SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will “always present a balanced approach to breeding” after putting its National Merino Challenge under the oversight of sheep classer Stuart Hodgson, a spokesman said today.”
ABC NEWS – by Courtney Fowler, Warwick Long – “As the ‘man-in-the-mirror’ scandal grips the Australian wool industry, the country’s peak lobby group says they believe the head of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) may have breached the Corporations Act.
It’s been revealed AWI chair Wal Merriman watched a focus group, which growers did not want him to attend, from behind a one-way mirror without their consent.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Peter Small, Wool Grower, Manufacturer – “Is AWI chairman Wal Merriman’s observation of a Merino breeders’ focus group behind a one-way mirror indicative of a broader problem with AWI’s levy-funded structure, and does it justify its abandonment for a research-focussed model? Western district wool grower and garment maker Peter Small thinks so.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOLGROWERS’ confidence appears to be booming as high as farm profits, as a 50 per cent spike in gross margins leads to extensive on-farm investments.
Holmes Sackett economist John Francis, Wagga Wagga, NSW, said wool gross margins per dry sheep equivalent had increased 50 per cent this year, compared to the five year average.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “A BIZARRE incident involving Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Chair Wal Merriman covertly observing a grower focus group meeting on sheep genetics from behind a one way mirror has ignited calls for an overhaul of the researcher’s governance practices.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “WHAT is the Australian Wool Innovation board and management’s corporate stance on the AWI-funded focus group of MERINOSELECT breeders on June 15 in Sydney?”
THE RURAL – “MICHELL is confident in the future of the Australian wool industry.
So much so, the wool processing company has appointed Kendall Byrnes as a wool marketing specialist based in Wagga Wagga, covering the Riverina and surrounding areas.”
STUDENT EDGE – Wool4School – “Sia’s got an elastic heart, and now, a new performance outfit designed by a 15-year-old student.
Alice Wang of St George Girls High School in Kogarah, NSW is the 2017 winner of the annual Wool4School design competition (Year 10 level) for her submission: an elegant ruffled tuxedo with matching head bow designed with Sia specifically in mind.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has admitted observing a focus group of performance-recording Merino breeders from behind a one-way mirror in Sydney in June this year without their knowledge.”
TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Karolin Macgregor – “WOOL production in Tasmania is forecast to increase by 3.4 per cent over the next year – the highest of any state.
The latest industry outlook from the Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee predicts national production in 2017-2018 will stabilise at 340 million kilograms. This is the same as the committee’s estimate for 2016-2017.”