THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Farmers fear the future of the State’s most prominent pasture legume is at risk, after the widespread, unexplained death of swathes of subterranean clover.
Paddocks of the crop have turned a vibrant red and died at farms at Dalwallinu, Mount Barker, Esperance, New Norcia, Brookton, York and Katanning.”
THE RURAL – by Stephen Burns – “The worth of the annual Peter Westblade Scholarship in supporting young people interested in a career with sheep and wool was evident when the proceeds of a ram offered during the annual Bogo Merino ram sale was publicly donated to support the fund.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “There will be an opportunity to acquire Hyfield poll merino genetics on Friday, October 27, at the stud’s dispersal sale.
The sale will pen 1080 stud ewes of various ages, 250 stud ewe lambs, 200 stud ram lambs and 10 two-tooth stud rams.
The sheep will be penned in about lines of 50 head at the stud’s on-property location at Kojonup, with Elders conducting the sale starting at 1pm.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “A national debate has flared about the fairness of “tracking and stacking” votes, after it was reported Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has access to voting data while the election process is ongoing.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “IN the same fortnight that the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation celebrates 25-years of success, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Chair Wal Merriman has added another black stain to his record leading the industry’s research and marketing agency.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “A Gazette Extraordinary, issued on Monday, proclaims the requisition of next season’s wool clip for purposes of the war.
Wool owners must deliver their wool to a Government woolbroker at certain ports specified. Wool bales must be properly branded, and the wool will be classified and valued by two expert valuers, one of whom will be appointed by the Government and the other will be employed by the Government woolbroker holding the goods. Should the owner be dissatisfied with the adjudication, he may lodge an appeal, on payment of a fee, which shall be decided by a Government-appointed umpire.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has indicated he won’t be resigning despite calls to stand down, after he swore at an ABC reporter for questioning him about the AWI leader’s covert observation of Merino breeders behind a one-way mirror.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “WAGGA researchers are at the coalface of what is shaping up to be a national survey for sheep and wool producers.
The survey, which includes producers throughout the country, will help researchers make inroads in health and biosecurity practices. It will help the research and scientific community determine how to represent sheep and wool in future work and projects.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “A RARE alignment of excellent prices for wool, surplus sheep and prime lambs bodes well for the rural industry. And market highs also help to trigger an interest in top-performing genetics says MerinoLink chief executive officer Sally Martin.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “WOOL and innovation? How about bullying and intimidation.
The toxic “our-way-or-the-highway” culture that has enveloped Australian Wool Innovation — the nation’s peak wool body charged with overseeing the research, development and marketing of the millions of dollars in grower levies collected annually — has dragged on long enough.”