AWI clauses to retain board nomination committee control

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will seemingly retain the ability to determine its board nomination committee structure if constitutional changes proposed at its annual general meeting are passed…Read More

Terry Sim, November 18, 2019

Trend in brands rejecting ‘mulesed’ wool to continue

AUSTRALIA’S wool industry faces the prospect of more retail and fashion brands moving away from using wool from mulesed sheep, according to an exporter body leader…Read More

Sheep Central, November 18, 2019

Merino ewes in demand on AuctionsPlus sales

DEMAND for Merino ewe lambs and young ewes strengthened on AuctionsPlus last week…Read More

Sheep Central, November 18, 2019

NSW DPI urges farmers to seek bushfire assistance

BUSHFIRE-AFFECTED landholders needing animal welfare assistance, including emergency fodder, water and veterinary care are being urged to call the NSW Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647…Read More

Sheep Central, November 18, 2019

WoolProducers retains leaders and elects new director

AUSTRALIA’S peak wool grower body WoolProducers Australia has retained its leadership and elected a new board member…Read More

Sheep Central, November 18, 2019

New Zealand shearers get ready for trans-Tasman test at Dubbo

NEW Zealand machine and blade shearers have been honing their skills in the lead up to the next trans-Tasman tests at the Australian national shearing and woolhandling championships in Dubbo later this month…Read More

Doug Laing, Shearing Sports New Zealand, November 18, 2019

Naracoorte first cross ewes set national record at $402

NARACOORTE’S annual first cross ewe sale has set a new Australian record of $402 for the popular Border Leicester-Merino prime lamb mothers…Read More

Terry Sim, November 14, 2019


Seasonal climate outlook December 2019 to February 2020
Bureau of Meteorology, November 15, 2019
Hand-to-mouth wool auction market to be tested
Sheep Central, November 15, 2019
Early auction rally sparks forward market bidding
Mike Avery, Southern Aurora Markets partner, November 15, 2019

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What readers are saying

Trend in brands rejecting ‘mulesed’ wool to continue

AWI has known for over a decade there were rumbles about non-mulesed wool in the market place. They kicked, screamed and resisted change instead of proactively bringing members on....

Kathryn Saxton
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AWI clauses to retain board nomination committee control

Andrew on your basis we might include the search for the golden fleece and the Trojan horse, the latter being the 'young successors' Merriman and presumably the directors are....

Jack Cleary
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AWI clauses to retain board nomination committee control

The governance issue still haunts AWI and for good reason. Here is another case of wool being pulled over the eyes of stakeholders. This will go on and on....

Andrew Farran
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Italian spinner Loro Piana calls for AWI board change

A genetic solution does not need to be found. It exists already in flocks breeding sheep that do not require mulesing, because of their skin, wool type and traits....

Jodie Green
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News

AWI clauses to retain board nomination committee control

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will seemingly retain the ability to determine its board nomination committee structure if constitutional changes proposed at its annual general meeting are passed…Read More

Terry Sim, November 18, 2019

Trend in brands rejecting ‘mulesed’ wool to continue

AUSTRALIA’S wool industry faces the prospect of more retail and fashion brands moving away from using wool from mulesed sheep, according to an exporter body leader…Read More

Sheep Central, November 18, 2019

Merino ewes in demand on AuctionsPlus sales

DEMAND for Merino ewe lambs and young ewes strengthened on AuctionsPlus last week…Read More

Sheep Central, November 18, 2019

NSW DPI urges farmers to seek bushfire assistance

BUSHFIRE-AFFECTED landholders needing animal welfare assistance, including emergency fodder, water and veterinary care are being urged to call the NSW Agricultural and Animal Services Hotline on 1800 814 647…Read More

Sheep Central, November 18, 2019

Markets

Naracoorte first cross ewes set national record at $402

NARACOORTE’S annual first cross ewe sale has set a new Australian record of $402 for the popular Border Leicester-Merino prime lamb mothers…Read More

