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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...

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