A WA youngster has started an alpaca shearing business on home soil after travelling the world and shearing the unusual creatures.
Just days before Christmas, Scaddan Merino breeder David Vandenberghe was more than 550km from home keeping watch over a portion of his family’s flock on agistment at Bannister.
China has reportedly increased its import quota for Australian wool this year, despite the ongoing trade war between the two countries leading to sanctions on a suite of local products.
The third wool production forecast for the 2020-21 season has WA lagging behind, but overall Australia’s volume to lift.
A UK company has created a fully-traceable line of shirts made of Australian Merino wool.
A new 10-year plan for Australian woolgrowers has been launched.
Wool price competitiveness against synthetic and cotton has improved significantly in 2020, but woolgrowers have seen the value of their export fibre drop significantly this year.
A new marketing campaign aims to counter US consumers’ “outdated” perception that wool is always warm and itchy, and instead promote the fibre as soft on skin and perfect for sports.
The first WA company to strike up a unique contract to boost the supply of so-called ethically sourced wool is preparing its second lot of bales for the ZQ Merino Program.
A Tambellup woolgrower offered his family’s Woodlands clip at the Fremantle auction last Wednesday that topped the Nutrien catalogue with a superfine price.
In a year where the wool industry has faced circumstances like never before, Australian Wool Innovation remains steadfast
Boyup Brook shearer Floyde Neil shore 544 crossbred lambs on a world record pace and raised $1632 for the Blue Tree Project on Friday at Kojonup.
The shearing industry’s push to make the workplace safer has brought about a pilot program called Safe Sheds.
Australian Wool Innovation and WA Shearing Industry Association combined to launch the Shearing Shed Safety Program last Friday at Broomehill.
The head of one of WA’s major wool exporting companies has revealed how COVID-19 clothing mill shutdowns in China and India left wool exporters wondering if they would even be paid.
Fleeces were looking lustrous, white and bright inside the McGuire family’s Jingalup woolshed last week, where shearing was under way after a dry season.
Contractors are taking on up to four times as many learners as they work day-in, day-out to get through the backlog of thousands of sheep and get the wool off WA’s flock.
WA College of Agriculture — Denmark students were all smiles recently after back-to-back wins at a State competition last month.
Freight savings and quicker turnarounds are set to benefit the State’s wool growers following major upgrades to regional WA’s only registered wool sampling site.
Young workers are getting a run on WA shearing teams as the State’s depleted workforce battles to get through the backlog of thousands of animals this spring.
EXCLUSIVE Shannon Verhagen
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.
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.
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