SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “SEVERAL Australian Wool Innovation directors have inherent conflicts of interest and lack independence, AWI reviewer and EY Australia’s Federal Government lead partner Andrew Metcalfe has concluded.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Bureau Of Meteorology – “A series of cold fronts tracked across southern Australia during the week, producing moderate falls, while a vigorous southwesterly airflow resulted in damaging winds and moderate falls in Tasmania, the Victorian Alps and Snowy Mountains in New South Wales.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s embattled chairman Wal Merriman will be out of a job if sweeping recommendations to the organisation are adopted.
But the Federal Government will not say if it will force the changes on the beleaguered research and marketing body, with Agriculture Minister David Littleproud expecting AWI to adopt them without “the heavy hand of government”.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Fiona Myers – “COROWA Merino breeder Rodger Mathews loves his sheep.
And there’s the chance he loves them just a bit more than ever with the surge in wool and meat prices.
Mr Mathews, who runs the Borambil Merino and Poll Merino stud on the Murray River west of Corowa, NSW, is a long-time Merino enthusiast.”
WAATEA NEWS (NZ) – “Māori could be key to a strategy to get more for New Zealand’s wool
Leading wool producers, processors, marketing experts and designers are in San Francisco this week for a workshop at Stanford University on strategies for the sector.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Peter Milne – Countryman – “Woolgrowers have had a stellar year, with a price increase of almost 35 per cent, but production is unlikely to rise to meet the demand any time soon.
The Eastern Market Indicator finished the first week of July at $20.56/kg. This 34.8 per cent price rise over 12 months came after a 17.6 per cent rise the year before.”
INDEPENDENT – FARM IRELAND – by Chris McCullough – “Wool prices may be low on this side of the border, but a Northern Ireland wool co-op is claiming it is offering above the going rate as it works flat out to meet demand from its Chinese customers. “
STUFF Business Day – “Wool exports are forecast to remain around 100,000 tonnes a year for the next five years.
But this is 30 per cent less than the amount exported at the start of the century.
Bloch & Behrens Wool New Zealand general manager Palle Petersen said the declining export volume have always been tied to the number of sheep. “
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “Visitors to six studs across East Gippsland had nothing but praise for the presentation of the sheep at the Gippsland Merino Field Days this week.”
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “Tough seasonal conditions in much of the catchment area did not deter wool growers from turning out for the second day of the 2018 Gippsland Merino Field Days.”