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27 Dec 2012

Pink Woolmark for 2013

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A NEW pink-coloured Woolmark brand will be launched in 2013 to help marketing efforts of Australian wool for use by mothers and babies. But different colours of the Woolmark brand could be used to delineate between some of the Australian Wool Innovation�s emerging categories in future � such as mothers and babies, urban wear, wellness and health and sport and active wear...

20 Dec 2012

The End Of The Sheep's Back

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PETA�s anti-mulesing campaign has produced million dollars of research, an album of music titled 'We Love Sheep' and a decade of protests � is an alternative to the brutal procedure finally near?

19 Dec 2012

AWGA calls for overhaul

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AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation�s Industry Consultative Committee would be a more appropriate group to represent woolgrowers nationally, according to the Australian Wool Growers Association (AWGA). AWGA director Chick Olsson said the ICC was ideal because it represented a wide cross-section of the industry and it could be enlarged to include meat breed bodies. Mr Olsson said the OJD issue highlighted that reform in industry representation was needed...

07 Dec 2012

OJD stoush to worsen

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THE stoush over proposed changes to national management of Ovine Johnes Disease will get even more heated during a six-month delay to its start date as producers outraged by the plan vow to fight even harder to overturn the amendments once and for all. Industry reaction to the delay � announced in a joint statement on Monday by WoolProducers Australia and Sheepmeat Council of Australia - was mixed...

21 Nov 2012

Letter to the AWI Board re WoolPoll

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Dear Wal, We wish to congratulate your board on achieving another 3 years of 2% levy. Regardless of criticisms that AWGA might have in some of AWIL�s direction and programs, the industry has spoken and voted. In the spirit of openness and transparency, and in the light of a record voter turnout, we would like to ask that the board considers confirming the actual amount of woolgrowers that voted. E.G you say that 40% of growers voted, this translates into roughly 18,000 woolgrowers casting individual votes. Is this correct?

21 Nov 2012

National Ovine Johne�s Disease Forum

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The new National OJD Program is being developed by WoolProducers Australia and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia. NSW Farmers have also been involved. NSW Farmers, the Sheepmeat Council of Australia (SCA) and WoolProducers have been advised of the DPI position on the new National OJD Program. Key elements of the Program and the DPI position is outlined below...

21 Nov 2012

AWI OJD Information Forum

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AWI Chairman Wal Merriman welcome to a forum for information and discussion on the pending changes to OJD control. Wal extended apologies to MLA for the clash with their AGM and thanks to WoolProducers Australia and Sheepmeats Council of Australia for hearing the thoughts of the whole of industry...

20 Nov 2012

National Ovine Johne�s Disease Forum

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By a motion passed at last week�s National OJD Forum in Sydney a committee of eight representatives has been appointed to progress recommendations and the three further motions resolved at that forum. Convened by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), the forum was attended by a broad representation of the sheep industry...

14 Nov 2012

Letter to Ministers re WoolPoll

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Dear Minister, The Australian Wool Growers Association would like to draw your attention to recent Rural Press reports, as stated by the AWI Chairman of a record low voter turnout for the WoolPoll levy vote process. (See attached press article). We also respectfully draw your attention to an early poll of growers that indicates a possible shift of the wool industry lowering the levy, maybe even preferring a zero vote. Although a zero vote is unlikely, it seems that the mood of the wool industry owing to low wool prices, maybe in the mood for change...

13 Nov 2012

Roberts attacks GIC Ltd directors' payout

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Dear Sir, I am writing to you to express my concern with regard the proposal of the Directors of the Graziers Investment Company Limited to provide themselves with a significant retirement benefit fund. Their reason for the benefit is to recognise the services and achievements of the current directors particularly in resolving the inherited legacy issues...

12 Nov 2012

Wool on show during Royal visit

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AUSTRALIAN wool took centre stage alongside Campaign for Wool patron HRH Prince Charles during his visit to Tasmania yesterday. The Prince of Wales visited the Thornbury family�s Leenavale Merino stud near Sorell, in the state�s south east, while the Duchess of Cornwall lunched with women in agriculture...

