THE STANDARD – “VICTORIA’S peak farm lobby has told the state government it needs to act swiftly to stop animal activist groups from seizing the power to police farm practice.
In its submission to a parliamentary inquiry into the Victorian branch of the RSPCA, the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) has urged the government to sign into law a provision that would give Agriculture Victoria the undisputed authority to regulate commercial farming zones and confine the RSPCA to watching over domestic animals.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Clint Jasper – “A Melbourne-based wool processor says soaring gas prices are likely to wipe out any profits it will make this year.
Laverton North-based Victorian Wool Processors was almost forced to close its doors before Christmas, as it desperately searched for a company to supply it gas.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “An Australian-first app, NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Drought Feed Calculator has gained national and global traction with an estimated 9000 downloads since its release in October 2014.”
SOUTHERN WEEKLY – by Stephen Burns – “The intention of the biennial Peppin-Shaw Riverina ewe flock forum is to “further the quality of the Hay Merino breeders’ flocks by focusing on the production and profitability of the wool and meat values of the flock ewes within the Hay district”, according to the forum conditions of entry.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Places are filling fast in a mentoring program for Queensland wool producers.
Financial assistance for up to eight Queensland wool producers to take part in the Agri-Business CEO Mentoring Program during 2017 is now available. The program will provide access to specialist advice, mentoring and support is also available. Mentoring will commence later this month.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “FARMERS are being urged to report unexplained sheep deaths after further cases of anthrax were reported in the Swan Hill area. Five sheep deaths from anthrax have been confirmed across four adjacent properties.”
NZ FARMER – by Rob Tipa – “New Zealand fine woolgrowers have established a special, elite brand on world markets and should stick with what they are doing, according to a respected Australian wool industry leader.
Victorian stud merino breeder Jock Macrae is a former vice-president of the Australian Stud Merino Breeders’ Association and has judged merinos in most states of Australia. He was the guest judge of the merino section of the Upper Clutha A&P Show in Wanaka on the weekend.”
TECHVICITY – by Abhilash Thakur – “… The Merino Runners are the epitome of the modern sneaker, combining functionality, style, and of course, comfort. To me, they look like a lot of the classic sneakers on the shelves right now. In fact, I have a pair of sneakers that looks just like them in my closet. But, there is way more to Merinos than meets the eye.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “VICTORIAN saleyard managers have been told they should find a way to stimulate quick reporting of sheep identification registrations and movements electronically.”
FINANCIAL REVIEW – by Dan Thawley – “The name Ermenegildo Zegna may not roll off the tongue of many anglophones, but it is renowned as the epitome of the Italian tradition of men’s suiting – and it happens to have a long association with Australia’s wool industry.
For Zegna not only counts as a key player in the luxury menswear market, it quietly produces the lion’s share of fine wool fabrics and finished garments for a slew of other high-end labels like Gucci and Versace.”