THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – Countryman – by Bob Garnant – Ecological fashioned Merino garments were paraded at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days in the spirit of community and conservation.
It was a glimpse of what is to come for Eco Fashion Week Australia when a contingent of national and international designers follow suit during week-long events to be held at two locations in Australia.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “While animal cruelty claims via social media reach a wide audience, its use has made little contribution to reporting of animal cruelty claims. According to Minister for Agriculture, Jaala Pulford, while the social media attracted a lot of attention, it had little impact on reporting levels.”
STUFF – by Heather Chalmers – “High injury rates amongst sheep farmers and shearing gang workers has led the industry to clean up its act with the launch of an online woolshed safety application.
Tahi Ngātahi is a collaboration between Federated Farmers and the New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association, with financial backing from ACC and the support of WorkSafe.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Taylor Jurd – “Gilgandra shearing contractor Steven Mudford is the new world record holder for the number of wethers shorn in eight hours.
Steven shore 373 sheep at Parkdale Stud, Collie on September 8, beating the previous record of 356, which was held by David Grant for 11 years.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “A BRAZEN attempt to offload four allegedly stolen wool bales has been caught on camera — but even that wasn’t enough to prompt the local police to spring into action.
Manger of Quality Wool in Bendigo, Vallon Gibson, reported the incident to Bendigo Police after the suspects left his premises about noon last Monday.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – Countryman – by Bob Garnant – “WA College of Agriculture, Cunderdin, students passed with flying colours to qualify for the State Junior Merino Judging championships.
Students from five agricultural colleges vied at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days to have the opportunity to become the State’s best, which will be decided at the 2018 Perth Royal Show.”
STUFF – by Alice Angeloni – “In 50 years of sheep farming, Les Hensen has never had quadruplets.
That was until Friday morning, when he walked into the paddock at his Marlborough block and found four lambs around one ewe.
But it’s not all green grass for the ewe who must now manage feeding four lambs off two teats.”
FARM WEEK (UK) – by Robert Irwin – “AUSTRALIAN wool producers are about to vote on how much of their income they give to Australian Wool Innovation Ltd for its research, development and marketing activities.
The growers will choose from five levy rates – three per cent, 2.5 per cent, two per cent, 1.5 per cent and zero per cent.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “Announced earlier this year, the government’s Animal Welfare Action Plan commits to update animal welfare laws to acknowledge the sentience in animals – referring to animal’s feelings – which was first drafted in 2016 and released in January this year.”
STOCK & LAND – “Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) has launched its Review of Performance Implementation Portal (ROPIP) to report in real time on its progress implementing the 82 recommendations included in the independent review of performance report (the Report).”