The Perth Royal Show has canned its prestigious fleece competition this year, blaming logistical issues and staffing shortages.
Australian Wool Innovation has bolstered its $2.5 million investment in creating the first flystrike vaccine, this week announcing it had pumped another $650,000 into the cause.
Non-mulesed wool production looks set to remain a contentious issue with Australian woolgrowers with Australian Wool Innovation’s new boss saying there is a lack of market clarity on the issue.
An initiative to encourage consumers to exercise wearing Merino wool to drive brands partnered with The Woolmark Company was a success with 150,000 people taking active interest in the website.
Australian woolgrowers have been urged to start thinking about what wool levy they would like to pay to Australian Wool Innovation for the next three years.
Experienced board director Samantha Hogg will swap her role troubleshooting COVID-19 issues forhelping Austrlian Wool Innovation run its board election process this year.
A strong wool fleece from a WA-bred Poll Merino ram was sashed with the WA fleece champion ribbon at the Australian Fleece Competition in Bendigo, Victoria, last Friday .
Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre has cast a global net to find partners to “fast-track” the commercialisation of its oat noodle and oat rice products.
It is anticipated to open new export markets for local growers and provide an opportunity to fetch above-auction prices for their clip.
WA’s tight-knit shearing industry is considering an overhaul of its shearer and woolhandler training regime, with an eastern states model in its sights.
Price movements were mixed this week for the Australian wool market.
An experienced barrister has urged shearers and farmers to deal with the proper authorities after farm accidents, saying those who fail to report incidents could be prosecuted.
Two shearing schools taking place in two very different parts of WA this month have been synchronised to try and get graduates straight into jobs in time to help with the spring shearing season.
The reopening of WA’s travel bubble with New Zealand from last weekend will throw a lifeline to the State’s woolgrowers and shearing contractors ahead of spring shearing.
Members of the WA Shearing Industry Association mapped out a strategy to attract new entrants into the industry at the WASIA annual general meeting in Perth on Saturday.
New South Wales farmer Jock Laurie has been appointed as Australian Wool Innovation chairman today, replacing Colette Garnsey, who steps down from the role after three years.
An important workshop scheduled for today and involving a coordinated approach to attracting new entrants into the wool harvesting industry was cancelled as a result COVID-19 protocols.
An expert panel has been put together to showcase the wool industry’s “excellent” credentials to further instil confidence in the luxury fibre from international customers.
“Our supply will be hand to mouth and the market is going to be well-supported — as it’s shorn it’s sold.”
The Federal Government has awarded the Australian Wool Exchange $180,000 to improve traceability in the Australian wool industry supply chain.
Merino fleeces produced in WA are heading to the annual Australian Fleece Show, the world’s largest fleece competition, that is part of the Australian Sheep and Wool Show at Bendigo, July 16 to 18.
A leadership training program is seeking applications from recent university graduates with a connection to the wool industry.
British fashion designer Matty Bovan scooped both awards at the 2021 International Woolmark Prize last Thursday from six finalists.
An investigation is under way to determine the origins of an Australian wool consignment found with a “serious contamination” which could put the reputation of the nations $3.6b industry at stake.
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