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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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Wool shines at ISPO, Munich

Attracting more than 2,850 exhibitors from over 55 countries to exhibit at their January show to 80,000 visitors, ISPO Munich is the world’s largest multi-segment trade show in sports with exhibitors presenting their latest sports products for the upcoming Autumn/Winter season segments for Snowsports, Outdoor, Health and Fitness, Urban and Teamsports. Some of the larger...
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Ethical, Sustainable, Profitable wool production wins two Premier’s Sustainability Awards

The Finnegan family wool-producing farm, Kia Ora, has won the Small and Medium Enterprises category Award and the Premier’s Regional Recognition Award in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Sustainability Awards for their cross-operational commitment to sustainability. E.S.P. or Ethical, Sustainable, Profitable wool production is now a feature of the farm, just north of Warrnambool. The Finnigans...
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Australian wool prices under big pressure

The price of wool is falling steeply as China’s textile industry feels the fallout from the trade war with the United States, and European economies weaken. with industry leaders bracing for worse to come. Australian wool prices are back to 2016 levels with growers withdrawing bales from auctions after more price falls last week linked...
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