THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Selection for high-fat genetics in breeding sheep may improve ewe condition score at critical points, creating production benefits such as improving lamb survival.
That was the finding of Murdoch University research officer Sarah Blumer, whose studies focus on the feed and liveweight efficiency of adult ewes.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Clean, green and ethical sheep meat and wool production is a win-win for WA sheep producers who strive for a flock that has genetic resistance to worms.
University of WA Professor Graeme Martin said sheep that were genetically resistant to worms used less chemicals, including drench treatment, produced less methane and did not require mulesing.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “With improved seasonal conditions combined with today’s innovative tech-nologies, the call was for producers to lift sheep numbers at the Department of Agriculture and Food WA’s Sheep Industry Research Open Day in Katanning last week.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – “Australian Wool Innovation board chairman Wal Merriman has written a letter to woolgrowers in relation to issues raised by a recent Senate Estimates Committee hearing, which questioned AWI’s main office location in Sydney and its ex-gratia payments to former employees.
Mr Merriman defended AWI’s Sydney premises despite the Federal Government’s decentralisation agenda.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Jess Davis – “Livestock production is often blamed as one of the highest carbon emitters but a new study shows livestock farmers can be carbon neutral and maintain production and profitability.
The study by the University of Melbourne followed two different farming operations in their bid to become carbon neutral, Jigsaw Farms in western Victoria and a property near Yass, in New South Wales.”
CHINCHILLA NEWS – by Laura Telford – THE Sheep and Wool Challenge is on again, and Leading Sheep wants you to get your creative juices flowing and make a short video showcasing innovative solutions to issues within the industry.”
MIT TECHNOLOGY REVIEW – by Michael Reilly – “At the Ministry of Supply store in Boston, a knitting machine about the size of a grand piano is parked next to the checkout counter. It’s an unusual look: industrial textile manufacturing equipment meets high-end clothing boutique.”
STOCK & LAND – by Annabelle Cleeland – “For the first time in the history of the exclusive Ermenegildo Zegna’s wool awards, the Italian fine textiles and menswear luxury brand has paid 50 per cent above the market value to purchase 24 bales entered into the superfine competition.”
STOCK & LAND – by Laura Griffin – “Brothers Tim and John Buxton, Maristow, Stratford, had been recording fleece data of their self-replacing Merino flock for years, doing it all manually.
But it 2012, they bit the bullet and invested in electronic tags and equipment to work with them (a stick reader, a barcode printer and scanner and a computer).”
HIGH SNOBIETY – by Aaron Howes in Fashion – “The Care Label Project is a global project introduced by AEG and supported by The Woolmark Company, Fashion Revolution, adidas, Houdini and Not Just A Label raising awareness for the damaging and non-sustainable ways we care for our clothing.”