FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) will be dropping carpet manufacturers from the Woolmark brand soon to focus its attention solely on the apparel market.
AWI chief executive officer Stuart McCullough said at the WAFarmers Vitality: 2018 annual conference that wool growers owned the Woolmark brand “outright” and because of that they would be able to use it to market their wool, improving traceability in the supply chain.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A CAUTIOUS strategy of marketing their wool clip over several sale days at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) paid off last week for the Dempster family, of Southern Brook and Goomalling.
In recent weeks at the WWC the Wednesday has proved to be the better of the sale days and it was last week when the family’s top line topped the sale.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “A FLOCK of heavy cutting sheep has been judged the best commercial Merino flock in Victoria.
The McLennan-McColl Victorian Flock of the Year competition, run by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, was won by the Harrop family, from Bendigo, and their Merino flock ahead of six other entries.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Helen Walker – “FISCAL sustainability of local communities is a key goal for South West NRM when establishing exclusion fences, and other positive side effects have emerged such as improved mental wellbeing.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Colin Bettles – “AN independent review of Australian Wool Innovation’s performance and governance will be undertaken by Ernst & Young (EY).
EY was selected by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to undertake the independent review which was welcomed by Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud today.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “WHEN it comes to producing broad ribbon winners at Sydney Royal Easter Show the Riverina punches above its weight.
This region is on the front foot with podium finishes in the beef cattle section, the sheep and wool pavillion and Wagga and southern NSW is a strong force in the young auctioneers competition.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “The recent update from Turon Wild Dog Control Group stresses the need for landholders across the river hills to the north of Bathurst to be vigilant in reporting sightings of wild dogs to the home base of Jodie and Malcolm Healey.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Sally Rae – “The New Zealand Merino Company is investing in research and development to highlight the impact of microplastics on the environment and the benefits of natural fibres as a solution.
Chief executive John Brakenridge believed New Zealand was ”perfectly positioned” to provide sustainable fibre alternatives – be it wool, flax, hemp or lyocell – to meet global consumer demand for more environmentally sustainable products.”
NZ FARMER – by Rob Tipa – “This year has been a season of extremes on Earnscleugh Station, one of eight properties visited on the Central Otago Stud Merino Breeders’ tour of the region last week.
The spring and summer were the hottest and driest seasons the Campbell family had ever experienced in their 36 years on the property, owner Alistair Campbell said in a note to visitors, with no spring growth at all, not even in lucerne crops.”
LITHGOW MERCURY – by Kirsty Horton – “Lithgow High School’s Agricultural Show team has its team prepared for the biggest of stages, the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
‘Shaggy’ the ram will once again lead the charge, as part of a team of Corriedale sheep bred and raised at Lithgow High School’s ag farm.”