05 Nov 2012

Chasing away the 'black dog'

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Looking at Geoff and Steve Chase laughing with Steve's son Fergus in their wheat crop on "Waitara", Trangie, NSW, it's hard to imagine the two men ever experiencing depression. After seeking help they're now putting the "black dog" behind them. Here they tell their story to SALLY WHITE. GEOFF'S STORY...

31 Oct 2012

Angst continues over OJD changes

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AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) has stepped into the industry uproar over changes to Ovine Johnes Disease (OJD) management, due to start on January 1. The organisation will host an open forum � likely to be on November 15 in Sydney � to facilitate provision of information about the OJD management changes to growers, debate on the issue and receive feedback on research needs on the disease...

31 Oct 2012

Criticism for AWI promos

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THE success of the Campaign for Wool promotions was due to an absence of internal politicking by Australian Wool Innovation. That's according to European processor Laurence Modiano. With WoolPoll levy ballot closing this week, the Modiano head and former AWI director in a scathing letter to the media was critical of AWI's No Finer Feeling and Gold Woolmark campaigns but highly supportive of the international generic Campaign for Wool, which promoted wool's attributes...

30 Oct 2012

Bring back the APVMA board

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ALMOST everyone agrees there is a problem with the regulator of agricultural and veterinary chemicals, the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA). The crop chemical and veterinary medicines companies have been unhappy for some years. Many of them deal with similar regulators around the world and are well aware of the APVMA�s declining performance...

26 Oct 2012

Letter to the Editor

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Dear Sir, In view of the small price gap between superfine and broader wools, I think one would have to conclude that the No Finer Feeling and Gold Woolmark Campaigns have failed. One reason the HRH Campaign for Wool has succeeded is because AWI is providing funds and staff without actually being able to micro-manage or ruin it with internal politics. The Campaign has cost relatively little thanks to industry support and goodwill connected to its royal patron...

26 Oct 2012

Fears for low WoolPoll voter turnout

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WITH less than a week to go in WoolPoll 2012 voting, Australian Wool Innovation chairman Wal Merriman says he is "a bit worried" about apathy in the ranks of the nation�s woolgrowers. Mr Merriman said AWI was proud of the industry's previous participation rates in the triennial wool levy vote. But because wool prices had been at higher levels in the past two years and there had been fewer issues in the industry, perhaps growers had not yet voted in the six-week poll...

25 Oct 2012

Mental health online forum

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THIS Thursday The Land will host an online forum with a panel of mental health professionals available to answer questions or address comments. It's designed to build on the 56-page Glove Box Guide to Mental Health initiated by The Land and the Rural Adversity Mental Health Program (RAMHP) and free inside the October 18 issue of The Land...

25 Oct 2012

AWGA call on AWI to urgently implement a wool industry wide OJD response to pending legislation

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The AWGA is calling on AWI to urgently convene a national wool industry meeting to address the return of pending legislation regarding OJD measures and controls. AWGA has noted the great concern expressed by many rank and file growers as to this pending legislation mooted to be introduced into NSW and Victoria...

24 Oct 2012

OJD Forum

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OJD Forum is open to anyone to voice their concerns regarding the new OJD (Ovine Johne�s Disease) rulings set to be implemented on 1st January, 2013 in NSW. Please �LIKE� the page and make your thoughts known. http://www.facebook.com/OJDForum

23 Oct 2012

Animals Australia declares farm war

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THE organisation which shattered Australia's live export trade last year is waging a new war on farmers. Animals Australia, which just over a year ago fed video footage of animal cruelty to ABC Television leading to a month-long ban on the live export trade, has launched a multimedia campaign aimed at ending what it calls "factory farming".

22 Oct 2012

Australian woolgrowers, time is running out

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... to have your say in WoolPoll 2012. With only two weeks to go in WoolPoll 2012, it�s time for woolgrowers to have your say in what you contribute to industry research, development and marketing. If you need more information to help you make your decision, go towww.woolpoll.com.au You can vote online � it's quick and simple � follow the prompts at www.woolpoll.com.au and have your shareholder number handy...

21 Oct 2012

Beef performance on the menu

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LIFTING beef performance in Australia's north has taken centre stage in Brisbane. Industry heavyweights mingled with academics, scientists and top-level bureaucrats on Tuesday to see Queensland Premier Campbell Newman launch a new research effort that aims to lift beef production in northern Australia...

