STOCK & LAND – “The challenge of managing small mobs of multiple-bearing ewes to improve sheep productivity is faced by many mixed producers also dealing with paddocks designed for large-scale cropping. “
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “he centre turned over just shy of 1.7 million sheep and lambs and when cattle were added into the mix the overall figure comes in at more than $428 million.
Wagga Livestock Marketing Centre manager Paul Martin said overall prices were higher for sheep and lambs and this helped to boost the results. “
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “WOOLPRODUCERS Australia remains dissatisfied with Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) Chair Wal Merriman’s apologies for his recent indiscretions which have ignited a flood of negative headlines which has threatened the flow of government funding to Research and Development Corporations.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “An extensive cloudband and surface trough became associated with a cold front producing moderate to locally heavy falls between southwestern Queensland and eastern Victoria.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S peak wool grower body has sought the release of a report into the ‘man in the mirror’ incident involving Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has admitted in a Senates Estimates hearing that he breached the AWI Code of Conduct and damaged the standing of the wool grower-owned levy-funded body.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “THE last Elliottdale stud flock in the world faces the chop if someone cannot be found to take it on.
Carl and Jann Terrey, who have kept the breed going for 25 years, can no longer manage the work of caring for the sheep due to ill health and increasing age.
“It would be such a shame to see them go to the butchers,” Mrs Terrey said.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by James Wagstaff and Natalie Kotsios – “FARM leaders are calling for change at Australian Wool Innovation to address growing unrest over corporate governance.
National Farmers’ Federation president Fiona Simson this week said embattled AWI chairman Wal Merriman needed to “seriously consider his position” at the peak wool body while Victorian Farmers Federation livestock president Leonard Vallance claimed Mr Merriman “ought to just put the shovel down and walk away from the hole”.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “RAMS have been running out the gate this season, as sheep commodity prices continue at record levels.
Rural Bank’s latest Australian Sheep update pegs the national trade lamb indicator five-year average at 521c/kg, with the October 2016 average 575c/kg. On Monday, the NTLI sat at 628c/kg, with increased export demand, up 24 per cent in value, helping to support prices.
“The value of lamb exports to China has increased 61 per cent, with improved unit prices adding to 31 per cent increase in volume,” the Rural Bank update said.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Stefanie Balogh – “The head of Australia’s wool industry has apologised for viewing a focus group of stud merino breeders behind a one-way mirror and swearing at a reporter.
Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman, accused of being “punch drunk on his own power’’, delivered the twin apologies in a Senate estimates hearing in Canberra.”