Fox & Lillie News

Mounting interest for training in shearing and woolhandling

The Australian wool industry has reported seeing an increasing number of local people looking to participate in shearing and woolhandling courses as they consider new employment opportunities, a trend which has emerged as a result of the ongoing COVID-19 situation. As Australia prepares for a substantial workforce shortage due to border closures and travel restrictions...
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Wool Pipeline Clogged

The COVID-19 virus has had a significant impact on the wool pipeline, as the market continues to show more signs of the challenges inherent in this once-in-a-100-year event. As we know, China had the virus first and went hard to lockdown to keep it confined to Wuhan – as much as possible. The timing coincided...
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Big issue of transparency with the National Wool Declaration

The wool industry is once again shooting itself in the foot by allowing the “cryogenic breech freezing” process to be reported on the National Wool Declaration (NWD) as non-mulesed (NM) wool, losing the opportunity to promote complete transparency in the Australian wool industry. To be clear Fox & Lillie is not opposed to any progressive...
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Pain relief mandatory for mulesing sheep in Victoria from 1 July

From the 1st July 2020 pain relief for mulesing sheep will be mandatory under legislation in Victoria. This means that a pain relief product registered for use on sheep by the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) must be administered from next month. VFF Livestock Group President, Leonard Vallance was quoted in Stock &...
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Renewed overseas interest in wool as prices drop

While the wool market isn’t overly positive at the moment,  there are encouraging signs for the future usage of wool. Fox & Lillie has received recent enquiries indicating renewed interest coming from wool users across the world who had previously removed themselves from the market when prices were at record highs. Eamon Timms spoke to...
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Get snapping – The Casterton Kelpie Muster’s Photography Competition is here

The Casterton Kelpie Association is hosting their Annual Kelpie Muster Photography Competition a little differently this year. The event usually takes place in June on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend but due to the uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the weekend had to be postponed to Saturday 24th and Sunday 25th October. Casterton Kelpie Association is pleased...
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Coronavirus (Covid-19) update for Fox & Lillie Rural Clients

Dear Clients, We have been working through the advice and guidelines from the Federal and State Governments on managing the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19). All Fox & Lillie Rural stores are open for business, and we will endeavour to remain that way until further Government advice or industry issues which may impact our continued operation....
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A very special wool bale donated to a great cause

A very colourful and specially decorated wool bale was auctioned for charity this week, with all proceeds donated to the Michael Manion foundation. Michael and Cathy Blake from Ballyglunin Park near Hamilton Victoria, very generously donated a bale of fine merino fleece which had been carefully decorated by their grandchildren, Lachie, Jasmine, Edward and Lucinda....
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Week 35 of Australian wool sales cancelled due to software cyber-attack

The Australian wool sales have been cancelled for week 35 due to an unprecedented malicious cyber-attack on the Australian wool industry’s main software program, Talman, which was held to ransom. This has caused major disruption to the industry, affecting not only the auction buying system, but the exporter and broker systems as well. Talman are...
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