In a matter of weeks, the first sheep will be shorn at a new WA shearing shed based on an industry prototype which is exciting woolgrowers with its innovative and ergonomic design.
EXCLUSIVE Shannon Verhagen
Prices have surged in the past few weeks with Chinese processors boosting purchases to meet an expected jump in apparel demand after a coronavirus-related slump.
Two top guns of speed shearing battled it out on the boards at the Kojonup APEX Speed Shearing contest on Saturday with the winner, Floyde Neil, grabbing victory.
The Australian wool market has risen today to its highest level since May, as the Eastern Market Indicator climbed well above 1200¢/kg.
The Federal Government has handed down 10 recommendations to Australian Wool Innovation to improve WoolPoll’s procedures, bolster transparency and clarify existing roles and responsibilities.
Merino woolgrowers can take pride in producing a product that Allergy Standards Limited has officially recognised as asthma and allergy friendly.
When mulesing made international headlines more than a decade ago, the Stretch family were one of a number of wool growers who decided to stop the practice altogether.
Ten students are getting hands-on experience on the boards in Wellstead at a shearing camp designed to fill labour shortages and drive Indigenous employment.
Global demand for wool has dived with the pandemic, hurting farmers and wiping millions from the State’s export earnings this year.
An early break and better flock management by producers has led to a rise in lambing percentages this year, according to leading industry figures.
It’s peak shearing season, but with contractors relying heavily on New Zealanders, there’s big challenges meeting demand before harmful flies build up over summer.
A trio of St Hilda’s schoolgirls are feeling warm and cosy after scooping an entire category in a national woollen fabric design competition.
Plans to create a digital wool levy payer register have been put on the backburner until early next year to allow for more consultation with industry.
Bob Garnant and Cally Dupe
Australian wool prices are pegged to hover about $10/kg this year before rising to $12/kg next year as the coronavirus pandemic continues to stifle consumer demand and industrial production.
For the first time in years, the dams on Alice and Paul Reddington’s Bremer Bay farm are full to the brim, after a recent heavy downfall provided much-needed relief.
The former military man and grandfather of three had been a councillor on the Show’s committee for seven years and vice-president for three before taking over the mantle last month.
Those attending Narrogin’s Long Wool Day on Friday, August 18 were all keen for a good drenching of rain to turn the dry season around.
WA faces a potential shortage of up to 350 wool shed staff, including 180 shearers, as COVID-19 travel restrictions plague the approaching busy spring shearing season.
Muresk Institute’s 40-year-old shearing shed will be demolished and replaced within the next six months in a bid to improve shearing, wool classing and roustabout training at the facility.
The first wool sale for nearly a month failed to spark enthusiasm from buyers, with the Eastern Market Indicator instead experiencing its biggest weekly fall since April.
With the busy spring shearing season just around the corner, a Kojonup contractor has concerns that travel restrictions from COVID-19 will create a shortage of shed staff.
A sense of normality has settled across the Western Wool Centre with brokers and sellers completing two weeks back in the sale room before the three-week recess.
After riding high on the sheep’s back in recent years, WA woolgrowers have been left reeling after the 2019-20 wool market crashed to a five-year low at the final sale of the selling season.
The wool market continued its downward spiral from the impacts of COVID-19 to close the 2019-20 season with the final sale 52 held last week at Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle.
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