ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Lucy Barbour and Brett Worthington – “Wool industry leaders mired in controversy will face a grilling from senators today amid an industry scandal that has brought deep-seated tensions to the fore.
The bitter divide between traditional and progressive farmers has led to allegations that Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the grower and taxpayer funded marketing and research body, has fostered a “toxic culture”.”
NZ HERALD – by Nicki Harper, Hawke’s Bay Today – “Falling wool volumes has led to Cavalier Wool Holdings deciding to close the Whakatu Wool Scour and consolidate the operation at its Cavalier Woolscourers Ltd wool scouring plant at Awatoto.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Mike Foley – “MOBILE roaming will not benefit the bush so telcommunication companies should be subject to a new range of measures to help boost coverage in the bush, according to the ACCC.
Mobile roaming would force telcos to accept pay from their competitors to share network access in areas serviced by one provider.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE alleged dysfunction of Australian Wool Innovation in recent weeks is behind calls for a review into the Research and Development Corporation model.
Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon is supporting an inquiry into the effectiveness of the current RDC system amid widespread behaviour and governance concerns of AWI chairman Wal Merriman that is before Senate Estimates today in Canberra.”
FARM WEEKLY – “SUMMER floods, grazing crops, abundant stubbles and carefully developed pastures have come together with top Merino and White Suffolk genetics to lift the ‘bar’ for the Welke family farming partnership at Esperance in 2016/17.
Winning WAMMCO’s Producer of the Month title for September was the most recent measure of how well the Welkes’ have developed and integrated their cropping, pasture, Merino wool and prime lamb enterprises, now covering about 15,000 hectares in the Cascade area. “
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “IN a cropping-mad world, it was nice to attend a field day last week where the central theme wasn’t just cropping.
The local grower group in Darkan, Compass Agricultural Alliance, put on its October field day last Tuesday with a strong crowd of 70 producers in attendance – and the focus of the content for the afternoon was sheep.
The group’s president Tim Harrington said field days were a fantastic opportunity for mixed farmers to bounce ideas and pick up information that they might be able to apply back at home. “
THE ADVERTISER – by Belinda Willis – “WOOL prices are continuing to break records, export demand for sheep and lamb is rising in the United States and Middle East, and more SA farmers are bringing flocks back to properties as the industry experiences a renaissance.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “WEST Australian Liberal MP Rick Wilson will be watching embattled Australian Wool Innovation’s potentially explosive appearance at Senate estimates hearings in Canberra and Chair Wal Merriman’s testimony, with keener interest than most others.
Mr Wilson represents the sparse rural and farming dominated electorate of O’Connor and as a sheep producer based at Katanning, is also an AWI levy-payer.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AN express post letter of apology has been sent to stud principals present during the so-called ‘man-in-the-mirror’ event from Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman.
On the eve of AWI’s anticipated grilling at Senate Estimates in Canberra tomorrow, Mr Merriman wrote a letter, dated 18 October, apologising for the event in which he secretly watched independent woolgrowers in an anonymous focus group in June, behind a one-way-mirror.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has formally apologised to Merino breeders in a research focus group he covertly observed behind a one-way mirror, but not for continuing to watch and listen to them.”