QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Annabelle Cleeland – “Wool broker Don Macdonald has secured a seat at Australian Wool Innovation’s board table, as the industry group looks to invest in robotic shearing by using an unexpected $17 million in surplus revenue.”
WESTERN ADVOCATE – by John Seaman – “GREAT rainfall last weekend should give instant stock feed on summer fodder crops and grazing lucerne stands.
Because the rains have come so late, they have missed the normal spring growing season and are several months early for grazing oats or red wheat.
A long-gone friend always suggested that grazing oats could be sown as soon as we rose from the Christmas dinner table.”
FARM WEEKLY – by Colin Bettles – “NOTHING can match the numbers crunched on Australian agriculture which indicate “staggering results”, says Assistant Agriculture and Water Resources Minister Luke Hartsuyker.
Mr Hartsuyker spoke at the National Farmers’ Federation and Soils for Life event in Canberra on Tuesday where National Agriculture Day was celebrated with a showcase of local produce.”
THE RURAL – by Marty Moses – “The AWEX EMI closed the week on 1683c, up 2c and setting a new record high at auction sales this week in Australia. The apparent strength in this amazing market trend was tested by the largest offering in Australia in three months and the largest southern offering since January 17.”
THE RURAL – by Nikki Reynolds – “WHEN Mangoplah wool grower Paul Cocking stepped onto the board of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) four years ago he had high hopes.
“The main thing is I want is to thank the people who have supported me from beginning to end.
He held the position for two terms and advocated for research and development and greater support for growers. “I would have liked another term,” he told The Rural this week. “
SHEEP CENTRAL – “BULLYING media and producers who question the surgical mulesing of sheep will lead to a ban on the practice, Meat & Livestock Australia managing director Richard Norton told the 2017 MLA annual general meeting in Alice Springs today.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “MEAT & Livestock Australia has appointed former Horticulture Innovation Australia marketing lead Graeme Yardy to the position of domestic market manager.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – “For the week to 21 November, rainfall was recorded in all States and Territories, except in the Pilbara, northern Gascoyne and central interior districts of WA. At the beginning of the week, a large cloudband associated with a cold front and surface trough tracked across southeastern Australia. Thunderstorms and showers produced moderate to locally heavy falls in the eastern half of SA, VIC, southwestern NSW and parts of southern Tasmania.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “A VICTORIAN Farmers Federation call for sheep industry co-operation on breech flystrike research is seeking to end the rift between Australian Wool Innovation and Meat & Livestock Australia on the issue.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Natalie Kotsios and James Wagstaff – “EMBATTLED Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has been “unanimously” re-elected to head the grower-funded body.
Mr Merriman, who has been chairman for nine years and whose recent behaviour has come under fire and prompted calls for him to resign, was returned following AWI’s annual meeting in Sydney last week.”