TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Roger Hanson – “THE provenance story of Tasmanian wool is driving strong and growing interest.
About three years ago the state’s biggest wool agent Roberts ramped up its branding by revitalising its Tasmanian Merino project, driven by wool manager Alistair Calvert.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – WILLANDRA Merino Stud principal Ross Wells has come out in defence of Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman’s attendance of a MERINOSELECT breeders’ focus group in Sydney earlier this year. The fellow New South Wales breeder from Hillston believes Mr Merriman has been “cooked pretty badly” by recent media coverage, but his credibility is “still solid”.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) has written to its wool levy-paying members explaining its role in the one-way mirror incident involving Chair Wal Merriman.
The letter from AWI CEO Stuart McCullough said “I am writing to you directly to lay the facts on the table and give a clear understanding of what occurred”.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Colin Bettles – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) Chair Wal Merriman will face political scrutiny after covertly observing a grower focus group meeting on sheep genetics from behind a one way mirror. Mr Merriman has admitted he committed the unusual act in June at a consultation meeting in Sydney where some of the invited Merino producers didn’t want the long-serving Chair to attend.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “A first of its kind wild dog control program will be launched in the heart of the Hunter Valley’s sheep producing region next week, as the NSW government works with landholders to control pest species.
The Upper Hunter Professional Wild Dog Controller Program is a partnership between the Hunter Valley Combined Wild Dog Association, Hunter Local Land Services and a number of key investors.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – Australia proposed Wool Exchange Portal has hit a major obstacle aftr failing to negotiate agreement on industry data access and ownership proposals with the Australian Wool Exchange.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will “always present a balanced approach to breeding” after putting its National Merino Challenge under the oversight of sheep classer Stuart Hodgson, a spokesman said today.”
ABC NEWS – by Courtney Fowler, Warwick Long – “As the ‘man-in-the-mirror’ scandal grips the Australian wool industry, the country’s peak lobby group says they believe the head of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) may have breached the Corporations Act.
It’s been revealed AWI chair Wal Merriman watched a focus group, which growers did not want him to attend, from behind a one-way mirror without their consent.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Peter Small, Wool Grower, Manufacturer – “Is AWI chairman Wal Merriman’s observation of a Merino breeders’ focus group behind a one-way mirror indicative of a broader problem with AWI’s levy-funded structure, and does it justify its abandonment for a research-focussed model? Western district wool grower and garment maker Peter Small thinks so.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOLGROWERS’ confidence appears to be booming as high as farm profits, as a 50 per cent spike in gross margins leads to extensive on-farm investments.
Holmes Sackett economist John Francis, Wagga Wagga, NSW, said wool gross margins per dry sheep equivalent had increased 50 per cent this year, compared to the five year average.”