QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “A national debate has flared about the fairness of “tracking and stacking” votes, after it was reported Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has access to voting data while the election process is ongoing.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “IN the same fortnight that the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation celebrates 25-years of success, Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Chair Wal Merriman has added another black stain to his record leading the industry’s research and marketing agency.”
OTAGO DAILY TIMES – “A Gazette Extraordinary, issued on Monday, proclaims the requisition of next season’s wool clip for purposes of the war.
Wool owners must deliver their wool to a Government woolbroker at certain ports specified. Wool bales must be properly branded, and the wool will be classified and valued by two expert valuers, one of whom will be appointed by the Government and the other will be employed by the Government woolbroker holding the goods. Should the owner be dissatisfied with the adjudication, he may lodge an appeal, on payment of a fee, which shall be decided by a Government-appointed umpire.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has indicated he won’t be resigning despite calls to stand down, after he swore at an ABC reporter for questioning him about the AWI leader’s covert observation of Merino breeders behind a one-way mirror.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “WAGGA researchers are at the coalface of what is shaping up to be a national survey for sheep and wool producers.
The survey, which includes producers throughout the country, will help researchers make inroads in health and biosecurity practices. It will help the research and scientific community determine how to represent sheep and wool in future work and projects.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “A RARE alignment of excellent prices for wool, surplus sheep and prime lambs bodes well for the rural industry. And market highs also help to trigger an interest in top-performing genetics says MerinoLink chief executive officer Sally Martin.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “WOOL and innovation? How about bullying and intimidation.
The toxic “our-way-or-the-highway” culture that has enveloped Australian Wool Innovation — the nation’s peak wool body charged with overseeing the research, development and marketing of the millions of dollars in grower levies collected annually — has dragged on long enough.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – ” AWI chairman Wal Merriman has been accused of breaching the company’s code of conduct following a verbal tirade at an industry event, as a pseudonym account was created to defend his actions. “
Guyra Central School at Wool Handling and Shearing by Regional Development Australia Northern Inland
THE GYRA ARGUS – “LEARNING THE ROPES: Guyra Central School student Stephanie Cameron throwing a fleece during the workshop in Glen Innes last Wednesday, October 11. It was organised by Regional Development Australia Northern Inland.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “A NEW-LOOK 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award includes some new changes to allow projects with a commercial focus or those that are simply good ideas, solutions or opportunities.”