-Solfen could be available for shearers to use during wound stitching in the next 12 months - for 15 to 30c a procedure, says Animal Ethics

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Administering pain relief for sheep during wound stitching could cost as little as 15 cents per procedure. Animal Ethics, the company which developed anaesthetic/antiseptic Tri-Solfen alongside partner Bayer, says work is under way to make the drug available more accessible to shearers.

16 July 2014

Sheep producers can now more easily buy mulesing pain relief

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Sheep producers can now buy a mulesing pain relief product more easily thanks to a change in its scheduling. Tri-Solfen was previously only available through a veterinarian but the change means it can now be sold through Landmark stores.

16 July 2014

Former Australian Wool Innovation chair takes a swipe at the group for stalling on sheep breeding technology

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Australian Wool Innovation has come under fire from a former chairman for stalling on sheep breeding technology. Ian McLachlan, who was chairman of AWI from 2002 to 2008 and served as a Defence Minister...

15 July 2014

Wool woes strike fine end of market as prices shorn this season

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Last season was one of the worst in recent years for fine wool growers, closing at $10.66 a kilogram compared to almost $12 just two years ago.

15 July 2014

Leyonhjelm slams agriculture levy system

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Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm wants the government to review the entire marketing and research levy system for agriculture.

14 July 2014

Claim wool industry has responded poorly to welfare campaigns

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A former board director of Australian Wool Innovation says the industry isn't doing enough to manage the effects of animal welfare campaigns.

05 July 2014

Realising the Merino's meaty potential

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It was only a fortnight, but for Walcha, NSW, stud Merino producer Martin Oppenheimer a whistle stop tour of Chinese wool processing and plants...

3 July 2014

Meat and Livestock Australia to conduct review amid concerns about transparency

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Meat and Livestock Australia will review its operations in response to concerns from producers about its transparency. The move follows a recent Senate inquiry in Canberra which accused the peak research and development company of operating under "smoke and mirrors" with its director elections likened to "the Kremlin".

27 June 2014

Call for AWI levy reform

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Woolgrowers are calling for greater say in how their compulsory 2 per cent levy is spent by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).

23 June 2014

Producers cool on AWI campaigns

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Australian Wool Innovation's (AWI) overseas marketing focus to position Merino wool as a luxury fibre isn't cutting much ice with producers.

14 June 2014

Wool and Flame Resistance

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Wool has a complex composition that is based on a unique cell structure. Wool's high nitrogen and water content makes it naturally flame resistant.

14 June 2014

Wool and Biodegradability

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Wool is a natural, annually renewable fibre grown on sheep out of which a variety of products from apparel to interior textiles are manufactured.

14 June 2014

Wool's Technical Properties Showcased by Campaign for Wool Patron HRH The Prince of Wales

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HRH The Prince of Wales marked the Campaign for Wool's 5th Anniversary yesterday at Clarence House by highlighting two of wool's most beneficial technical properties - its natural flame resistance and biodegradability.

26 May 2014

El Nino likely in 2014

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The tropical Pacific Ocean continues a general trend toward El Nino, with just over half of the climate models surveyed by the Bureau suggesting El Nino thresholds will be exceeded by August.

26 May 2014

Move to free up importation of farm and vet chemicals

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The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority has been criticised for being inefficient. And at the same time, Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce has set out his expectations to the APVMA about cutting red tape.

22 May 2014

AWI needs commercial tack

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Giving "the masses" access to wool is the answer to a falling market, according to Australian Wool Growers Association director Chick Olsson.

19 May 2014

Fine wool feeling fading

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Australian Wool Innovation's Wool. No Finer Feeling campaign has been a "complete failure", according to Australian Wool Growers' Association chairman Robert McBride.

19 May 2014

World wool production is falling, with Australia expected to be down by the largest percentage

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The world will produce less wool this season and more of it will go to interior textiles. They were two of the key messages from the International Wool Textile Organisation congress in South Africa last week, where the news was mixed for the wool industry.

16 May 2014

Wool strategies 'fail' under scrutiny

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The mere suggestion that regulating wool supply to the market might be discussed by the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) board was enough to set alarm bells ringing at Robert McBride's Tolarno Station....

