SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release: New Zealand Wool Services International – “New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s CEO Mr John Dawson reports that despite the weighted currency indicator easing slightly, the North Island Wool Auction saw a softening for good to average style wools, with poor colour wools faring better.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Joshua Becker – “New research has shown superfine wool is not a risk factor for children with eczema.
Clinical trials published in the Journal of British Dermatology looked at whether there was a link between fine merino wool and childhood eczema.
Across the western world one in every 10–12 children suffer from eczema, which is also known as atopic dermatitis.”
YASS TRIBUNE – by Bruce Hazel – “The Merino Ewe Competition was held on Monday, February 20 and G. K and R. W Robertson of Tallawong, Merrignee and Yarrawonga blood took out the overall winner of the whole flock event.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Jess Davis – “A billboard advertisement calling for people to report drug and animal abuse in shearing sheds is causing a stir in Western Victoria.
The advertisement was placed by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) ahead of the sentencing of four shearers on animal cruelty charges in the Horsham magistrates court this Friday.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “New exclusion fencing technologies have come to the rescue of Barcaldine (Central western Queensland) sheep producer David Counsell as wild dogs and biosecurity risks challenge his family’s sheep operation.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has clarified figures revealed during the recent Senate estimates and tallied the total cost of last year’s restructure at $1.6 million.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Gabrielle Johnston – “A TREND towards not employing wool classers has raised concern about the integrity of the Australian wool clip.
The trend is mostly being seen in the crossbred wool sector, where producers are cutting costs and not employing classers, and is increasing in the Merino types.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “ANIMAL rights body PETA has linked sheep shearing with drugs on a large roadside billboard in the western Victorian city of Horsham, as four shearers are about to be sentenced over 60 animal cruelty charges.”
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Melissa Cunningham – “Animal rights group PETA is calling on shearers to report drug use following an investigation which exposed disturbing video footage of sheep being stomped on, brutally cut and bashed with hammers.
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The group has launched a billboard in Horsham which urged people to report drug and animal abuse in shearing sheds.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Colin Bettles – “AGRICULTURAL workforces aren’t the only ones facing increased productivity threats driven by the inflated use of the illegal drug ‘ice’ by employees.
But the shearing industry is taking proactive steps to address work-place health and safety dangers, ignited by the national methamphetamine use epidemic that’s hitting regional Australia particularly hardest.”