NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Bruce McLeish – “THE Australian wool market, and therefore Merino prices around the globe took a step back during the past week as higher currency exchange rates and uncertainty from customers came to the fore. On average Merino types eased by 40 or 50c/kg, with the low performing high mid-break lots being more severely discounted, but even the better style lots showed an easier tendency temporarily.”
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MALAY MAIL ONLINE – London – Menswear brand Scabal has joined forces with high-fashion textile group The Woolmark Company on a short film celebrating the art of craft.
Titled Handling Perfection, the film lauds the process of creating something by hand, be it a steel bike, a Michelin-starred dish, or a suit made from the finest Australian Merino wool. “It’s that same dedication,” says the clip’s narrator.”
Mirror-gate: AWI leadership team to face Senate Estimates after chairman’s ‘bizarre’ behaviour with focus group
ABC NEWS – by Charlie McKillop, Courtney Fowler – “Executive members of the Australian Wool Innovation research and development body will be called before a Senate Estimates hearing to explain the ”bizarre” behaviour of its chairman in the so-called mirror-gate controversy.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – “MERINOSELECT ram breeders have questioned Australian Wool Innovation chief executive officer Stuart McCullough’s account of a research focus group observed by AWI chairman Wal Merriman behind a one-way mirror.”
THE WEEKLY TIMES – by Kate Dowler – “GEELONG has become the temporary home of some of the world’s top wool fashions.
The city will host an exhibition of top woollen designs, The Art of Wool, at the National Wool Museum until November 18. The Woolmark Company’s exhibition aims to fuse fashion with wool to celebrate the fibre and the farms where it’s grown.”
TASMANIAN COUNTRY – by Roger Hanson – “THE provenance story of Tasmanian wool is driving strong and growing interest.
About three years ago the state’s biggest wool agent Roberts ramped up its branding by revitalising its Tasmanian Merino project, driven by wool manager Alistair Calvert.”
SHEEP CENTRAL – by Terry Sim – WILLANDRA Merino Stud principal Ross Wells has come out in defence of Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman’s attendance of a MERINOSELECT breeders’ focus group in Sydney earlier this year. The fellow New South Wales breeder from Hillston believes Mr Merriman has been “cooked pretty badly” by recent media coverage, but his credibility is “still solid”.”
QUEENSLAND COUNTRY LIFE – by Colin Bettles – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) has written to its wool levy-paying members explaining its role in the one-way mirror incident involving Chair Wal Merriman.
The letter from AWI CEO Stuart McCullough said “I am writing to you directly to lay the facts on the table and give a clear understanding of what occurred”.”
NORTH QUEENSLAND REGISTER – by Colin Bettles – “AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) Chair Wal Merriman will face political scrutiny after covertly observing a grower focus group meeting on sheep genetics from behind a one way mirror. Mr Merriman has admitted he committed the unusual act in June at a consultation meeting in Sydney where some of the invited Merino producers didn’t want the long-serving Chair to attend.”
WESTERN MAGAZINE – “A first of its kind wild dog control program will be launched in the heart of the Hunter Valley’s sheep producing region next week, as the NSW government works with landholders to control pest species.
The Upper Hunter Professional Wild Dog Controller Program is a partnership between the Hunter Valley Combined Wild Dog Association, Hunter Local Land Services and a number of key investors.”