13 May 2014

Conchita Wurst from Austria - Winner Eurovision 2014. Song: Rise Like a Phoenix

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Conchita Wurst became the winner of Eurovision 2014 with the song "Rise like a phoenix". Read more including the lyrics to her song...

12 May 2014

The Campaign for Wool celebrates the fourth annual Australian Wool Week 2014

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The Campaign for Wool, of which HRH the Prince of Wales is patron, is proud to celebrate Wool Week with some of Australia's top fashion and design retailers, including Country Road, M.J. Bale and Sportscraft. The Campaign for Wool aims to educate consumers...

09 May 2014

Brand power, not regulation, is wool's way forward, writes Coleraine wool grower Peter Small

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IT WOULD seem one-time wool giant Sir William Gunn has been re-incarnated in the form of Wal Merriman. Mr Merriman now sounds like Sir William, who advocated a reserve price scheme for wool in the 1950s to '70s, when he cries the wool supply needs to be regulated...

08 May 2014

El Nino looms in the Pacific

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AUSTRALIA remains on course for its first El Nino in more than four years, a weather event that typically brings a drier- than-average winter and spring to much of southern Australia and active bushfire seasons by summer. Warm sub-sea water temperatures - in places as much as six degrees above normal - continue to spread eastwards in the tropical Pacific, a key precursor to an El Nino forming, the Bureau of Meteorology said...

01 May 2014

'No plan' for reserve price scheme

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CONTRARY to popular belief, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wally Merriman says it's not planning on introducing a reserve price scheme to the wool market. Last week, it was revealed Mr Merriman had floated an idea with the AWI board to regulate the supply of wool into the auction markets to help stabilise price fluctuations in the market...

30 Apr 2014

Debate over limiting wool supply

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Woolgrowers fear a return to a regulated selling system after comments by Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman that a mechanism is needed to limit supply of wool on the market. Mr Merriman says limiting supply would help keep wool prices more stable...

30 Apr 2014

AWGA Media Release

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AWGA says NO to AWI wool market interference Fine wool marketing needs major improvement Comments by the Australian Wool Innovation Chairman Wal Merriman recently flagged that research was needed to scope a return to wool market interference and a reserve mechanism to limit supply of fine wool, owing to volatility of fine wool prices. AWGA will not support this proposal for several reasons...

30 Apr 2014

Call for national management plan on wild dogs

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For the first time, agriculture research body ABARES has compiled an integrated report on the economic, social and environmental costs of increasing wild dog numbers. The study's been welcomed by the Invasive Animals Co-operative Research Centre, which is developing a national strategy to deal with the problem...

11 Apr 2014

WIAA 100: Hayley Olsson

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ORIGINALLY from a sheep farm at Goulburn, NSW, Hayley Olsson has drawn on her agricultural roots to raise awareness and funds for the homeless. The 23-year-old film maker partnered with the Australian Woolgrowers Association to raise funds to produce 1000 wool blankets for the homeless and then helped distribute them around Sydney...

09 Apr 2014

The Woolmark Company and Country Road celebrate Wool

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To increase the global demand for Australian wool, it is vital for Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) to demonstrate the key role of Australian Merino wool in the international fashion industry. Closer to home however, it is equally important to showcase the fibre of our nation's versatility in apparel available in one of Australia's most respected brands...

04 Apr 2014

Wool's downward trend continues

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AFTER suffering its biggest fall in six months last week, the wool market has taken another hit with the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) sliding a further 13 cents week-on-week to finish at 993c a kilogram on Thursday. This week's three-centre offering - the smallest for the season - stood at 34,679 bales with 11.3 per cent passed in. Increased offerings of more than 40,000 bales are expected over the next fortnight ahead of the annual Easter recess...

03 Apr 2014

Zanda McDonald's legacy

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THROUGH his public endorsements and use of topical anaesthetic on cattle being de-horned, castrated and branded on his family's properties across northern Australia, Zanda McDonald was out to prove that a little extra trouble in the yards could reap a lot of extra benefit...

01 Apr 2014

Live export contribution quantified

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A report has been commissioned to examine the value of the live sheep trade to the Australian wool industry and Western Australia in particular. The report follows a request by the Australian Wool Innovation's Industry Consultative Committee (ICC) and builds on previous work conducted for Livecorp in 2011. The Centre for International Economics found the live export industry contributes to the wool industry by underpinning the saleyard prices...

