THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “With 36 years of wool industry experience, John Colley now runs both Australia’s biggest independent wool brokerage ($500 million turnover) and the country’s biggest natural fibre knitwear manufacturer.
Mr Colley, who is Australian WoolNetwork managing director, spoke at the Stud Merino Breeders Association of WA annual meeting in Cottesloe last week.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – “A FOOTROT vaccine for specific strains is now available to Australian farmers.
The vaccine, being manufactured by Treidlia Biovet, can only be used after testing to determine which virulent serogroups of footrot are in the flock.
Footrot is caused by a bacteria that requires warm, moist conditions, with Merinos among the most susceptible sheep breed.”
SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s CEO, Mr John Dawson reports that despite a slightly stronger New Zealand dollar compared to the last sale on 16th March the 9835 bales on offer were firm to dearer, with 82 percent sold.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Wool broker principals have raised doubts about the regional relocation of Sydney’s wool auctions to Goulburn, as Australian Wool Handlers (AWH) extends the company’s long-term lease at Yennora.
SHEEP CENTRAL – “CSIRO scientists have confirmed the first pest rabbits in Victoria to die from the newly-released Korean strain of calicivirus, known as RHDV1 K5. Two dead rabbits were found near a release site at Tanybryn, south-west of Melbourne, and another was found near a release site at Kaniva in western Victoria.”
FIBRE2FASHION – “Leading third-party certifier SCS Global Services has been approved by Textile Exchange as a licensed certification body for the Responsible Wool Standard. SCS is now authorised to conduct independent certification assessments of wool production under ‘Farm Scope’ of the standard. SCS is also in the licensing process for ‘Processing Scope’ of the standard.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Colin Bettles – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) will be asked to expose more hidden details of controversial settlement payments made to nine retrenched employees, when the industry-levy-spending research and marketing agency again faces the Rural and Regional Affairs and Transport Committee.”
BAROSSA HERALD – Catherine Miller – “Bunyara stud, Moculta, received a new Ag 200 motorbike as the winners of the WSB Distributors Clare and Yamaha Australia all purpose pen of two ram lambs class at the Elders SA Stud Merino Expo.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alice Pohlner – ” A BOOMING wool market boosted Quality Wool’s charity auction for Ronald McDonald House Westmead to a record high result at the Australian Wool Exchange in Melbourne last week.
One hundred and seventy NSW wool growers donated 93 bales or 14,000kg of wool, which raised $77,000, the best the charity auction has ever fetched. “
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by natalie Kotsios – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation should relocate from Sydney to a regional city to boost jobs and save levypayer money, growers say.
The Australian Wool Growers Association has backed the Federal Government’s decentralisation push, arguing the industry’s research and development corporation should be the next to go.”