THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – “Central Otago wool harvesting workers and contractors have contributed to an industry-first online health and safety education resource.
Members of the New Zealand Shearing Contractors Association’s ”Tahi Ngatahi” working party were in the region last week to hold three focus groups to ”flesh out” content for the series of short and sharp videos and other information for the online units.”
THE RURAL – “THE extensive ewe base at Greendale Merinos is used alongside a comprehensive testing program to select the highest performing sires and ewes which are retained for the Greendale nucleus ram breeding flock.”
STOCK & LAND – by Peter Kostos – “Community groups, such as Mount Worth & District Landcare Group, are expected to take on a role that State Government used to, and still should do, under Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR), I believe.
Some years ago, the then department of a different name, delisted ragwort and blackberries from its notifiable weeds list. “
STOCK & LAND – by Peter Kostos – “Community groups, such as Mount Worth & District Landcare Group, are expected to take on a role that State Government used to, and still should do, under Economic Development, Jobs, Transport & Resources (DEDJTR), I believe.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Royal Agriculture Society of WA president Paul Carter has declared the IGA Perth Royal Show of the people, by the people and for the people.
Mr Carter echoed those famous words from a great past world leader, while holding an important heritage English sheep, to declare the Show must go on never to perish from this Earth.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kate Dowler – “SHEEP producers have been urged not to mules prime lambs by their peak producer’s body.
And, they should aim to breed ewes or manage them in a way so they do not need mulesing.
The declaration was made last week by Sheepmeat Council of Australia chief executive officer Dr Kat Giles.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – “Australia’s $3 billion wool export industry faces a nervous wait to discover the full extent of the wool substitution scam revealed yesterday in Melbourne by police.
At least 16 bales of top quality Australian merino wool, valued at between $2500 and $3000 each, were found to contain low-grade coloured, dirty and crossbred wool when they were unpacked in China three weeks ago.”
ABC NEWS – PM – by Clint Jasper – “Australian wool producers say it’s “beyond disappointing” to learn people have been swapping high quality merino wool for low grade wool” in shipments destined for China.”
THE AGE – by Larissa Ham – “A wool tampering racket that has hit Melbourne brokers in recent months wouldn’t exist if Australia had a stronger manufacturing sector, says Opposition Leader Bill Shorten.
“Some of these potential crimes of swapping wool bales between here and China and putting in lower-quality wool, wouldn’t happen if we had a manufacturing industry in Australia,” said Mr Shorten, speaking during a visit to the Victoria Wool Processors.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “SECURITY issues have been exposed in Australia’s wool supply chain as a sophisticated wool tampering operation has been uncovered in Melbourne.
Victorian Police are investigating after a number of wool brokers reported cases of their wool being tampered with since May this year.
Police allege 16 bales of high quality, Merino fleece had been removed from bales and substituted with crossbred, sweepings and contaminated black wool.”