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Unlocking traceability in the wool supply chain

Unlocking traceability in the supply chain isn’t always easy with the various processes and many hands that wool is passed between, from on-farm wool production right through to the final garment being created. Each raw material process is complicated and specialised to say the least. But this challenge is opportunity for Fox & Lillie and...
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Knitwear – the eighth wonder of the world

The first week of wool sales performed admirably to begin the new calendar year and as far as we are concerned, the eighth wonder of the world is wool knitwear. The pressure on micron continued this week as it has over the previous months. We have discussed numerous times in the past few years how...
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Week 29 Wool Market Review

AWIS WOOL MARKET REVIEW Week Ending 15 January 2021 (Week 29) The AWEX EMI finished 15¢ higher (+1.3%) in Australian currency and 33¢ higher (+3.8%) in US currency when sales resumed after the Christmas break in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle in Week 29. 52,290 bales were on offer nationally, compared with 44,835 bales last sale....
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Rumours of wool import restrictions but demand remains strong

There has been some recent speculation that wool may be included in the rumoured list of commodity import suspensions by China. Fox & Lillie export has constant communication with its agents and customers in China, who have informed us that, so far, there is no concrete evidence to suggest there have been problems – or...
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Chinese Holidays Driving Demand For Wool in October

The wool market saw a tremendous run-up last week and the pressure increased as each hour drew closer to start of the wool auctions. Looking back at the period leading up the sale tells quite a story. On Thursday 8th October after the previous sale week, the price levels from China were sitting at levels...
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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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