STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “THE Victorian Rural Women’s Network (RWN) will be re-established on 1 July, 2017, with funding secured in the Victorian Budget 2017/18. Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford made the announcement at the annual Women in Agriculture Forum at Parliament House on Friday, and was met with cheers and applause by the crowd of about 60 women from rural and regional Victoria.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool market review – week ending 19 May 2017 (Week 46)
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MERINO wool auction price trends varied across Australia this week; falling in Melbourne, while rising in Fremantle and holding relatively firm in Sydney.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “ANIMAL rights activists have been likened to mothers-in-laws and profitability lauded as an important plank in the wool industry’s social license defence, during a Victorian farm tour last weekend.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WOOL quality and preparation will continue to be essential to the viability of superfine wool growers, according to former industry leader Kevin Dunn.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “The current mixed market signals continued into this week’s selling at Australian wool auctions. Each individual centre—Melbourne, Fremantle and Sydney—appeared to operate independently of each other and became separate markets within a market, according to ‘Wool Market’ weekly report of the Australian Wool Innovation for the week ending May 19, 2017.”
CLOVERDALE REVEILLE – by Joyce P. Mann – “May 25, 1917 – 100 years ago… The American Sheep Association is calling on every sheep owner in the United States to offer for army use two fleeces of wool. The appeal reads in part: ”Listen, shepherd! Are you willing to offer Mother Columbia two fleeces of wool to clothe her boys who march to the front? The boy who wears your wool will be your soldier boy fighting for you and yours. He will be clothed from head to foot in pure wool, the gift of the shepherds of America.”
FARMING AHEAD – by Kristy Moroney – “ACCORDING to the latest Commonwealth Bank agricultural insights survey, farmers are preparing to invest more in technology, hire more staff and engage more consultants than ever before.”
TOWN & COUNTRY – “One hundred and five Superfine woolgrowers, sponsors and guests converged on Hamilton over the May 13-14 weekend for the sixth annual Australian Superfine Wool Growers Association (ASWGA) reunion dinner.”
THE EXAMINER – by Johanna Baker-Dowdell – “Known for promoting sheep farmed in Tasmania’s Midlands, the Campbell Town Show’s woolly stars have another four-legged rival.
For the first time in the show’s long-running history there will be a Weiner Dash, with sausage dogs testing their speed for the crowd.
Weiner Dash organiser Sophie Weeding said she had a sausage dog and thought the race would be a real drawcard for the show.”