QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “A BIZARRE incident involving Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Chair Wal Merriman covertly observing a grower focus group meeting on sheep genetics from behind a one way mirror has ignited calls for an overhaul of the researcher’s governance practices.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WHAT is the Australian Wool Innovation board and management’s corporate stance on the AWI-funded focus group of MERINOSELECT breeders on June 15 in Sydney?”
THE RURAL – “MICHELL is confident in the future of the Australian wool industry.
So much so, the wool processing company has appointed Kendall Byrnes as a wool marketing specialist based in Wagga Wagga, covering the Riverina and surrounding areas.”
STUDENT EDGE – Wool4School – “Sia’s got an elastic heart, and now, a new performance outfit designed by a 15-year-old student.
Alice Wang of St George Girls High School in Kogarah, NSW is the 2017 winner of the annual Wool4School design competition (Year 10 level) for her submission: an elegant ruffled tuxedo with matching head bow designed with Sia specifically in mind.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has admitted observing a focus group of performance-recording Merino breeders from behind a one-way mirror in Sydney in June this year without their knowledge.”
TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Karolin Macgregor – “WOOL production in Tasmania is forecast to increase by 3.4 per cent over the next year – the highest of any state.
The latest industry outlook from the Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee predicts national production in 2017-2018 will stabilise at 340 million kilograms. This is the same as the committee’s estimate for 2016-2017.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – WA Country Hour – by Bridget Fitzgerald – “During the months spent recovering from a serious car crash that has left her unable to walk, Nikki Towell was told she would never work in a shearing shed again.
But that simply was not an option for the 31-year-old who works as a wool classer, grading the fleece after shearing.
“I just can’t see why I can’t do something just because my situation’s changed,” she said.”
OAMARU MAIL – by Daniel Birchfield – “The 50th edition of the Waimate Shears will feature a “test” between New Zealand and Australian shearers, organisers have confirmed.
Preparations are well advanced only a couple of months out from the October event, to be held for the first time in a new, purpose-built facility at the Waimate Showgrounds.
The Southern Canterbury A&P Association, which owns the 900sq m building, worked with the Waimate Shears group on its design.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Now that a few thousand kilometres of exclusion fencing are criss-crossing the western Queensland landscape, a lot of collective wisdom is emerging for those contemplating their own program.”
COUNTRY NEWS – “Producers from across the region tasted success at the Elders Riverina Sheep Expo on Friday, August 18, with hundreds turning out to the event in Deniliquin.
Awards for ewe and ram of the year, as well as performance ewe and ram of the year and best feature breed, Dohne, ram of the year were awarded.”