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China business hampered by cashflow and shipping squeeze

Fox & Lillie Rural Stock & Land Contribution. The same theme in the wool market has continued during the past few weeks. There has been good trading activity in the 19-micron and broader Merino categories, and the finer micron types just do not have the same push that they had a month ago. And it...
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Victorian fleece in the global spotlight

Stock & Land article. A high-end fashion label has used a south-west Victorian farm as the location of a new global advertising campaign aimed at spruiking the benefits of traceable wool. Melbourne brand Wolfgang Scout used the Warrnambool property for a series of campaign shoots which will go live on social media platforms next month....
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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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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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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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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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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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