Terry Sim, November 14, 2019

Rodwell Edenhope sale sets Victorian first cross ewe record

YOUNG first cross ewes sold for a Victorian record price of $388 at Rodwell’s Edenhope sale yesterday and ewe lambs made to $340…Read More

Terry Sim, November 15, 2019

Hand-to-mouth wool auction market to be tested

MERINO wool prices enjoyed a general lift across all microns at Australian auctions in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle this week…Read More

Sheep Central, November 15, 2019

Early auction rally sparks forward market bidding

BIDDING in the forward wool market began the week ahead of cash into the first quarter of 2020, but failed to excite the sellers with sentiment and rumour suggesting a solid rally…Read More

Mike Avery, Southern Aurora Markets partner, November 15, 2019

Lamb Production

Sheep producer questions Agriculture Victoria staff changes

LEADING Victorian sheep meat industry representative Tim Leeming has called for wide producer consultation on proposed changes at Agriculture Victoria centres…Read More

Terry Sim, November 13, 2019

Sheep lot-feeding and confinement systems gain traction

THIS drought is changing the way sheep breeders and fatteners run their enterprises, with lot-feeding of lambs and pen-feeding of sheep playing a crucial part in keeping some enterprises afloat…Read More

Liz Wells, November 13, 2019

WoolProducers Australia rejects unfounded mulesing ban claims

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s 2019 director election campaign has descended into rumour-mongering, with suggestions candidates running against AWI’s preferred ‘ticket’ wanted to ban mulesing…Read More

Terry Sim, November 11, 2019

MSA underpins quality lamb and beef marketing

THE benefits of the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) program to major processors are far-reaching and span from on-farm production to the end consumer, according to Meat & Livestock Australia…Read More

Sheep Central, November 11, 2019

Wool Production

Italian spinner Loro Piana calls for AWI board change

PREMIUM Italian spinner and weaver Loro Piana has publicly supported a change in Australian Wool Innovation’s board, while urging AWI to comply with market requirements in animal welfare and sustainability…Read More

Sheep Central, November 15, 2019

AWI-backed election candidate Humphries gets Olsson tick

FORMER Australian Wool Innovation director Chick Olsson has made the surprising move to back New South Wales veterinarian Dr Michelle Humphries in the 2019 AWI election…Read More

Terry Sim, November 15, 2019

Sheep producer questions Agriculture Victoria staff changes

LEADING Victorian sheep meat industry representative Tim Leeming has called for wide producer consultation on proposed changes at Agriculture Victoria centres…Read More

Terry Sim, November 13, 2019

Will no change to AWI’s board culture lead to its own demise?

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s 2019 director election could have more hinging on it than just board or cultural change at the levy and taxpayer-funded company, according to market, levy income and industry trends…Read More

Terry Sim, November 13, 2019

Processing

Italian spinner Loro Piana calls for AWI board change

PREMIUM Italian spinner and weaver Loro Piana has publicly supported a change in Australian Wool Innovation’s board, while urging AWI to comply with market requirements in animal welfare and sustainability…Read More

Sheep Central, November 15, 2019

MSA underpins quality lamb and beef marketing

THE benefits of the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) program to major processors are far-reaching and span from on-farm production to the end consumer, according to Meat & Livestock Australia…Read More

Sheep Central, November 11, 2019

Victorian classer Alice wins wool industry ambassador award

CENTRAL Victorian wool classer Alice McKay has been awarded the Prime Super & Shearer Woolhandler Training Inc Wool Classing Ambassador Award for 2019 for excellence in wool handling and in-shed..Read More

Terry Sim, November 4, 2019

Artificial intelligence makes accurate sheep counting a reality

A LIVESTOCK counting system using artificial intelligence will be ready for the live export industry this year and for use in sheep saleyards by April 2020…Read More

