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AWI backs ‘balanced’ Merino breeding approach in National Merino Challenge

Terry Sim, 11 September 2017

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation will “always present a balanced approach to breeding” after putting its National Merino Challenge under the oversight of sheep classer Stuart Hodgson, a spokesman said today.

Don’t ‘shoot’ Wally, he is only symptomatic of the problem – Small

Guest Author, 11 September 2017

Is AWI chairman Wal Merriman’s observation of a Merino breeders’ focus group behind a one-way mirror indicative of a broader problem with AWI’s levy-funded structure, and does it justify its abandonment for a research-focussed model? Western district wool grower and garment maker Peter Small thinks so.

The Merino man behind the mirror: AWI’s Wal Merriman

Terry Sim, 06 September 2017

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman has admitted observing a focus group of performance-recording Merino breeders from behind a one-way mirror in Sydney in June this year without their knowledge.

AWI seeks nominations for three director positions

Sheep Central, 09 August 2017

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has called for nominations for three director positions available to be filled this year, consistent with the body’s constitution requiring that at least a third of the seven-member board must retire their positions every two years.

Merino wool use driving 10pc lift in sports and outdoor fabric volumes

Sheep Central, 09 August 2017

ICONIC Asian luxury department store Lane Crawford has collaborated with Australian Wool Innovation’s marketing arm, The Woolmark Company to launch two wool-rich athleisure collections by Helen Lee and Particle Fever.

New Zealand sheep whisperer promotes Shear-Jitsu shearing with ‘softness’ + VIDEOS

Terry Sim, 02 June 2017

SELF-PROCLAIMED sheep whisperer and shearer Pera Davies would like to see the world’s shearers hitting the yoga mats during their breaks.

Sheep students from three states share National Merino Challenge honours

Sheep Central, 29 May 2017

SHEEP-FOCUSED students from across Australia have enjoyed a detailed introduction to the wool industry at the 2017 National Merino Challenge in Melbourne at the weekend.

Mothers-in-law, profitability and wool’s social licence AWI-style

Terry Sim, 19 May 2017

ANIMAL rights activists have been likened to mothers-in-laws and profitability lauded as an important plank in the wool industry’s social licence defence, during a Victorian farm tour last weekend.

Australian Wool Innovation fills top research role

Sheep Central, 01 May 2017

AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has announced its new General Manager – Research will be Dr Jane Littlejohn. She will replace Dr Paul Swan at the wool industry’s research, development and marketing body.

Collaboration call as AWI board receives latest Wool Exchange Portal reports

Terry Sim, 28 April 2017

WOOL industry attitudes to change need to be addressed collaboratively for the proposed Wool Exchange Portal to succeed, according to the operator of Australia’s only online wool marketing platforms.