SHEEP CENTRAL – “FOUR sheep shearers pleaded guilty to multiple animal cruelty charges in the Horsham Magistrates Court yesterday.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) is on the back foot defending payments of up to $531,371 in termination and ex-gratia fees to retrenched staff.
AWI chief executive Stuart McCullough faced a Senate Estimates Committee hearing in Canberra where Nationals Senator John Williams questioned why staff on salaries from $200,000 to $300,000 were paid nearly a full year in redundancy and ex-gratia payments.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Alex Sampson – “THE final quarter of last year saw a sustained drop in the price of many agricultural commodities and the NAB Rural Commodities Index fell with them.
The index was down 1.1 per cent in October, 4.5 per cent in November and 1.1 per cent in December.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Emma Field – “FOUR shearers have pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges in the Horsham Magistrates Court today.
The charges included punching sheep in the face and striking the animals with metal handpieces.
Evidence for the 65 offences presented by the Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources included video provided by animal activist group PETA captured in various shearing sheds in 2014.”
MLIVE.COM – by Heather Jordan – “FRANKENMUTH, MI — From the sidewalk, the Frankenmuth Woolen Mill looks a lot like other Main Street storefronts, but what happens inside is anything but ordinary.
“The key is that we use the old equipment. We’re one of the few people that have the equipment,” said Matt Curtis, who owns the historic business with his wife Abby Curtis. “There’s not a 100-year-old woolen mill on every corner.” “
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Erin McFadden – “Shearers picked up lambs and slammed them into the ground, while others stomped on sheep’s heads and necks, a court has heard.
The four Wimmera shearers faced Horsham Magistrate’s Court on Monday.
Natimuk’s Bradley James Arnold, Horsham’s Jake Lachlan Williams, Hamilton’s Lindsay David Gillin and Keith’s Graham Ivan Batson, all pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges.”
THE ARMIDALE EXPRESS – by Rachel Baxter – “Each year, the pavilion exhibits everything from wool to fine art – showcasing talent from across the region.
Some of the most dedicated people involved in the exhibiting are the Pearson family.”
BOMBALA TIMES – by Stephen Burns – “Sheep producers looking for quality stock came from Victoria, the Riverina, and Southern Tablelands to compete with Monaro buyers on the 16,000 Merino ewes and wethers, and first-cross ewes and wethers listed for sale at the annual Landmark Bombala circuit sale.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – by Will Chaffey – “Week starting 27/2/17:
Last week’s trade saw good results across all microns in all three selling centres, with the Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) continuing its recent trend by gaining 9c/kilogram to finish the week at 1,449c/kilogram .”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Michelle Stanley – “Foreign investment is the answer to stop the decreasing trend in Australia’s livestock industry, according to general manager of Fletcher’s International Exports, Greg Cross.
Mr Cross said when lamb and sheep meat products processor Fletcher’s opened its processing facility in Narrikup, 400 kilometres south of Perth, 19 years ago, Western Australia’s total livestock number was at roughly 37 million head.”