NZ HERALD – “Questions are being asked after a lucrative water consent attached to a former wool scouring plant in Christchurch went on the market.
Newshub reported tonight the Kaputone wool scouring plant in Belfast is about to be sold off and, with it, a water consent allowing the extraction of more than 4.3 million litres of water a day – the equivalent of 50 one-litre bottles a second.
The only cost is $100 – if inspected – and the consent does not expire until 2032.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WOOLGROWERS who watched the fashion parades at the 2017 Make Smoking History Wagin Woolorama last week saw some of their wool being worn by the models.
Peter Scanlan Wools had eight pure wool and wool blend women’s fashion outfits made especially for the event by Sunshine woollen mills in China, the world’s biggest integrated worsted wool fabric and clothing manufacturer.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Colin Bettles – “WOOLGROWER groups have endorsed relocating Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) out of its Sydney head office and into the regions, despite staunch resistance from the industry’s marketing and research body.”
ABC NEWS – RURAL – by Emma Brown – “Anthrax has been confirmed on an additional two farms in north-west Victoria, bringing the number of properties with livestock deaths to four.”
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.”