SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “VICTORIA Police today asked for wool industry help to find those responsible for the substitution of Merino fleece lines valued at tens of thousands of dollars in export consignments.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Late in the week, strong troughs combined to produce very heavy rain in the Wide Bay and Burnett districts in Queensland. Cold fronts brought moderate to heavy falls along Western Australia’s South Coast; also in western Tasmania.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “THE latest online wool and sheep meat survey from Meat & Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation is now open until October 31 2017.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A WELSH blade shearing duo, Gareth Owen and Clive Hamer, have set the first British nine-hour two-stand blade shearing lamb record of 397 crossbred lambs.”
NEWS.COM.AU – Australian Associated Press – “Wool bales set for export to China have been illegally swapped out for lower quality fleece before being shipped over.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Beale – “AUSTRALIA’S wool exports are forecast to exceed $4 billion in 2017-18 as the value of wool is catapulted into new territory.
Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) attributes the sharp increase in the nation’s wool exports to a three per cent rise in the export volume and a 10pc surge year-on-year in the average price paid for wool.”
POLICE NEWS – “Police are investigating after a number of wool brokers reported that their wool had been tampered with over the past couple of months.
It’s believed that wool lots based in Melbourne had their high value wool removed from the original bales and replaced with significantly lower value wool.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – ” EXCLUSIVE: A SOPHISTICATED wool substitution racket with the potential to damage relations with China — Australia’s biggest wool market — has been uncovered.
The Weekly Times can reveal that at least 18 bales of Australian wool, worth tens of thousands of dollars, have been seized at mills in China in recent months after they arrived containing wool vastly different from that tested by authorities in Melbourne.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – Editorial – “THERE’S a saying that one bad apple destroys the cart.
And while the statement may not be new, it’s certainly still pertinent, with the revelation that at least 18 bales of Australian wool have been seized at mills in China in recent months amid claims of tampering and substitution.
Victoria Police allege the bales were tampered with somewhere between testing in Australia and unpacking in China, with “high value” fine wool stolen and replaced with “significantly” lower-value product.”
ABC NEWS – Rural – by Lucy Barbour – “There are renewed calls from some in the National Party for the Federal Government to introduce tougher foreign ownership rules, as new figures show China’s stake in Australian farmland has increased significantly.”