THE EXAMINER – “Upon discovering a scarcity in Australian-made children’s merino wool clothing, Eliza Tole took matters into her own hands.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “MOVING wool into new, predominantly active knitwear markets through processing innovation and promotion of its natural properties is the objective of a draft three-year strategic industry plan.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – The Weekend Australian Magazine – “What you’re looking at here is an exquisite balance of opposing forces.
The photo, shot from a drone, shows farmer David Greig standing on the intersection of two dirt airstrips on his property in Tottenham, in NSW’s central west, surrounded by a mob of merino ewes. Greig and his three dogs, operating like a pack with himself as the alpha, have worked the ewes into this shape by cleverly manipulating their herding instinct.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WOOL representative Carman-Lee Campbell is accustomed to distance education, having grown up in a town that is but a fly speck on the map of central-western New South Wales. But some might consider her plan to travel 4600 kilometres across Australia, from Dubbo, NSW, to Muresk Institute, Northam, next month to attend a four-day dog-training course a bit extreme.”
ABC NEWS – Landline – by Prue Adams – “A new tool to help combat feral wild dogs, an issue threatening Australia’s wool industry, is officially being launched on the market this weekend.
Known as PAPP — short for para-amino propiophenone — it is the first new predator toxin in more than 50 years.”
AUSTRALIAN WOOL INNOVATION – Wool Market Review – Week Ending 10.6.2016
SHEEP CENTRAL – “FINE wool prices fell by up to 45 cents this week, despite brokers offering the smallest catalogue in 12 months. The AWEX Eastern Market Indicator fell a further 26 cents to close at 1270 c/kg clean with brokers passing in 13 percent of the 27,231-bale offering.”
THE GUARDIAN – by Calla Wahlquist – “Selective breeding to improve wool and meat yields has created animals that can top 80kg, forcing farmers to invest in mechanical handlers…”
THE AUSTRALIAN – Business Review – “There has long been a debate about the carrying capacity of the Australian continent. In the 19th century boosters imagined an Australia the equal of America in population. They were way off the mark.”
ABC RURAL – NSW Country Hour – by Sally Bryant – “The Australian sheep industry is facing a crisis in size, according to a livestock systems analyst from New South Wales.
Phil Graham works with the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries, and said selective breeding had increased the size of mature female sheep by a factor of 15 per cent over the past 20 years.”