SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “MINISTER for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce has indicated he will take no action over Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman’s admissions in Senate Estimates of breaching AWI’s Code of Conduct and damaging the body’s standing.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “Victoria’s Agriculture minister Jaala Pulford has rejected concerns by livestock agents over the timing of the rollout for sheep and goat scanning.
Australian Livestock and Property Agents (ALPA) has questioned Ms Pulford’s claims, made to Parliament, electronic scanning at the Ballarat saleyards was up and running.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “VICTORIAN Merino stud breeders have responded to the controversy that has recently followed Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman. Mr Merriman has been accused of breaching the industry group’s code of conduct and putting at risk $14 million in federal government funding, but the majority of stud breeders that Stock & Land spoke to seemed more sympathetic.”
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Penshurst merino super fine producer Colin Agar reckons more needs to change at Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) than replacing its embattled chairman Wal Merriman.
Mr Agar said AWI had a “toxic” culture with poor governance and should be replaced with a new smaller organisation that was focused on on-farm research.”
STOCK & LAND – by Leann Dax – “Spring lamb prices are charging ahead on the back of a shortage of well-finished lambs in the north and south.
Heavy trade lambs are returning more than $170 for the better types.”
STOCK & LAND – “The challenge of managing small mobs of multiple-bearing ewes to improve sheep productivity is faced by many mixed producers also dealing with paddocks designed for large-scale cropping. “
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “he centre turned over just shy of 1.7 million sheep and lambs and when cattle were added into the mix the overall figure comes in at more than $428 million.
Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre manager Paul Martin said overall prices were higher for sheep and lambs and this helped to boost the results. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “WOOLPRODUCERS Australia remains dissatisfied with Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Chair Wal Merriman’s apologies for his recent indiscretions which have ignited a flood of negative headlines which has threatened the flow of government funding to Research and Development Corporations.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “An extensive cloudband and surface trough became associated with a cold front producing moderate to locally heavy falls between southwestern Queensland and eastern Victoria.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S peak wool grower body has sought the release of a report into the ‘man in the mirror’ incident involving Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman.”