FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “WOOLPOLL levy options that woolgrowers will vote on next month have been labelled “biased” within hours of being released by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).
Pingelly wool and grain grower John Hassell, WA’s representative on the national WoolPoll 2018 panel which helped prepare for the triennial vote on the proportion of wool cheque woolgrowers will pay to part-fund AWI for the next three years, is angered by the options range, describing it as “disgraceful”. “
FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “SHEEP are great because they make money, according to Agrarian Management consultant Ashley Herbert who spoke at the recent LambEx 2018 conference at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.
He said he liked what sheep could do, “ they make money, they make money well”. “
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “IN a remarkable week of record wool sales, buyers at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) appear to have been swept up in what has been described as “a perfect storm”.
“Crazy” was another description, by PJ Morris Wools buyer Darren Calder, of frenetic WWC trading on Wednesday last week, the only day wool was auctioned in WA due to a lack of supply.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Stephanie Sinclair – “AUSTRALIA’s dependence on China as its largest agricultural export market could backfire if tensions between the East Asian country and the United States continue to escalate.
That was part of the message delivered by Rabobank’s head of financial markets research Asia-Pacific, Michael Every, to an intimate group of the bank’s clients in Perth last week.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Courtney Walsh – “Speakers at the Merino development seminar held during the Rabobank WA Sheep Expo and Sale last week were Planfarm consultant Paul Omodei (left), Rabobank commodity analyst Georgia Twomey and sheep nutrition expert John Milton.”
6PR882 NEWS TALK – Gareth Parker – “There hasn’t been a wool boom since the 1980’s but there’s been a peak in the industry and WA doesn’t have enough shearers to cope with the demand.
Darren Spencer, President of the WA Sheering Industry Association spoke with Gareth about how to tackle the shearers shortage during peak season.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Penelope Arthur – “Prime Minister Scott Morrison says all options are on the table when it comes to drought relief and drought recovery measures.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Bob Garnant – Countryman – “The Bayer Avenge Ram Shed is always abuzz with excitement at the Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days, with livestock fans taking stock of the progressive sheep industry showcase.
Within its dedicated livestock areas, which includes the neighbouring Milne Marquee, this year’s Dowerin Field Days is set to host a range of activities designed to add value to any mixed farming enterprise.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Ann Rawlings – Countryman – “The Dowerin GWN7 Machinery Field Days is not only a showcase for the latest agricultural machinery, it also highlights the depth and breadth of careers available within the industry.
With this in mind, the Field Days Committee this year has brought a new competition into the fold, the Young Farmers Challenge.”
MACROBUSINESS BLOG – by Leith van Onselen – “Last month, it was Australia’s mining sector gearing up to employ temporary foreign workers to fill so-called ‘skills shortages’.
Now, Australia’s wool industry is pressuring the government to allow the importation of foreign shearers [my emphasis]: SOLVING a shortage of shearers has become the curly question of the State’s wool boom. But the industry’s peak body says jetting in shearers from the UK to clip sheep on farms across WA during peak times could be the answer.”