THE ADVERTISER – by Belinda Willis – “WOOL prices are continuing to break records, export demand for sheep and lamb is rising in the United States and Middle East, and more SA farmers are bringing flocks back to properties as the industry experiences a renaissance.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “WEST Australian Liberal MP Rick Wilson will be watching embattled Australian Wool Innovation’s potentially explosive appearance at Senate estimates hearings in Canberra and Chair Wal Merriman’s testimony, with keener interest than most others.
Mr Wilson represents the sparse rural and farming dominated electorate of O’Connor and as a sheep producer based at Katanning, is also an AWI levy-payer.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AN express post letter of apology has been sent to stud principals present during the so-called ‘man-in-the-mirror’ event from Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman.
On the eve of AWI’s anticipated grilling at Senate Estimates in Canberra tomorrow, Mr Merriman wrote a letter, dated 18 October, apologising for the event in which he secretly watched independent woolgrowers in an anonymous focus group in June, behind a one-way-mirror.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has formally apologised to Merino breeders in a research focus group he covertly observed behind a one-way mirror, but not for continuing to watch and listen to them.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman will have been commander of the industry organisation for 11 years when his position is up for election in 2019.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “EMBATTLED Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has apologised for wool’s infamous ‘man-in-the-mirror’ incident.
In a letter, dated last Wednesday and released today, Mr Merriman apologised for secretly viewing a meeting of stud breeders, who use the genetic appraisal MerinoSelect, through a one-way mirror from an adjacent room.”
THE ARARAT ADVERTISER – by Dianna Branson – “IT MIGHT have been unlucky Friday, the 13th, however Glenpaen Merino and Poll Merino Stud at Brimpaen bucked that myth during its on-property sale, breaking several records.
There was a record top price ram of more than $5000, record registered buyers and a record crowd attending.
All 100 lots offered where sold to a record top price of $10,000 to achieve a high average of $2575.”
ABC NEWS – by Lucy Barbour and Brett Worthington – “The head of the Australian wool industry has express-posted a letter of apology to farmers he secretly watched in the so-called ‘Man in the Mirror’ scandal.
The letter arrived with farmers late last week, ahead of Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) expected grilling at Senate Estimates at Parliament House in Canberra tomorrow.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “EIGHT Merino and Poll Merino studs in southern Victoria opened their gates on Friday, for this year’s Southern Victorian Merino Field Days.
The studs that took part in the field day were Boorana, Stavely Park, Mt Challicum, Stud Park South, Montrose Hill, Wurrook, Ioness Poll, and Coryule.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week commencing 23/10/2017
Rising by 2 cents last week the Eastern Market indicator finished a mixed week at 1,568c/kg, with the 45,792 bales that were offered nationally resulting in a 6 percent pass in rate.”