Wool

Online training platform Tahi Ngātahi: A ‘game-changer’ for wool harvesting industry

[01 September/The Country] Online training platform Tahi Ngātahi, created by shearer Jock Martin, is revolutionising the way the wool harvesting industry trains its workforce. Mr Martin has been part of Otago and Southland’s wool harvesting scene for over 30 years and is a second generation shearer. Tahi Ngātahi was aiming to reduce preventable injuries by...

Adding $7000 to a bale of wool

[28 June/Farmers Weekly] A group of farmers have achieved the unthinkable, receiving the equivalent of about $39 a kilogram for crossbred lambs’ wool. Ten South Island farmers committed 2800kg of 31-32 micron wool to the project. The wool was processed into worsted yarn in New Zealand then made into high-quality jerseys in China. Founding member...

Pamu commits to wool insulation in its houses

[24 June/Rural Life] Pamu, New Zealand’s largest farmer has committed to upgrading all its South Island farm houses, along with all new houses with wool installation. The first wool insulation was fitted to three farm houses on state-owned Pamu’s Waimakariri farm this month. Chief Executive Steve Carden reported Pamu has more than 500 houses throughout...

Pressure builds on cashmere industry

[12 June/The Country] The New Zealand cashmere industry has responded to concerns after the release of a video showing alleged mistreatment of goats on a Chinese cashmere farm. New Zealand Cashmere managing director David Shaw commented that the video has played on some misconceptions about how cashmere is produced, reporting we don’t have to pull...

Wool bonanza

[07 June/Farmers Weekly] New Zealand Merino Company Chief Executive John Brakenridge said if half NZ’s crossbred wool clip shifts into higher-value fine wool contracts, the economic upside will be as high as $2 billion due to increased international demand for fine wool. The Merino Company’s ethical wool brand ZQ Merino reports that they are connecting...

New leader predicts strong future

[30 May/Farmers Weekly] Primary Wool Co-operative shareholders have backed the board, voting to support the organisation’s proposed future direction. At the annual meeting in Dannevirke, shareholders provided overwhelming support for two key resolutions that incoming chairwoman Janette Osborne says cement a strong footing for the future. Osborne was elected to take over following 44 years...

Fashioning a future for NZ’s natural fibres

[29 May/Rural Life] Local farmer David Shaw is rejuvenating New Zealand-grown cashmere in partnership with successful entrepreneur Peri Drysdale, of Untouched World. Late last year an innovative announcement was made by two companies, NZ Hemp and NZ Yarn, to develop new consumer products made from hemp yarn, wool and hemp yarn blends and non-woven wool...

Merino growers celebrate their best

[28 May/Rural Life] Otago Merino Association’s annual awards function was held last week, with around 170 people in attendance to celebrate excellence in producing merino wool. The overall Clip of the Year title went to the Sutherland family, who have had considerable success in the awards over the years, from Benmore Station, a property synonymous...

Campaign in support of natural fibres

[13 May/The Country] Wool advocate Craig Smith is on a mission to reduce the amount of micro-plastics getting into waterways while educating consumers about the impact of synthetic fabrics. Mr Smith is General Manager for Devold Wool Direct and presented a petition to Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor this week which was addressed towards the Italian...

Cavalier looks for wool carpet boost

[06 May/Farmers Weekly] Cavalier Corporation is changing the way it operates in Australia to become more flexible and agile in changing consumer markets. Cavalier’s sales of premier wool have been growing due to increased consumer knowledge surrounding wool whilst synthetic carpet turnover has decreased. Product and Marketing Manager Rochelle Flint has been appointed marketing and...

Best gains in years for crossbred wool

[03 May/Farmers Weekly] New season fleece along with renewed Chinese buying resulted in some of the best gains in five years for crossbred wool according to Dave Burridge, PGG Wrightson South Island Sales Manager. Crossbred wool 31 to 35 microns rose by 5% to 8% in price and above 35 micron had gains of 4%...

Wearing wool is better for skin than synthetics

[30 April/Stuff NZ] AgResearch has found that wearing merino wool shows better hydration and less redness than wearing synthetic clothing. AgResearch bio-product and fibre technology science team leader Stewart Collie reported wool was the world’s most sophisticated fibre in terms of its structure and composition. Previous research had shown that sufferers of the skin condition...

