THE RURAL – “The sheep and wool industry’s young guns were in the spotlight at the MerinoLink annual conference last week, with the innovative “hour of power”.
The hour of power was presented by nine researchers, scholars and innovators, aged 18 to 30 years.”
GLEN INNES EXAMINER – by Steve Evans – “The agricultural research station outside Glen Innes has started courses in sheep shearing and wool treatment because of the rising demand for shearers.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has confirmed its new online wool portal WoolQ has unrestricted access to the data of wool growers who register with it, but said it had no intention of disseminating information to other people.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Kristen Frost – “When the last week of the wool selling calendar closed last week, it left behind a stunning performance in it’s wake.
Although the AWEX (Australian Wool Exchange) EMI (Eastern Market Indicator) declined 17 cents for the week, closing at 2056c per kilogram clean, year on year the EMI improved a substantial 531c/kg or 38.8 per cent.”
WELLINGTON TIMES – by Geoff Plasto – “Rainfall last week was meant to be in the vicinity of 10 to 20mm however most ended with 3 to 5mm especially in the south of Wellington. Higher falls of up to 15mm fell around the Bodangora area and up to 27mm at Elong.”
NZ FARMER – by Heather Chalmers – “Farmers will continue to lobby government departments to use wool in carpets, upholstery and insulation, saying it is more healthy for people and the environment than synthetics.
Housing New Zealand switched to synthetic carpets in 2011 and Government’s $2 billion KiwiBuild programme, aimed at building 100,000 affordable homes for first-home buyers over the next 10 years, is not specifying wool.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – “Last week wool auction prices soared at charity auctions held by wool marketing and brokering company,
Australian Wool Network (AWN) as they raised funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) during its 90th anniversary year.”
RURAL NEWS – by Pam Tipa – “The shearing industry must move now to stave off the threat of farmers being unable to get their sheep shorn, says Mark Barrowcliffe, president of the NZ Shearing Contractors Association.”
GREEN BIZ – by Lyn Meany – “Corporate sustainability reporting is almost de rigueur. According to the Governance & Accountability Institute, the number of S&P 500 companies issuing sustainability reports has grown from just 20 percent in 2011 to 82 percent in 2016. That’s quite a trend, and quite a good thing, for the companies and their stakeholders — but only if they do it right.”
STOCK & LAND – by Natalie Croxon – “Kyneton, Ballarat, Daylesford, Bacchus Marsh, Bright and Falls Creek are among the areas forecast to possibly experience damaging winds on Wednesday, with a severe weather warning issued.”