THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Australian Wool Innovation board members will be required to undergo training in “dealing with” key stakeholders and the media, amid calls for the organisation to crack down on its chairman’s behaviour.
About 250 AWI shareholders put their votes to use at the organisation’s annual meeting in Sydney on Friday, voting in three new directors to a seven-person board.
Ahead of the vote, AWI director Colette Garnsey told shareholders a board members’ review into AWI chairman Wal Merriman’s recent behaviour found “no material breach” had occurred.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “The wool broker who called for an inquiry into Australian Wool Innovation’s voting process has gained a spot on the new AWI board after clocking up the second-highest vote for the three vacant positions.
NSW wool broker Don Mac-donald was elected on to the peak wool marketing and research body’s board at its annual meeting in Sydney on Friday, receiving 136,384 votes even though he was not endorsed by the AWI board.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “A DUBBO accountant believes he may have found the answer to stop wild dogs attacking sheep using a chemical sourced from England which is a taste deterrent similar to that used in products to stop nail biting.
John Shepherd attended the Surat Predator Control Day yesterday armed with the product he has named, Protectum.”
GOULBURN POST – by David Cole – “Many local farmers turned out to the Inaugural Agriculture Day celebrations in Goulburn on Tuesday, November 21. Guest speakers discussed agricultural innovation and stalls featured local products from Kingsdale Winery, Yarralaw Springs Winery, Parkesbourne Produce and Bent Shed Produce.”
BLUE MOUNTAINS GAZETTE – by Ilsa Cunningham – “Kate Blair-Hickman will spend six months from March studying agriculture in the UK.
The East Blaxland teenager who attended Nepean Christian School, was recently awarded an $8000 scholarship from the charity BBM Youth Support to study overseas.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOLGROWER shareholders have complained of missing ballot papers as just 7000 votes, or three per cent of total votes cast, decide who remained on the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) board.
The closely contested election also shone a spotlight on the use of open proxies by AWI chairman Wal Merriman in influencing the fate of the board election.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Wool broker Don Macdonald has secured a seat at Australian Wool Innovation’s board table, as the industry group looks to invest in robotic shearing by using an unexpected $17 million in surplus revenue.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “GREAT rainfall last weekend should give instant stock feed on summer fodder crops and grazing lucerne stands.
Because the rains have come so late, they have missed the normal spring growing season and are several months early for grazing oats or red wheat.
A long-gone friend always suggested that grazing oats could be sown as soon as we rose from the Christmas dinner table.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Colin Bettles – “NOTHING can match the numbers crunched on Australian agriculture which indicate “staggering results”, says Assistant Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Luke Hartsuyker.
Mr Hartsuyker spoke at the National Farmers’ Federation and Soils for Life event in Canberra on Tuesday where National Agriculture Day was celebrated with a showcase of local produce.”
THE RURAL – by Marty Moses – “The AWEX EMI closed the week on 1683c, up 2c and setting a new record high at auction sales this week in Australia. The apparent strength in this amazing market trend was tested by the largest offering in Australia in three months and the largest southern offering since January 17.”