THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Karolin MacGregor – “FARMERS on Tasmania’s East Coast are being forced to start de-stocking as much needed rain has failed to arrive.
After an extremely dry year many producers in the region are putting their drought plans into action.
Bruce Dunbabin, from Mayfield, near Swansea, said things were now getting very difficult.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Brett Worthington, Joshua Becker, Lucy Barbour – “After a tumultuous week in the political spotlight, Australia’s wool industry body could face an investigation by the National Audit Office (ANAO).
Queensland LNP Senator Barry Sullivan is considering referring marketing and research body Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) after a controversial Senate Estimates appearance this week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “NATIONALS Senator Barry O’Sullivan is considering seeking an Australian National Audit Office investigation into the decision-making processes of the wool grower levy-funded body Australian Wool Innovation.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Queensland Senator Barry O’Sullivan is calling for an investigation into Australian Wool Innovation.
Senator O’Sullivan proposed the Australian National Audit Office examine the governance of AWI, following revelations of extraordinary redundancy payouts, influential control of board elections and code of conduct breaches.”
STOCK & LAND – by Colin Bettles – “AFTER five hours of intense scrutiny and political sabre rattling during Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) dramatic examination at Senate estimates hearings earlier this week, the lingering question is what can or will happen now?”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Thousands of woolgrowers throughout Australia may be unaware that they are eligible for a slice of the Graziers’ Investment Company’s $20 million bank balance.
GIC, formerly known as Australian Wool Services Limited, was formed in 2001 to resolve 36 legacy issues stretching back more than 80 years through previous administrations, including Australian Wool Research and Promotion Organisation and its two subsidiaries, Australian Wool Innovation and The Woolmark Company.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “With expanding International Woolmark Prize, the Woolmark Company is partnering with Fashion Tech Lab who will power the innovation award, bridging the gap between new technologies, sustainable innovations and luxury fashion. The two will pool expertise in sourcing, supply chain and sustainability to empower finalists through a mentorship programme.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “FORMER Australian Wool Innovation executive, Paul Swan, is raking-in an estimated $3000 a day in private consulting fees to the industry body, after resigning from AWI in January.
A grilling by Queensland Senator Barry O’Sullivan during Senate estimates hearing in Canberra revealed a lucrative consulting contract valued at $32,881, to deliver 11 pilot programs.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “PRODUCERS should not forget ewe composition in the search for high performance.
Jane Smith, one of the principals of New Zealand stud Newhaven Perendales, breeding 2500 stud lambs a year, said while the industry was in a good place on both sides of the ditch, producers needed to consider size in self-replacing flocks.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “THE wool industry’s e-bale trial will soon be underway.
The electronic tracking device will be tested on 150,000 wool bales in Western Australia.
Growers and classers were updated on plans for the radio frequency identification trial at an Australian Wool Exchange forum held at Dubbo, NSW, recently.”