SCOOP INDEPENDENT NEWS – Press Release Commerce Commission – Rotorua business Budge Collection Limited (Budge) and sole director, Sun Dong Kim, were convicted and fined a total of $71,250 in Auckland District Court after each pleading guilty to four charges of misrepresenting how much alpaca fibre was in their duvets.
Budge imported duvets from China and sold them to two Auckland retailers that largely cater for the tourist shopping market.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Jodie Rintoul and Courtney Walsh – “GENETIC advancement by WA Merino breeders has been rewarded with major interest from local, interstate and international buyers.
The 2016 Rabobank WA Sheep Expo and Sale held over two days in Katanning last week reflected the positive outlook for the WA sheep industry, with stud breeders out in force, showing off their latest genetics.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Annabelle Beale – “PROCESSORS are calling for a national mandate on the use of electronic identification for sheep and goats, following Victoria’s move to make electronic tags compulsory.
From mid next year, all Victorian saleyards and abattoirs will be required to read electronic tags of sheep and goats born in 2017, with the information linked to National Livestock Identification System (NLIS). “
ABC RURAL – by Danielle Grindlay – “All lambs born in Victoria, from 2017 onwards, must be fitted with an electronic identification tag.
The State Government this morning announced mandatory electronic tags for sheep and goats, despite strong opposition from national industry groups.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Sally Cripps – “Longreach shearer Dave Grant has had a tough time getting ready for the upcoming Jackie Howe Festival Invitational at Jondaryan’s Festival of the Golden Shears.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Beale – “WHEN the New Zealand wool industry was being crippled by the fluctuating prices in the 1990s, fine wool growers banded together to redefine the industry’s business model in order to survive.
In 1995, The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) was founded as a sales, marketing, and innovation company which has shattered the traditional supply chain by connecting woolgrowers with consumers.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff – “EXCLUSIVE: ALL sheep born in Victoria from January 1 next year must be electronically tagged, under a controversial government plan to be unveiled today.
In a move likely to anger other states and divide the industry, Victoria has vowed to move forward with compulsory electronic sheep identification — becoming the first state in Australia to do so.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “THE impact of recent dry seasons will continue to be felt over the next 12 months of wool production.
The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee has revised its shorn wool production forecast for the 2016-17 year to 325 million kilograms greasy — the same amount as was produced in the 2015-16 season.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Riahn Smith – “THEY’RE the pioneers of Penzance — three brothers from the small Cornwall town in the south of England who left their homeland to seek new opportunities halfway around the world.
Alexander, William and John Dennis arrived in Port Phillip in 1840 and ventured west to the unsettled lands near Lake Colac.”
STOCK & LAND – by Jeanette Severs – “Omeo’s Darren Hayward is building his flock in the shadow of Mt Hotham, using Pendarra bloodlines with the occasional infusion of Round Hill Merinos.”