THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Lyndal Reading – “THE first question to ask yourself is “why am I collecting this data?”
This advice was from Belinda Steers of Precision Livestock Solutions, when demonstrating measuring fleece weight using sheep electronic identification at a field day at Greta last week.”
RNZ – by Alexa Cook – “A new app for the Australian wool industry is creating tension among wool brokers. The $3 million WoolQ app will allow growers to gather and analyse their data in one place, and communicate with other growers, brokers and potentially with buyers.
Wool is currently still sold by an ‘open cry’ auction system, with the buyers and the wool in one place – but this technology could change that.”
STOCK & LAND – by Murray Arnel – “Merino ewes have made a lip-quivering $300 head on two occasions during an on-farm flock dispersal auction near Corowa in the southern Riverina of NSW.”
PORT LINCOLN TIMES – “The historic fishing boat Tacoma did its annual trip to Taylors Island on Sunday to pick up the annual wool clip from the island south east of Port Lincoln.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “Australian Wool Innovation board members will be required to undergo training in “dealing with” key stakeholders and the media, amid calls for the organisation to crack down on its chairman’s behaviour.
About 250 AWI shareholders put their votes to use at the organisation’s annual meeting in Sydney on Friday, voting in three new directors to a seven-person board.
Ahead of the vote, AWI director Colette Garnsey told shareholders a board members’ review into AWI chairman Wal Merriman’s recent behaviour found “no material breach” had occurred.”
THE WEST AUSTRALIAN – by Cally Dupe – “The wool broker who called for an inquiry into Australian Wool Innovation’s voting process has gained a spot on the new AWI board after clocking up the second-highest vote for the three vacant positions.
NSW wool broker Don Mac-donald was elected on to the peak wool marketing and research body’s board at its annual meeting in Sydney on Friday, receiving 136,384 votes even though he was not endorsed by the AWI board.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Lucy Kinbacher – “A DUBBO accountant believes he may have found the answer to stop wild dogs attacking sheep using a chemical sourced from England which is a taste deterrent similar to that used in products to stop nail biting.
John Shepherd attended the Surat Predator Control Day yesterday armed with the product he has named, Protectum.”
GOULBURN POST – by David Cole – “Many local farmers turned out to the Inaugural Agriculture Day celebrations in Goulburn on Tuesday, November 21. Guest speakers discussed agricultural innovation and stalls featured local products from Kingsdale Winery, Yarralaw Springs Winery, Parkesbourne Produce and Bent Shed Produce.”
BLUE MOUNTAINS GAZETTE – by Ilsa Cunningham – “Kate Blair-Hickman will spend six months from March studying agriculture in the UK.
The East Blaxland teenager who attended Nepean Christian School, was recently awarded an $8000 scholarship from the charity BBM Youth Support to study overseas.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “WOOLGROWER shareholders have complained of missing ballot papers as just 7000 votes, or three per cent of total votes cast, decide who remained on the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) board.
The closely contested election also shone a spotlight on the use of open proxies by AWI chairman Wal Merriman in influencing the fate of the board election.”