AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation’s governance must be “as good as possible” to ensure the levy-funded body’s value to the wool industry is not jeopardised, according to former Sheepmeat Council of Australia chief executive officer and councillor Ron Cullen.
NEW South Wales wool broker and Australian Wool Innovation board candidate Don Macdonald will ask major wool growers not to give undirected voting proxies to AWI chairman Wal Merriman in the 2017 board election campaign.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
SELF-PROCLAIMED sheep whisperer and shearer Pera Davies would like to see the world’s shearers hitting the yoga mats during their breaks.
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.
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.