STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “FORMER Australian Wool Innovation executive, Paul Swan, is raking-in an estimated $3000 a day in private consulting fees to the industry body, after resigning from AWI in January.
A grilling by Queensland Senator Barry O’Sullivan during Senate estimates hearing in Canberra revealed a lucrative consulting contract valued at $32,881, to deliver 11 pilot programs.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “PRODUCERS should not forget ewe composition in the search for high performance.
Jane Smith, one of the principals of New Zealand stud Newhaven Perendales, breeding 2500 stud lambs a year, said while the industry was in a good place on both sides of the ditch, producers needed to consider size in self-replacing flocks.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “THE wool industry’s e-bale trial will soon be underway.
The electronic tracking device will be tested on 150,000 wool bales in Western Australia.
Growers and classers were updated on plans for the radio frequency identification trial at an Australian Wool Exchange forum held at Dubbo, NSW, recently.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “MINISTER for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce has indicated he will take no action over Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman’s admissions in Senate Estimates of breaching AWI’s Code of Conduct and damaging the body’s standing.”
STOCK & LAND – by Andrew Miller – “Victoria’s Agriculture minister Jaala Pulford has rejected concerns by livestock agents over the timing of the rollout for sheep and goat scanning.
Australian Livestock and Property Agents (ALPA) has questioned Ms Pulford’s claims, made to Parliament, electronic scanning at the Ballarat saleyards was up and running.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “VICTORIAN Merino stud breeders have responded to the controversy that has recently followed Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) chairman Wal Merriman. Mr Merriman has been accused of breaching the industry group’s code of conduct and putting at risk $14 million in federal government funding, but the majority of stud breeders that Stock & Land spoke to seemed more sympathetic.”
THE STANDARD – by Everard Himmelreich – “Penshurst merino super fine producer Colin Agar reckons more needs to change at Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) than replacing its embattled chairman Wal Merriman.
Mr Agar said AWI had a “toxic” culture with poor governance and should be replaced with a new smaller organisation that was focused on on-farm research.”
STOCK & LAND – by Leann Dax – “Spring lamb prices are charging ahead on the back of a shortage of well-finished lambs in the north and south.
Heavy trade lambs are returning more than $170 for the better types.”
STOCK & LAND – “The challenge of managing small mobs of multiple-bearing ewes to improve sheep productivity is faced by many mixed producers also dealing with paddocks designed for large-scale cropping. “
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “he centre turned over just shy of 1.7 million sheep and lambs and when cattle were added into the mix the overall figure comes in at more than $428 million.
Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre manager Paul Martin said overall prices were higher for sheep and lambs and this helped to boost the results. “