Muzzle takes Merino prize

[12 April/Farmers Weekly] Muzzle Station in the Clarence Valley won the 2019 Marlborough Merino Association two-tooth ewe flock competition. Guy and Fiona Redfern with Colin and Tina Nimmo won the overall top prize as well as the conformation section. Their flock is made up of 1760 Merino ewes which typically clip 6.8 kilogram of 18.7...

Demand for apparel wool surges

[01 March/Rural Life] Mid-micron wool growers are being told that the outlook for profitability is good. New Smartwool contracts have just been released at new prices which have never been achieved before. Senior executives from VF Corporation, the United States-based $12billion, parent company to both Smartwool and Icebreaker, recently visited New Zealand to refine the...

Federated Farmers: Support for wool levy comes with proviso

[15 February /The Country] Federated Farmers have reported that it will support the reintroduction of a compulsory wool levy as long as there is a sound plan of action produced alongside it by the Wool Working Group. Federated Farmers Meat and Wool Sector Chairman, Miles Anderson, said if no levy is introduced, he is fearful...

Crossbred wool growers need to ‘target the top’

[7 February/The Country] Colin McKenzie, CEO of Carrfields Primary Wool Group (CP Wool), says New Zealand crossbred wool is of such quality it could find a place in high-end, value-added market niches. Mr Mckenzie said that the markets for these niche products are small and we’re never going to see the whole crop used in...

Wool surfboards: Kiwi ingenuity leads to global partnership with Kelly Slater’s company Firewire

[3 December/NZ Herald] A Kiwi surfboard shaper’s experiment with wool has led to a global partnership with one of the biggest names in surfing and an entirely new type of surfboard. Tauranga-based Paul Barron has developed a wool-based substance that can be used to replace fibreglass on a surfboard. Barron caught the attention of Firewire...

Wool cells used for new material at Lincoln Agritech

[12 November/NZ Herald] Researchers at Lincoln Agritech have broken down coarse wool into its cellular components, creating new materials that are not wool but contain wool attributes. The work was part of a $21 million seven-year research programme into new uses for coarse wool, co-funded by the Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand (WRONZ) and...

Marks & Spencer puts New Zealand wool on the world stage

[17 October/Stuff] New Zealand wool is at the centre of a new menswear range by Marks & Spencer. The responsibly produced range was one of the first in the world to be made with wool certified under the global Responsible Wool Standard. Chief Executive of Wools New Zealand, Rostan Mazey, said the crossbred wool came...

Deal values Kiwi Tim Brown’s woollen sneaker firm at $2b

[12 October/The Country] New Zealand woollen sneaker maker, Allbirds, raised USD50 million at post-money valuation of $1.4 billion. It was co-founded by Tim Brown. The funding was led by T Rowe Price Investment Management, along with Fidelity Management & Research Company, and Tiger Global. Total investments were USD75 million. Some of the money would be...

Big southern double at NZ Merino Championships

[1 October/The Country] There were two dream wins for the south at the recent New Zealand Merino Championships in Alexandra. A female from the Alexandra area, Pagan Karauria, won the open woolhandling title for the third time in for years. She was also awarded with her Master Woolhandler award during the same weekend. Invercargill shearer,...

Otago merino making mark in space thanks to Armadillo

[5 September/The Country] Merino wool from sheep in Otago had made it to space, taken part in military operations, fought wild fires, and protected extreme endurance athletes. Garments made from the wool were manufactured by Armadillo Merino. Its founder, Andy Caughey, said the garments were being used by professional risk takers due to the properties...

Sheep wool can help cats’ diets

[17 August/The Country] According to AgResearch scientists, proteins from wool could be added to animal diets to improve their health. They said positive findings in domestic cat diets would open up possibilities for new uses of sheep wool. AgResearch’s Science Group Leader for Food and Bio-Based Products, Dr Jolon Dyer, said there was a lot...

US company buys NZ wool for home insulation

[5 August/Stuff] New Zealand wool producers have landed a contract to supply a U.S. company with fibre for home insulation. They claim wool was a healthier alternative to fibreglass, which has been disputed by fibreglass manufacturers. The deal would include 200 tonnes of Landcorp coarse wool supplied to Havelock Wool. Havelock Wool Managing Partner, Andrew...