QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) has moved to enhance shearing shed safety after recent accidents including a woman being scalped on a property in central-west NSW late last year.”
COUNTRY NEWS – by Alana Christensen – “The wool industry may be experiencing record high prices and an abundance of wool, but a shortage of shearers is continuing to put pressure on the industry.
According to Australian Bureau of Statistics data from 2016, Australia has just 2482 shearers, with numbers declining 13 per cent since 2011.”
THE ESPERANCE EXPRESS – by Jesinta Burton – “Fourteen kilograms of freshly-shorn Merino wool from Scaddan has found its way on board a flight to Sydney, destined for Australian cricketers.
The wool came from Dave and Katherine Vandenberghe’s Merino flock, with most of it set to be part of the Australian Wool Innovation headquarters’ ‘Flock to Baggy Green’ project.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Aidan Smith – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) will be dropping carpet manufacturers from the Woolmark brand soon to focus its attention solely on the apparel market.
AWI chief executive officer Stuart McCullough said at the WAFarmers Vitality: 2018 annual conference that wool growers owned the Woolmark brand “outright” and because of that they would be able to use it to market their wool, improving traceability in the supply chain.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Mal Gill – “A CAUTIOUS strategy of marketing their wool clip over several sale days at the Western Wool Centre (WWC) paid off last week for the Dempster family, of Southern Brook and Goomalling.
In recent weeks at the WWC the Wednesday has proved to be the better of the sale days and it was last week when the family’s top line topped the sale.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Nicola Bell – “A FLOCK of heavy cutting sheep has been judged the best commercial Merino flock in Victoria.
The McLennan-McColl Victorian Flock of the Year competition, run by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, was won by the Harrop family, from Bendigo, and their Merino flock ahead of six other entries.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Helen Walker – “FISCAL sustainability of local communities is a key goal for South West NRM when establishing exclusion fences, and other positive side effects have emerged such as improved mental wellbeing.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Colin Bettles – “AN independent review of Australian Wool Innovation’s performance and governance will be undertaken by Ernst & Young (EY).
EY was selected by the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to undertake the independent review which was welcomed by Agriculture and Water Resources Minister David Littleproud today.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “WHEN it comes to producing broad ribbon winners at Sydney Royal Easter Show the Riverina punches above its weight.
This region is on the front foot with podium finishes in the beef cattle section, the sheep and wool pavillion and Wagga and southern NSW is a strong force in the young auctioneers competition.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “The recent update from Turon Wild Dog Control Group stresses the need for landholders across the river hills to the north of Bathurst to be vigilant in reporting sightings of wild dogs to the home base of Jodie and Malcolm Healey.”