QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Leaked letters between Australian Wool Innovation and Meat and Livestock Australia chiefs exposes a fragmented sheep research and development industry.
At the centre of the battle is the inability of AWI and MLA to collaborate on the Merino Lifetime Productivity (MLP) project, a 10-year, $7 million investment across five sites involving 166 sires and 5000 ewe progeny.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Karolin Macgregor – “FARMERS in some of Tasmania’s driest areas have been dealt a major blow as last week’s freak weather caused significant stock losses.
Freezing cold winds and torrential rain caused thousands of livestock deaths in the Midlands and some elevated areas.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Jamie-Lee Oldfield – “CRICKET-LOVERS worldwide are well acquainted with the iconic baggy green, the cap worn by Australia’s Test cricketers.
But how many know the skill and dedication that goes into growing the wool that makes one of the nation’s favourite caps?
Kookaburra, who manufactures the baggy green, is giving wool growers the chance to be part of baggy green legend and accepting donations of raw wool from Australian growers to make the next batches of baggy green caps.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “THE nation’s agricultural think tank chief believes weakness surrounding oversight and transparency of levy management is diminishing the strength of the country’s rural Research and Development Corporations.
The structures that underpin Australia’s agricultural levy system are known to be complex, convoluted and at times, in some industries, lack accountability.”
THE DAILY ADVERTISER – by Nikki Reynolds – “LAMB prices pushed to a new all-time high of $254.60 at the Wagga market on Thursday.
Leann Dax of Meat and Livestock Australia’s National Livestock Reporting Service confirmed the result and said the stand-out lambs now held the national record.
In all a total of 37,000 sheep and lambs went under the hammer.”
RURAL NEWS – by Pam Tipa – “Wools of New Zealand plans to offer more shares to growers who have been supporting the Wool Market Development Commitment (WMDC).
Growers have contributed $10.9 million to WMDC over four years; 70% has been spent on marketing and innovations, the balance on operations, Wools of NZ says in its annual report.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Gregor Heard – “IN AMIDST the debate on the best model for levy-payer funded research and development organisations, one important detail is often forgotten, according to the general manager of a grower group responsible for overseeing the Grains and Research Development Corporation (GRDC).”
BBC NEWS – by Howard Mustoe – “It is in the finest carpets, it is in Harris Tweed, and now you’ll even find it in top-of-the-range beds; but at £1 a kilo, UK wool hasn’t been this cheap in seven years.
Only 14 months ago, it was worth 30% more. So why is wool coming down in price and how come the cost of that soft woollen jumper isn’t coming down as well?”
STOCK & LAND – by Peter Kostos – “RECENTLY I was given some livestock papers from 1977-1978, detailing news from November through to March. It was very interesting reading, and it brought back memories of my old Newmarket saleyard days.
The time period is a time following the devastating drought that saw many producers loose many dollars, and some not recovering from that period.”
THE EXAMINER – by Lucy Stone – “Stepping into Waverley Woollen Mills is like stepping back in time.
Tucked away behind Launceston on the banks of Distillery Creek, the mill’s 143-year history has reflected much of the city’s own manufacturing legacy.
But unlike many other iconic Tasmanian businesses, the mill has held on, despite several near-closures over the past 20 years.”