ABC NEWS, WA Country Hour – by Kit Mochan – “A farmer says he is “gutted” after losing around $50,000 worth of pregnant sheep in what appears to be a well planned and executed heist. The news comes at a time when Australian farmers are on high alert as sheep prices hit record highs and thefts increase.
Merino stud breeder Collyn Garnett is the second farmer to come forward as a victim to Gnowangerup police in the space of weeks, after Mr Garnett’s neighbour Kevin Wise reported 80 wether weaners stolen a fortnight ago.”
THE AUSTRALIAN – by Sue Neales – Rural Reporter – “Canberra has announced an independent inquiry into the performance and governance of Australia’s key wool marketing body, after its chairman admitted last October to breaching its own code of conduct and damaging the organisation’s standing.
Australian Wool Innovation, the successor of the former Wool Board, has earned the ire of growers for its alleged lack of transparency, accountability and poor board governance, amid calls for its controversial chairman Wal Merriman to resign.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – ” 2017 SHEEP FARMER OF THE YEAR FINALIST
Georgina and Hamish Wallace
A RECORD run of wool prices made 2017 the year of the Merino sheep. And riding high on this wave of success was Tasmanian sheep producer Georgina Wallace.”
CROOKWELL GAZETTE – by Brad Cartwright – “In front of a large crowd of well over 260 people, leading steward Shannon Arnall informed all spectators of the work the committee does behind the scene to make the event such a success.
Major sponsor ANZ Agribusiness were well represented at the presentation and the on-farm judging with Agribusiness Relationship Manager Andrew Treweeke announcing the placegetters.”
BOMBALA TIMES – by Jamie Brown – “Last-standing producers of traditional style super-fine Merino wool are finding themselves in the box seat when it comes to choosing a buyer.
With a rapidly dwindling volume of the right stuff and increasing demand from luxury quarters, Italian mills are working hard to woo customers as they bid for security of supply.”
SUPPLY CHAIN BRAIN – by The Wall Street Journal – “Wool isn’t just for winter wear anymore, and its use in everything from shoes to underwear briefs is pushing prices of merino, the most popular type of wool fiber for clothes, to near-record highs.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will undergo a new independent review of performance and governance, the Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources David Littleproud has announced this morning.”
SBS – “Australian Wool Innovation chief executive Stuart McCullough has defended attending a $67,000 course at Stanford University at taxpayers’ expense”.
STOCK & LAND – by Alastair Dowie – “Restocker demand on breeding ewes underpinned the Elders Wycheproof sheep sale. First cross Border Leicester/Merino ewes, 1.5 years, sold to $228 while 2015 drop ewes sold between $190 and $200. First cross ewe lambs sold from around $180 to $200 with one pen selling to $220.”
DAILY MAIL – by Australian Associated Press – “Australia’s scandal-plagued wool industry peak marketing and research body will face an independent review of its performance and governance.
Australian Wool Innovation last year faced accusations of impropriety in board elections over the use of proxies.”