THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff and Natalie Kotsios – “AGRICULTURE Minister Barnaby Joyce has refused to address the current controversy surrounding Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman.
AWI, which receives millions of dollars in woolgrower levy funds and matching government payments each year, has come under fire this week following an incident where Mr Merriman last week told a journalist questioning him on industry issues last week to “f— off”.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “MERINO and first-cross ewes topped about the $200 mark at a multi-agent spring sheep sale at Wycheproof.
The highest bid of the day was for the first lot of 300 Kadinia Pastoral, June-July 2016 first-cross ewes, which sold for $238 to John and Scott Arnold, of Rupanyup.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “A ST George wool grower has successfully used a drought lotting technique to lamb his 940 ewes in his yards with minimal losses.
Rod Avery, who leases the 2400 hectare property, Burgorah, north of St George, noticed the dry conditions worsening and knew he had to take the risk and begin hand feeding his pregnant ewes if he were to keep a large percentage of them alive.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Mole – “AT Ioness Poll Merino stud, principal Rob Coutts strives to breed Poll Merino rams that punch out soft, white wool while also producing a square sound framed ram.”
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Emma D’Agostino – “BENDIGO would be a prime position for a sheep shearing events complex, industry members believe.
And long-serving Bendigo Agricultural Show Society member Don McKinnon would like to see such a complex considered when the master plan for the city’s showgrounds is updated. “
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “The Banks family of Kojonup were celebrating their 2017 wool harvest rewards after receiving top values at the Western Wool Centre’s auction room last week.
Richard and Leonie Banks and their daughter Sarah, were very pleased with the prices received through Dyson Jones for their offering of 78 bales of September-shorn fleece wool which all sold to a top-price of 1534 cents/kg greasy.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Farmers fear the future of the State’s most prominent pasture legume is at risk, after the widespread, unexplained death of swathes of subterranean clover.
Paddocks of the crop have turned a vibrant red and died at farms at Dalwallinu, Mount Barker, Esperance, New Norcia, Brookton, York and Katanning.”
THE RURAL – by Stephen Burns – “The worth of the annual Peter Westblade Scholarship in supporting young people interested in a career with sheep and wool was evident when the proceeds of a ram offered during the annual Bogo Merino ram sale was publicly donated to support the fund.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “There will be an opportunity to acquire Hyfield poll merino genetics on Friday, October 27, at the stud’s dispersal sale.
The sale will pen 1080 stud ewes of various ages, 250 stud ewe lambs, 200 stud ram lambs and 10 two-tooth stud rams.
The sheep will be penned in about lines of 50 head at the stud’s on-property location at Kojonup, with Elders conducting the sale starting at 1pm.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “A national debate has flared about the fairness of “tracking and stacking” votes, after it was reported Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has access to voting data while the election process is ongoing.”