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AWI chairman Wal Merriman to stay while shareholders support him

Terry Sim, 18 October 2017

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has indicated he won’t be resigning despite calls to stand down, after he swore at an ABC reporter for questioning him about the AWI leader’s covert observation of Merino breeders behind a one-way mirror.

SheepConnect SA gets $350,000 funding boost for pastoral expansion

Sheep Central, 02 October 2017

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s successful sheep extension program SheepConnect will be expanded in South Australia after a $350,000 funding boost.

Wool price indicator holds firm, but fine wool and tender lines dip

Sheep Central, 22 September 2017

WOOL prices steadied at auctions this this week, despite some discounts for some tender lines, indicating trade satisfaction with current price levels.

Opinion: Objective evidence trumps sheep myth and mystery

Guest Author, 21 September 2017

FARM business consultant Phil Holmes has written an open letter to Australian Wool Innovation’s board urging its sponsorship of a challenge to visual sheep classers to prove the worth of their skills.

WEP group chairman and NSW broker successfully nominate for 2017 AWI election

Terry Sim, 19 September 2017

WOOL Exchange Portal working group chairman Will Wilson and New South Wales wool broker and grower Don Macdonald have successfully nominated for the 2017 Australian Wool Innovation board election.

Merino breeders welcome senator interest in one-way mirror incident

Terry Sim, 15 September 2017

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.

Australian wool prices dip on demand, clip quality and exchange rate

Sheep Central, 15 September 2017

A FURTHER correction in Australian wool prices this week has been attributed to strong buying earlier in the season, currency exchange rates and current offering quality.

NSW Merino stud breeder defends AWI chairman’s focus group actions

Terry Sim, 14 September 2017

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”.

AWI Wool Exchange Portal plan hit by data and ownership rift with AWEX

Terry Sim, 13 September 2017

AUSTRALIA’S proposed Wool Exchange Portal has hit a major obstacle after failing to negotiate agreement on industry data access and ownership proposals with the Australian Wool Exchange.

AWI-funded focus group session fails ‘wool grower’ pub test

Terry Sim, 08 September 2017

NATIONAL wool producer bodies have backed MERINOSELECT Merino ram breeders who believe a focus group session earlier this year has failed AWI’s ‘wool grower test’.