Home / Knowledge / News / Textiles / Wool industry welcomes American retailers
Wool industry welcomes American retailers
20
Apr '10
The National Retail Federation (NRF) is arriving in Australia this week to meet with the Australian wool industry and witness the progress being made in protecting the national flock against flystrike.

Representing some of the biggest global retailers of apparel, the NRF is being hosted by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the marketing, research and development body owned by 30,000 Australian woolgrowers. While in Australia, NRF deputy vice president Erik Autor will meet with 17 organisations representing woolgrowers, researchers, geneticists, animal welfare experts, wool brokers, processors and government.

AWI acting CEO Stuart McCullough said it was vital the wool industry continued to actively engage retailers and sponsoring Mr Autor's trip was a good investment for woolgrowers.

“The prevention of flystrike continues to be AWI's number one research priority with over $25 million spent on finding flystrike prevention alternatives in the last five years. AWI looks forward to showing Mr Autor the significant progress made in battling the blowfly on farms, in the laboratory and in the marketplace.”

The Australian Wool Exchange (AWEX) will discuss with the NRF the importance of the National Wool Declaration (NWD) in providing transparency of supply and demand for wool buyers and sellers.

“It is important we highlight the use of the NWD to both buyers and sellers of wool at every available opportunity. It allows woolgrowers to declare their practices at sale and for the buyers of wool to send market signals up and down the wool pipeline,” AWEX CEO Mark Grave said.

Mr McCullough added the greatest encouragement that could be sent to Australian woolgrowers is a price incentive for unmulesed wool in the auction system.

Australian Stud Merino Breeders president Tom Ashby said it was crucial the world's retailers understood the enormous change underway throughout the industry, aided by a fast-tracked research and development program.

“Flystrike is a significant and ongoing animal welfare threat to the Australian flock and still has the potential to kill up to 3.5 million lambs annually across Australia. Genetics presents the best long-term solution and many breeders are working as quickly as they can towards a solution for their specific environment and conditions.”

Meanwhile the Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) conducts quarterly audits of AWI's research progress, its latest review stated R&D projects aimed at breeding for breechstrike resistance are "producing encouraging results and that extension to farmers is ongoing". The report also indicates that the commercial release of the skin removal technology (clips) has provided a "viable alternative for some sheep producers", and that the intradermal technique, although still in development is showing real potential as another alternative by the end of 2011, pending welfare and registration evaluations. The AVA reports that pain relief has been widely adopted during 2008 - 2009 lambing seasons and that declarations of the flystrike control status of sheep is increasing.

Australian Wool Innovation Limited

Must ReadView All

Textiles | On 29th Apr 2017

Textile sector may have uniform GST rate: Irani

The textile sector could have a uniform Goods and Services Tax (GST)...

Textiles | On 29th Apr 2017

EU rules needed to curb textile worker exploitation: MEPs

European Union (EU) rules are needed to oblige textile and clothing...

Apparel/Garments | On 29th Apr 2017

US retail operating growth to be 1.5-2.5% in 2017: Moody's

The forecast for operating income growth in the US over the next 12...

Interviews View All

Amit Jain
Shingora Textiles Ltd

‘In terms of fabric, the fastest growing category for us is a blend of...

Karel Williams
Dow Microbial Control

'Silvadur is most rapidly adopted in areas where hygiene-conscious and...

DK Sharma
Velocity Apparelz

We constantly communicate with employees at all levels

Steve Cole
Xerium Technologies

Steve Cole of Xerium Technologies discusses the industry. Xerium is the...

Giorgio Mantovani
Corman S.p.A

Giorgio Mantovani, MD of Corman, with a presence in both Milano and New...

Iago Castro Asensio
RCfil Distribuciones S.L.

Iago Castro Asensio, International Business Manager of RCfil...

Madhu Jain
Madhu Jain

She grew up in the walled city of Old Delhi, completed her studies, and...

Judy Frater
Somaiya Kala Vidya

Among the many honours showered on Frater, including Fulbright and Ford...

Mike Hoffman
Gildan Activewear SRL

Gildan Activewear, a manufacturer and marketer of branded clothing and...

Press Release

Press Release

Letter to Editor

Letter to Editor

RSS Feed

RSS Feed

Submit your press release on


editorial@fibre2fashion.com

Letter To Editor






(Max. 8000 char.)

Search Companies





SEARCH

news category


Related Categories:
April 2017

April 2017

Subscribe today and get the latest update on Textiles, Fashion, Apparel and so on.

SUBSCRIBE


Browse Our Archives

GO


E-News Insight
Subscribe Today and Get the
Latest News Update in Your Mail Box.
Advanced Search



X