27 Mar 2014

Increased chance of El Nino from winter

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While the tropical Pacific Ocean remains El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) neutral, the chance of an El Nino occurring in 2014 has increased further. The latest climate model survey by the Bureau shows that the tropical Pacific is very likely to warm in the coming months, with most models showing sea surface temperatures reaching El Nino thresholds during the southern hemisphere winter...

27 Mar 2014

Quiet months ahead for wool

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IT could be six more months before producers see a lift in the "lacklustre" wool market, say industry analysts. The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) eastern market indicator (EMI) closed at 1035 cents a kilogram last Thursday, falling another 19c/kg - the third consecutive week the market closed on a negative. Losses of 20 and 30c were common across the micron price indicators...

27 Mar 2014

Wool front and centrefold of L'Uomo Vogue magazine

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Superfine woolgrowers may be struggling financially, but their product has reached the pinnacle of fashion magazines. The entire March edition of Italy's L'Uomo Vogue is given over to Australia, and its centrefold is wool. Franca Sozzani, editor of L'Uomo Vogue and Vogue Italia, describes wool as 'versatile'...

25 Mar 2014

Does wool promotion lack focus and edge?

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Mr Qingnan Wen Chairman of Tianyu Wool Industry Co Industries believes international wool promotion has improved but it still lacks focus and edge. 'Promotion needs to reach the end consumer. It must present the right message about wool, and its properties and benefits if the industry is to flourish. We need to get this message out to a wider consumer audience,' says Mr Wen...

21 Mar 2014

Lamb goes gangbusters

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EXPORT demand for Australian lamb has pushed sales to record prices in the past week, but industry has questioned whether prices are sustainable. Over-the-hooks rates have risen rapidly, with the Eastern States trade lamb indicator sitting at $5.66 a kilogram on Monday and heavy lambs at $5.87/kg. Following last week's record $230 price tag at Dublin...

20 Mar 2014

What is beef sustainability?

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What is sustainable beef production? Does it relate to environmentally-friendly land management, socially-responsible farming practices, financially-profitable beef production enterprises, or all of the above? And, once defined, how can the global beef industry effectively demonstrate to consumers that its product is indeed "sustainable", and what is that process likely to mean for producers at farm-level?

20 Mar 2014

Mixed predictions for Aussie wool

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WITH the Australian wool market sinking to a six-month low last week, analysts are predicting a mixed bag for the industry over the coming months. Last Thursday the Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) settled at 1054 cents a kilogram, down 91c from the peak it made just prior to Christmas. There were just over 42,300 bales offered of which 16.7 per cent was passed in at auction...

19 Mar 2014

How the fur industry clawed its way back

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How the fur industry clawed its way back: Lavishing gifts on celebs. Targeting children in the classroom. The cynical ploys making fur 'respectable' again. Fur dominated London Fashion Week this year Only 58 per cent of 18 to 24-year-olds in a poll believed it wrong to use fur Fur houses are seducing celebrities and budding designers with freebies. Tom Ford's was a rich purple, Roksanda Ilincic went for a garish patchwork design and Christopher Kane opted for the natural look...

13 Mar 2014

El Nino odds increase

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A NOTICEABLE warming of the eastern and central Pacific over the past few months is increasing odds towards an El Nino developing later this year. El Nino is one extreme of the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) phenomena, in which La Nina is its counterpart. El Nino (the warm phase) occurs when warmer than average sea surface temperatures (SSTs) prevail over the central and eastern equatorial Pacific Ocean (from late winter to late autumn), accompanied by high atmospheric pressure over the western Pacific...

11 Mar 2014

General Manager Research announced

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After an international recruitment process, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has today announced Dr Paul Swan as its new General Manager, Research. Having reviewed the current human resource requirements across research for the company, AWI CEO Stuart McCullough said the Board had endorsed his decision to create an expanded position within the company: General Manager, Research...

10 Mar 2014

Flock rebuilding driving sheep prices

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LAMB and sheep prices will continue to rise, the Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) forecasts, and look likely to stay firm or rise even further out to 2018-19. Flock rebuilding is underpinning buoyant pricing: ABARES estimates the flock will have dropped to 71.8 million head by June 2014, and will rebuild to 75 million head by the end of 2018-19...

