SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIA’S wool growers have just over three weeks to have their say in the independent review of levy-funded body Australian Wool Innovation.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “Tropical cyclone Iris generated moderate falls along Queensland’s east coast. A surface trough across northern Australia produced thunderstorms with moderate falls about the Kimberley, the Top End and the Cape York Peninsula.”
NZ FARMER – by Richard Gavigan – “Shearing contractors have struggled to shear sheep on time this season, despite a dream run with the weather in most parts of New Zealand.
Staff shortages have been the big problem, and Shearing Contractors Association president and Winton-based shearing contractor Jamie McConachie is concerned this may continue.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Dale Webster – “A MOB of 80 Merino ewes that are due to lamb have been stolen from a property at Gobarup in central Victoria.
It is the same area from where 90 pregnant Merino ewes were taken in August last year.
The latest theft was discovered on Saturday, but the owner, Adrian McIntosh of Daen Park at Wanalta, says he suspects the thieves brazenly walked the sheep out from where he had them on agistment two weeks ago.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “PERFORMANCE testing and breeding for predictability are two of the keys to success for the Close family from Culla in western Victoria.”
STOCK & LAND – by Joely Mitchell – “Matilda Scott, Conara, Tasmania, has been awarded the 2018 Golden Stencil, as a part of the AWEX/TAFE National Graduate Wool Classer Competition, held at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.”
ABC NEWS – by Brooke Neindorf – “Following on the successful paddock-to-plate concept, wool producers in the Barossa Valley are using a farm-to-fashion approach so consumers know where their wool comes from.
South Australia’s Barossa Valley is well known for its wine, food and tourism, but it is not uncommon to see sheep grazing between the vineyards.”
STUFF – THE PRESS – by Chris Hutching – “Carpet maker Cavalier Corporation says its revamping its export focus and product range after a return to profit following two years of factory closures and restructuring.
The developments come after weathering a difficult last year when chief executive Paul Alston warned of breaching bank covenants if the wool market didn’t improve.”
NEWS.COM.AU – by Rourke Walsh – “WA sheep farmers are considering high-tech security upgrades to help monitor their flocks after a spate of thefts left some farmers tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket.
The crime spike has been felt across farming districts and comes on the back of near-record prices for meat and wool that have seen the value of sheep soar.”
BOMBALA TIMES – “EY has been appointed by the Federal Government to conduct an independent review of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI). The review is now open for submissions, closing on May 4, 2018. Submissions can be made via the webpage: www2.srnet.com.au/SE/1/AWIReview
The review is being led by Andrew Metcalfe AO, EY Federal Government Lead Partner, EY Australia, in accordance with the terms of reference outlined by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.”