THE RURAL – “TACKLING drugs and alcohol is at the top of the agenda for Australia’s wool industry leaders.
The development of practical materials to improve worker health and safety in shearing sheds, including how to tackle alcohol abuse and drugs such as ‘ice’, will now be developed following the formation of a wool industry Stakeholder Reference Group. “
ABC RURAL – by Danielle Grindlay – “Drug testing suitable for shearing sheds is high on the list of priorities for a national taskforce, formed to tackle widespread reports of drug and alcohol abuse in the wool industry.”
STOCK & LAND – by Stephen Burns – “A MIXED-quality yarding of 3000 sheep and lambs showing all the effects of the dry season on the Monaro sold to strong competition at Cooma last Tuesday.”
STOCK & LAND – by Quinton McCallum – “THE Spinks family are taking advantage of the strong sheep market, expanding their Naturi-based farming operation and putting an ever-greater emphasis on the sheep component.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – ” THE wool market had a bumpy ride last week, tumbling before rising again.
The benchmark Eastern Market Indicator fell 20c/kg on day one of sales before rising next day to close at 1290c/kg, down 13c/kg for the week.
All micron indicators lost ground, falling between 8c/kg and 33c/kg.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kath Sullivan – “ELECTRONIC tags for sheep and goats will be cheaper than farmers had feared after the Victorian Government committed more than $17 million in subsidies.
Victorian Agriculture Minister Jaala Pulford last week announced the tag price of 35c for next year as part of a $17 million industry support package to introduce EID for sheep and goats.”
ABC RURAL – NSW Country Hour by Sally Bryant – “Woolgrowers say they love their merino fleece and believe in its future; now one family is putting their own spin on the wool from their farm.
The Smiths have generations of wool-production under their belts at Glenwood, in the hills above Wellington in the New South Wales central-west, and with five children in the next generation, they want to ensure the future of their brand.”
INTEREST.CO.NZ – by Tony Chaston – “… A double island auction attracted weak demand for all microns except merino, as the Chinese are still only purchasing on an “as needed” basis.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “WILD dog control in Western Australia has been boosted with $19.94 million in funding from the Liberal National Government, to finance industry co-operation, fence repair and construction, and more doggers.”
FULLY LOADED – “County Court finds warehouse had workplace safety plan in place but did not oversee implementation
Warehouse operator fined $50,000 after driver injury
The case was brought to the County Court of Victoria upon appeal made by the Director of Public Prosecutions, who claimed the initial judgement was inadequate.
A Melbourne warehouse operator has been fined $50,000 following a workplace injury that led to a 60-year-old truck driver being hit by a 185kg bale of wool.
In June Footscray-based Winnipeg Textiles was fined $7,000 without conviction and asked to pay $2,649 in costs by the Melbourne Magistrates Court for breach of Occupational Health and Safety Act 2004 for failing to ensure safe workplace procedures were implemented at the facility.”