[6 April/Farmers Weekly]

Few people see value in crossbred wool fibre and producers see little merit investing in wool promotion as customers no longer value crossbred wool. The Wool Research Organisation of New Zealand noted that synthetic fibres had eliminated many of the advantages of crossbred wool. They saw the future for crossbred in deconstructing the fibre to its constituent elements. Wool Services International Chief Executive, John Dawson, said there was talk of a new fabric being created that used greater volumes of wool. Former NZ Wool Services Chairman, Derek Kirke, believed the carpet market would be increasingly difficult for wool as new fibres enter the market. Various organisations invest about $3 million per year into researching new uses for wool. WRONZ Chairman, Derrick Millton, was confident they would find a financially viable alternative use for crossbred wool.