“We’re really disappointed it wasn’t delivered in 2021 and we missed it for the harvest.”
EXCLUSIVE Shannon Verhagen
The tight-knit industry was last week rocked by news industry stalwart and grandfather of eight Geoff Lawrence had been in a shearing accident in a shed near Clackline on Thursday.
WASIA on Monday announced it had ‘regretfully decided’ to cancel the meeting scheduled for Saturday, after listening to member concerns about coming to Perth.
Young shearers have gone from 10-a-run to up to 100-a-run by the end of a training course.
The Shearing Contractors’ Association of Australia on Friday afternoon received a shipment of 3500 Rapid Antigen Tests from China to distribute to members trying to secure “as many as they can get”.
Acting chief executive John Roberts said while the COVID-19 pandemic came with uncertainty, global eco-friendly trends played in the luxury fibre’s favour.
Woolgrowers are being warned that above average rainfall across many of Australia’s sheep regions has raised the risk of flystrike.
The gross value of Australian wool exports is forecast to increase to $3.4 billion, up by 28 per cent year-on-year as a result of increased consumer spending in advanced economies.
Australia’s largest wool buyer has increased its 2022 import quota to 40,203 tonnes, up from 38,288 tonnes year-on-year according to China’s Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday.
Australian wool production is forecast to increase to 318 million kilograms for the 2021-22 season, up 8 per cent year-on-year.
The innovative, high-performance Merino wool fabrics worn by the Italy’s sailing team, will dress the iconic gondoliers of Venice.
Wool industry stalwart of 40 years Ken Dyson was awarded the Australian Wool Industry Medal at a special function on Monday at the Western Wool Centre in Bibra Lake.
“I’m really excited at the opportunity to contribute to one of Australia’s most important textile exports.”
EXCLUSIVE, Shannon Verhagen
Young people working in the wool industry are set to have greater involvement in the decision making process through the formation of a new representative body.
Luke Button, Ellie Bigwood, Bridgitte Brooks, and Bridget Pullella have been selected week-long wool industry leadership course to take place in South Australia in February.
Australian wool and red meat exporters are demanding reform of the stevedoring sector as frustrations mount over ongoing global shipping delays.
A new project to undertake a feasibility study into early-stage wool processing in Australia was announced on Monday by Federal Agriculture Minister David Littleproud.
Woolgrowers have voted in one new board director at the Australian Wool Innovation annual general meeting on Friday, and re-elected two incumbents.
The outlook for the Australian wool industry remains “volatile” according to a veteran WA wool broker, but it will weather the storm.
Pingelly woolgrower John Hassell has retained his spot as an independent director on the WoolProducers Australia board with an aim to drive better results for the wool industry.
Longstanding WA woolgrower Steven Bolt has lent his voice to a campaign to have two incumbent directors re-appointed to the Australian Wool Innovation board.
Australian woolgrowers have voted to keep the status quo and pay a 1.5 per cent levy on the sale of their wool bales for the next three years, for the second time in a row.
WAFarmers is pushing for better governance at Australian Wool Innovation with its endorsement of three board candidates as the election voting draws to its final week.
A group of Indigenous students are keen to take their new shearing skills to the next level by gaining employment in the industry after completing school at the Eden Valley woolshed in Narrogin.
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