SBS.com.au – Source: AAP – “Wool industry heads have warned senators against any moves to relocate their offices from Sydney to a regional centre.
Senior executives at Australian Wool Innovation have been asked – and have declined – to make a submission to a Senate inquiry into relocations.
“We don’t think that if we move to Bourke or somewhere we can conduct our marketing as well as we can in Sydney,” chairman Walter Merriman told a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra on Tuesday.
7 NEWS – by Dan McCulloch – AAP – “Wool industry heads have warned senators against any moves to relocate their offices from Sydney to a regional centre.
Senior executives at Australian Wool Innovation have been asked – and have declined – to make a submission to a Senate inquiry into relocations.”
BOOROWA NEWS – “The 29th annual Boorowa Flock Ewe competition was held last Friday, February 24 in conjunction with the Boorowa Show.
Riding high on the sheep’s back after celebrating 28 years last year, the competition is just growing from strength to strength.
With eleven teams entered for a one day show of judging, the day was set for interaction, humour and education.”
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.”