FARM WEEKLY – by Colin Bettles – “NEW Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud has revealed Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) performance and governance processes will be placed under the microscope and scrutinised via a new independent investigation.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Tony Hughes-Owen – “THE final offering of commercial purebred Summerfield blood Dohne sheep opened the Beeck family’s, Geoffrey Beeck & Co clearing sale just north of Katanning last week, conducted by Westcoast Wool & Livestock.
Prior to offering the final four lines of sheep, Westcoast Wool & Livestock auctioneer Chris Hartley thanked Geoff Beeck and family for their long-term support, saying they were fantastic clients of the company and staunch members of the community.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “HARROW Merino breeder Wayne McClure just loves Merino wool.
“Always have and always will,” he said. And that love is finally putting a bit more back in his hip pocket.
Mr McClure sold about half his annual wool clip — 142 bales — from his 7000 Merino flock at the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne last week.
PERTH NOW – by Belinda Willis, The Advertiser – “FARM cash incomes are expected to fall for about half of Australia’s broadacre farms in 2017-18 with lower grain crops and beef cattle prices – but they’ll still be above average.
And the sheep industry would remain “a shining light”.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “SEARCHING for supply of 16 micron wool, 70 to 85mm length with fibre curvature of 70 degrees or more has become difficult and representatives from Italian miller Loro Piana are trying hard to reward producers of this traditional fibre type.”
BORNEO BULLETIN – “TRANGIE, Australia (AFP) – In a sweltering shed on an Australian farm near the rural town of Trangie, Emma Billet drags a nervous sheep from a waiting pen to her shearing station.
She is the only female in her crew of five shearers, but attitudes on Australian farms are changing and training approaches are encouraging a gender rethink, with more women entering the profession Down Under.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s wool exchange portal or WoolQ will go live with the launch of its eSpeci module next week, despite renewed criticism from the nation’s peak wool broker body.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will co-fund the Federal Government’s so-called independent review into the levy-funded body’s performance and governance, raising new concerns about the inquiry’s independence and intent.”
ABC NEWS – South West WA – by Anthony Pancia – “Australia’s agricultural sector took a $28 million hit at the hands of feral foxes last year with the wool and sheep meat industry particularly hard hit.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “SHEARING at six months and a three-month even-up lamb shearing had little affect on the prices Paul Shiner’s wool clip generated at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) last week.
Other than a cut of less than a kilogram per head from lambs shorn in January after a previous shearing in October, Mr Shiner, Pingrup, could see no downside this season from shortening his shearing intervals.”