03 Mar 2014

Talking point: the return of real fur

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Love it or loathe it, there's no denying that real fur is enjoying a fashion moment. Be it draped off Lily Allen's shoulder in electric blue and green stripes on the NME Awards' red carpet, or showcased as next season's ultimate cover-up on the catwalks at London Fashion Week, fur is noticeably back and looking bolder than ever...

24 Feb 2014

Rahul Mishra wins 2013/2014 International Woolmark Prize

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Milano, Friday 21st February 2014 - Rahul Mishra was announced the winner of the 2013/2014 International Woolmark Prize (IWP), during the final awards event held at the Triennale Museum, Milan. To increase the global demand for Australian wool, it is vital for Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) to demonstrate the key role for Australian Merino wool in the international fashion industry...

24 Feb 2014

Huge price for green policies that don't work

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HOW many more manufacturing workers must be sacked, thanks to green policies that only pretend to stop global warming? How many of the jobless won't be able to heat or cool their homes, with these same mad policies helping to hike power prices by 110 per cent in only five years? And all this pain to make no difference to the world's temperature. What a fraud...

17 Feb 2014

Wool is now a yarn for all seasons

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Spring is approaching but wool, it seems, is fast becoming a yarn for all seasons - a fact embraced by men for whom frequent business travel presents the challenge of keeping cool and comfortable in different climates, often in one day. "Wool's properties have evolved over thousands of years," says Nicolas Guilbaud, sales executive at cloth merchants Holland & Sherry, which has been supplying Savile Row for almost two centuries...

12 Feb 2014

El Nino threat turns up heat

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FARMERS and firefighters, already dogged by a hot, dry summer for much of Australia, may face worsening conditions later in the year as prospects grow for an El Nino weather pattern in the Pacific. A series of heatwaves and a spreading drought is expected to cut the output of summer crops by 25 percent for 2013-14 to the lowest level since 2009-10...

11 Feb 2014

Global-Warming Slowdown Due to Pacific Winds, Study Shows

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Stronger Pacific Ocean winds may help explain the slowdown in the rate of global warming since the turn of the century, scientists said. More powerful winds in the past 20 years may be forcing warmer seas deeper and bringing cooler water to the surface, 10 researchers from the U.S. and Australia said yesterday in the journal Nature. That has cooled the average global temperature by as much as 0.2 degree Celsius (0.35 Fahrenheit) since 2001...

11 Feb 2014

Willow: a decade of style in style

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Designer Kit Willow Podgornik has come a long way from the days of making bespoke lingerie in a small Melbourne studio. Ten years after her stand-out debut collection, she has grown the eponymous label into an internationally recognised, ready-to-wear brand. She marks a decade in the business this month with a special photographic project called "Willow Women: Ten women, Ten dresses", which celebrates the relationship between women and clothes...

04 Feb 2014

Run of the micro-mill

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Daniel Harris is the founder of the London Cloth Company and uses antique looms to revive a dying industry. "Isn't this a beautiful place to work?" says Daniel Harris. We are wandering around his east London workshop, a vast shed behind a terrace of Victorian houses, home to the London Cloth Company. "This is the only micro-mill to have opened in London in the past 100 years," he says, carefully moving between the hulking looms...

04 Feb 2014

A Brave New Wool: Merino Base Layers

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"WEAR WOOL NEXT to the skin," wrote Colin Fletcher in the "The Complete Walker," a 1960s bible of backpacking. And they did: For decades, outdoorsmen and women championed wool for its ability to retain heat by trapping tiny pockets of air, while preventing you from overheating by wicking moisture away from the skin. But while they reaped wool's benefits, many of Fletcher's acolytes also itched all the way down the trail...

03 Feb 2014

Call for more levy debate

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CATTLE producers and beef industry stakeholders are urged to make written submissions to a government inquiry into industry structures and systems governing grass-fed cattle levies. The inquiry was formally approved on December 12 last year when the Senate referred it to the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport References Committee. Committee member and NSW Liberal Senator Bill Heffernan said with only nine submissions received by January 30, beef industry stakeholders needed to "have a go".

 
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