SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “ANIMAL rights body PETA has linked sheep shearing with drugs on a large roadside billboard in the western Victorian city of Horsham, as four shearers are about to be sentenced over 60 animal cruelty charges.”
BENDIGO ADVERTISER – by Melissa Cunningham – “Animal rights group PETA is calling on shearers to report drug use following an investigation which exposed disturbing video footage of sheep being stomped on, brutally cut and bashed with hammers.
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The group has launched a billboard in Horsham which urged people to report drug and animal abuse in shearing sheds.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Colin Bettles – “AGRICULTURAL workforces aren’t the only ones facing increased productivity threats driven by the inflated use of the illegal drug ‘ice’ by employees.
But the shearing industry is taking proactive steps to address work-place health and safety dangers, ignited by the national methamphetamine use epidemic that’s hitting regional Australia particularly hardest.”
THE RURAL – “Two Wagga women have been selected as finalists in the sheep industry’s Peter Westblade Scholarship.
Jodi Davis and Rachael Gawne join four other finalists in the running.
Finalists will attended the Peter Westblade Memorial Merino Challenge Shearing in Wagga on April 6 and 7.”
THE STANDARD – “The use of DNA parentage testing of progeny from multiple sire mating groups significantly improves the accuracy of breeding values associated with their bloodlines.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kath Sullivan – ““IT’S not good enough,” SafeMeat chair Ross Keane said of a national study of sheep and goat traceability that found mob-based tracking is failing.
Mr Keane said Sheepcatcher II, the exercise by Animal Health Australia, showed there was “room for improvement (in the way Australian trace sheep and goats)”.”
THE COUNTRY – NZ HERALD – “The New Zealand Shearing Championships get underway tomorrow in Te Kuiti. Shearing legend Sir David Fagan caught up with The Country’s Jamie Mackay for a chat about the big event.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “The Productivity Commission has been accused of ignoring significant industry and Government efforts to achieve world-leading animal welfare standards in Australian agriculture, and favouring skewed welfare group policies to solve problems that don’t actually exist.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “NATIONAL Vendor Declaration compliance has been highlighted by the Sheepcatcher II exercise as a major issue in the National Livestock Identification System for sheep and goats meeting traceability performance benchmarks.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “A NATIONAL decision on electronic identification of sheep and goats has been put off for at least three years, despite Australia’s Sheepcatcher II exercise showing traceability performance standards are not being met with the current mob-based system.”