ABC RURAL – by Bridget Fitzgerald, Brett Worthington – “A senior figure within the wool industry has backed the embattled leadership of the peak marketing and research body amid accusations of a “toxic culture” within the organisation.
Long-standing Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) director David Webster has also rejected farmer calls for an overhaul of the grower and taxpayer funded group.
His comments come during a turbulent period for AWI.”
THE RURAL – by Stephen Burns – “The close connection of his family with the land inspired Harry Cook to continue the tradition working the mixed-farming property in the eastern Riverina.
“Farming is in my blood on both sides of my family,” he said.”
NZ FARMER – by Gerard Hutching – “Wool can now be tested to trace where it comes from, and an antipollution mask has been designed by Karen Walker – two projects paid for out of a $3 million research fund to boost the wool industry.
The projects are sorely needed to fortify the industry, with the latest quarterly forecast showing wool exports fell 28 per cent to $550 million to the year to June as a lack of demand from China weighed on prices.”
GISBORNE HERALD – “Napier’s Ricci and Angela Stevens made it a super double as they won their respective senior shearing sports events at the Wairarapa A&P Show’s Spring Shears at Clareville, near Carterton, on Saturday.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – by Nicole Sharp – “Combs are flying in New Zealand and across the Tasman as the shearing competition season enters full swing.
Across the Ditch, Winton shearer Troy Pyper teamed up with Hawke’s Bay shearers Rowland Smith and Johnny Kirkpatrick in the machine-shearing event at the Australian National Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Bendigo at the weekend.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “STORE sheep prices rises are impressive, but not surprising.
Buyers are not shocked by the size of the cheque needed to secure replacement females in a diminished ewe flock, as sheep industry returns continue to rise.
Young first-cross ewe pens broke the $300 barrier three times at the Corowa, NSW, sale last week, peaking at $314.”
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Woodford’s “Killmery” Romney stud won the Kevin Ludeman Memorial Sheep of the Show sash at this year’s Warrnambool show.
Killmery’s principal Jim Bligh won the top accolade with a one and half year old Romney ram.
There were 75 entries covering four breeds from 11 exhibitors in the show’s sheep competition this year.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A complex low pressure system produced storms and moderate falls in eastern New South Wales, while surface troughs across northern and eastern Australia generated showers and thunderstorms throughout the week.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand – “NEW ZEALAND shearers have scored a near-clean sweep at Australia’s top crossbred shearing competition at Warrnambool in Victoria, but failed in the trans-Tasman teams event.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “PEAK grower body WoolProducers Australia is urging all Australian Wool Innovation shareholders to personally vote in this year’s AWI director elections and not appoint any proxies for the November 17 ballot.”