Terry Sim, November 1, 2019

Trade

Italian spinner Loro Piana calls for AWI board change

PREMIUM Italian spinner and weaver Loro Piana has publicly supported a change in Australian Wool Innovation’s board, while urging AWI to comply with market requirements in animal welfare and sustainability…Read More

Sheep Central, November 15, 2019

MSA underpins quality lamb and beef marketing

THE benefits of the Meat Standards Australia (MSA) program to major processors are far-reaching and span from on-farm production to the end consumer, according to Meat & Livestock Australia…Read More

Sheep Central, November 11, 2019

Increasing discounts for wool from mulesed sheep ‘inevitable’

ITALIAN wool processor Vitale Barberis Canonico will not buy wool grown by its exclusive Wool Excellence Club members from surgically mulesed sheep or those treated with breech freeze branding from 2021…Read More

Terry Sim, November 8, 2019

Lamb wholesaler stays in administration with debts over $5m

A Queensland-based meat wholesale business remains in voluntary administration this week, after creditors expressed opposition to a Deed of Company Arrangement proposed during a meeting on Friday…Read More

Jon Condon, November 8, 2019

Property

Well-equipped NSW sheep feeding property offers options

AN EXTENSIVE capital expenditure program has turned the Mogal Plain Aggregation at Tottenham in central New South Wales into a premier mixed farming operation capable of feeding close to 10,000 sheep…Read More

Liz Wells, November 6, 2019

Historic Kadlunga sale will add to Collinsville Merino operations

THE historic Kadlunga aggregation in South Australia’s Clare Valley has been bought in an off-market buyer-initiated deal by Collinsville Merino Stud’s George and Sophie Millington. The 3923ha aggregation near Mintaro..Read More

Sheep Central, June 12, 2019

TFI’s Texas Downs sale to test value of Lower Darling country

ANOTHER corporate investor is set to exit the Menindee district in western New South Wales with Thomas Foods International’s listing of its 5278-hectare property Texas Downs…Read More

Liz Wells, April 30, 2019

Merino breeders buy Victorian showcase Mt Fyans for $37 million

NEW South Wales stud Merino breeders Ian and Camilla Shippen have paid $37 million for Mt Fyans, one of the largest and most highly regarded agricultural holdings in Victoria’s Western District…Read More

Linda Rowley, December 7, 2018

Beef Central

RED MEAT 2019: ‘Cultural shift’ emerging in R&D adoption

Australia's red meat sector is seeing the emergence of a cultural shift in the way adoption of research and development is conducted, the opening session of Meat & Livestock Australia’s..Read More

Beef flavour research could help underscore brand provenance

Research into the compounds that define the flavour of beef from different regions of Australia may not only provide greater opportunities for regional branding of products, but also help protect..Read More

Activist site Aussie Farms charity status revoked

The Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission has stripped Aussie Farms of its charitable status, saying there is no room for political activists and organisations condoning criminal activities to masquerade as..Read More

CCA restructure on hold as wider red meat reform plays out

The Cattle Council of Australia’s planned move to a directly elected board is still a work in progress but will not get across the line at this week’s annual general..Read More

Grain Central

New investment to push crop yield boundaries

Five centres of excellence and a network of focus farms will be established in high yield potential grain-growing environments across Australia as part of a major new investment in the..Read More

Recruitment: Job-matching platform links skilled workers in the bush with business needs

Farming entrepreneur Jo Palmer recognised there was a talent pool in rural Australia that employers were missing out on, so she set up a website to help employers tap into..Read More

WA winter crop estimate slips to 11.42Mt

Winter crop harvest tonnages in Western Australia have dropped below earlier forecasts with total production now predicted to be around 11.42 million tonnes (Mt),..Read More

China extends anti-dumping investigation into Australian barley

China has announced it is extending its anti-dumping investigation into Australian barley exports by six months, meaning a decision is now due in May 2020 instead of this month...Read More

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