In 1989, the Australian wool market collapsed and burdened Australia woolgrowers with the ownership of a 4.7 million bale stockpile and a debt of $2.8 billion.
The nation’s agricultural think tank chief believes weakness surrounding oversight and transparency of levy management is diminishing the strength of industry bodies.
Traditional marketing of Merino wool is under review as the US online giant Amazon’s entrance into the Australian retail market challenges the reliance on bricks-and-mortar retailers.
There is movement at the wool export station with staff changes at some of the countries largest export companies triggering a domino effect of job shuffling.
Australian Wool Innovation are forging ahead with the launch of a digital wool selling system, despite rival service providers threatening legal action over ongoing data ownership concerns.
A BACCHUS Marsh man has been arrested following a Police investigation into a series of alleged wool thefts in Melbourne earlier this year.
TALENT among Australia’s wool export companies are hotting up with new kids on the block, Endeavour Wool, climbing to be one of the country’s largest exporter in just three months of operating.
WITH European Union expected to be Australia’s lamb industry’s most high-paying market, attention on the country’s animal welfare and environment practices are anticipated to intensify.
SOUTH Australian Merino breeder Sydney Lawrie has been announced as chair of the 2018 WoolPoll panel.