THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jenny Kelly – “HIGH performance breeding ewes are arguably the most profitable farming option with prices for wool, mutton and lambs all trending at record highs.
But where do dry sheep or Merino wethers, which have become somewhat unfashionable over the years and not grown-out and carried-on in the same numbers, now fit into the equation?”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kath Sullivan – ” … Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford said key export markets in Asia continued to grow and while the value of the state’s export red meat, dairy, horticulture, skins and hides fell, grain, seafood and wool exports increased.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “NON-mulesed Merino wool premiums are on the increase, latest figures show.
The National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia says the latest data, from the Australian Wool Exchange, show premiums averaged 13-30c/kg in 2016-17 for non-mulesed Merino wool, 21 microns and finer. It compares to 1-15c/kg in 2015-16, and -3-16c/kg in 2010-11.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough, AWI chairman Wal Merriman and board member David Webster during Senate Estimates in Canberra.
Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman can control up to half the votes cast at board elections, as Senates Estimates reveal the chairman’s powerful grip on woolgrower voting.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “Australian Wool innovation chairman Wal Merriman was told he should decline proxies given by grower shareholders, after he told this morning’s Senate Estimates hearing that he could hold up to half the potential votes in a board election.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Australian Wool Innovation’s head honcho has issued an apology to wool growers after he secretly listened-in on a meeting of leading stud breeders.
AWI chairman Wal Merriman watched and listened to the focus group meeting using a one-way mirror in June in what has since been dubbed the “man in the mirror” incident.”
THE BORDER MAIL – by John Chanter – “The economic impact of wild dogs has almost doubled since 2009 because of strong commodity prices.
A NSW Natural Resource Commission report – Cost of Pest Animals in NSW and Australia, 2013-14 – showed rabbits, wild dogs, foxes, feral pigs and other vertebrate pests cost Australian agriculture $797 million a year.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Lucy Barbour and Brett Worthington – “The head of the Australian wool industry has admitted he breached his organisation’s code of practice when he told an ABC reporter to f*** off.
Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman told a Senate Estimates hearing in Canberra this morning he was sorry for the incident, and defended his actions by saying he was “from the bush”.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Stefanie Balogh – “The head of Australia’s wool industry has apologised for covertly viewing a focus group of stud merino breeders behind a one-way mirror as well as swearing like a shearer at an ABC reporter.
Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman, who has been accused of being “punch drunk on his own power’’, delivered the twin apologies today in a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra.”
THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD – by Fergus Hunter – “The man at the centre of a controversy gripping Australia’s wool industry has admitted he should not have secretly watched an anonymous focus group behind a one-way mirror or told an ABC journalist to “f— off” when he was later asked for a comment on the issue.”