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AWI’s ‘man in the mirror’ chairman Wal Merriman sends a qualified apology

Terry Sim, 23 October 2017

AUSTRALIAN Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has formally apologised to Merino breeders in a research focus group he covertly observed behind a one-way mirror, but not for continuing to watch and listen to them.

MerinoLink lifetime productivity trial progeny on display in NSW

Sheep Central, 23 October 2017

ECONOMICALLY important fleece and carcase traits in Merino sheep will be under the spotlight at the MerinoLink inspection and field day in southern NSW this week.

Irish collie sells for more than $A16,800 in latest Skipton mart sale

Sheep Central, 23 October 2017

BRITISH working sheep dog prices reached new peaks at the recent Skipton Auction Mart’s autumn sale with the top lot making almost £10,000 or more than A$16,800.

First cross ewes with lambs sell to $316 on AuctionsPlus after rain

Sheep Central, 23 October 2017

FIRST cross ewes with lambs sold to $316, young Merino ewes made $240 and Merino wether lambs made to $126.50 in online sales last week.

Former AuctionsPlus assessor and Elders agent Alan Roe remembered

Sheep Central, 23 October 2017

FORMER online livestock assessor Alan William Roe has been remembered as a meticulous operator with an aptitude for marketing.

Saleyard costs are a barrier to sheep meat profitability says Nuffield scholar

Sheep Central, 23 October 2017

AUSTRALIA’S reliance on sheep and lamb saleyards is a barrier to profitability due to its extra costs, according to Nuffield scholar Michael Craig.

ACCC identifies measures to improve regional mobile phone coverage

Sheep Central, 23 October 2017

AUSTRALIA’S competition regulator has decided not to declare domestic mobile roaming, but has identified measures that could improve inadequate mobile phone coverage and poor quality service in regional Australia.

AWI director candidate Cocking signals willingness to lead if elected

Terry Sim, 20 October 2017

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation director Paul Cocking has indicated his willingness to potentially lead the grower levy-funded body out of its current governance and industry issues.

Wool Exchange Portal experience helps AWI board candidate

Terry Sim, 20 October 2017

WOOL Exchange Portal build committee member Will Wilson is prepared to relinquish his WEP role if elected to the board of Australian Wool Innovation.

Premiums for non-mulesed wool rising, discounts for undeclared lines

Sheep Central, 20 October 2017

PREMIUMS for non-mulesed wool sold in Australian auctions are rising and becoming substantial for some Merino wool, according to data released by the Australian Wool Exchange.

NSW shearing and wool school for secondary students to expand

Sheep Central, 20 October 2017

A NEW shearing and wool handling program for secondary school students in New South Wales’ northern tablelands region will be expanded after a successful trial.

VIC livestock farmers to fight over animal welfare body changes

Sheep Central, 20 October 2017

VICTORIAN farmers will go to war over Andrews Labor Government plans to establish a dedicated public sector group for farm and companion animals called Animal Welfare Victoria.

Fine Merino wool prices lift 10-40 cents as crossbred values fall

Sheep Central, 20 October 2017

FINE Merino wool prices improved in Australian auctions this week, but crossbred fleece values declined further.

Live sheep exports lift in September, but goat numbers dropped

Sheep Central, 20 October 2017

LIVE sheep exports from Australia in September have risen 33 percent year-on-year to 140,500 head.

Recruitment: Five employability skills & how to demonstrate that you have them

Sheep Central, 20 October 2017

To truly compete in today’s ag sector job market, candidates need more than a diploma or work history in the field. Employers are increasingly looking for the total package: candidates who have the education and training needed to understand the job, the experience to carry out the technical duties, and the employability skills to be successful. What are employability skills?

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.

Weekly rainfall wrap + 14 day outlook, 18 Oct 2017

Sheep Central, 18 October 2017

Surface troughs generated thunderstorms and showers with moderate falls in western, northern and eastern Australia. A coastal trough produced persistent, heavy rainfall in eastern Queensland and parts of northeastern New South Wales.

Lamb definition change to enhance brand integrity and avert discounts

Terry Sim, 18 October 2017

A CHANGE in the Australian lamb definition would enhance brand integrity, while giving farmers a signal to market lambs before incurring a discount, Sheepmeat Council of Australia councillor Michael Craig believes.

Rural Women’s Award to allow commercial projects and good ideas

Sheep Central, 18 October 2017

A NEW-LOOK 2018 AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award includes some new changes to allow projects with a commercial focus or those that are simply good ideas, solutions or opportunities.

Australia is a red meat nation, says RMAC’s Industry Report

Jon Condon, 18 October 2017

AUSTRALIA is the leading supplier of red meat to the world and Australians eat more red meat than anyone else, according to a report being released today. The Red Meat Advisory Council has released State of the Industry 2017, the first-ever snapshot of the value of red meat industry to the Australian economy and community. In

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