19 Oct 2012

Letter to the Editor: Praise where it's due

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Dear Sir/Madam, I write to congratulate our NSW Ag Minister Katrina Hodgkinson. In the short time she has been at the helm, her team has moved quickly on various issues that can only benefit farming in NSW. Regardless of what some other farming body�s say, Katrina�s recent move to streamline the bureaucracy of various Departments of Ag into one overarching body is long overdue...

18 Oct 2012

WAFF recommends half the tax levy AWI wants

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The WA Farmers Federation wool council wants to send a message to Australian Wool Innovation and is recommending a 1 per cent wool tax for Woolpoll 2012. The Pastoralists and Graziers Association is also recommending WA wool growers vote for no more than the one per cent levy option...

18 Oct 2012

OJD plan will hurt

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A NEW management plan for Ovine Johne's Disease will have a disastrous impact on interstate sheep trading. So says Ouyen wool grower Kevin Crook, organiser of Victoria's first OJD protected zone bio-security plan. Delaying the January 1 start date for the new management regime was ruled out last month, despite doubts producers would be ready...

18 Oct 2012

Producers embrace sheep DNA testing

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AUSTRALIA'S sheep producers are queuing up to adopt new DNA technology, with the latest Sheep Genomics Pilot Project fully subscribed. The DNA testing program, conducted by the Co-operative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC), was booked out within days of its opening in August...

18 Oct 2012

The Campaign for Wool launches Wool School

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The Campaign for Wool, of which His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is the patron, has launched the 2012 Wool School initiative, which sees fashion, textiles and design students across the country competing to design wool sweaters to be sold in top UK retail stores, including Top Shop, Marks & Spencer, Harvey Nichols, Pringle, DAKS, John Lewis and Jigsaw...

18 Oct 2012

The Campaign for Wool announces a growing International programme

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Now in its third year, The Campaign for Wool, of which HRH Prince of Wales is a patron, is being celebrated on an unprecedented global scale with more countries than ever before creating their own programme of activity to celebrate �Wool Week� around the world...

16 Oct 2012

Who�s Driving the Bus?

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I attended the Yass Soldiers Club where on Monday a poorly attended AWI meeting was held. Those woolgrowers who did attend asked questions and were given far from informed answers by the attending representatives of AWI. Questions like, why have the superfine wool prices fallen so heavily from last year�s prices, The answer surprised us all "I Think" and "we're not sure, but I'm sure the marketing is working" and "Yes, we are going to spend another 60 million of your money into marketing"...

16 Oct 2012

Campaign for Wool Launches in New York

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The Campaign for Wool will head to New York for the launch of its American interiors programme and host WOOL UNCOVERED � a wool installation in Bryant Park � right in the centre of Manhattan. Designed as an interactive wool feature for the general public � some 20,000 people use the space on a nice weather day � it is perfectly positioned to bring a truly rural wool moment to urban New York...

15 Oct 2012

Vote 1% levy at WoolPoll

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If you feel that AWI needs a sensible balance between marketing and research, and more measurable returns to growers there is one option: Vote 1 % (& second preference 0%) at WoolPoll. AWI have already made the unfair decision to cut levy spending on important research such as the Information Nucleus Flock 2 and increase spending on generic promotion...

15 Oct 2012

Trisolfen nationally available within 48 hours

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Woolgrowers have access to Pain Relief within 48 hours. The Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) has approved the combination anaesthetic and antiseptic spray for treating lambs kept for wool producing purposes to relieve pain associated with mulesing.

10 Oct 2012

More bare-breech sheep bred: Survey

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MORE than half the sheep producers still mules their sheep for flystrike prevention but a growing percentage are breeding plainer-bodied, barer-breech sheep. One in five properties have had lice in sheep in 2012 and 5 per cent of flocks have been severely affected by footrot...

21 Sep 2012

Voting opens in poll to decide AWI�s future

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VOTING in WoolPoll 2012 starts today, giving woolgrowers their triennial opportunity to determine the future level of spending on research, development and marketing through Australian Wool Innovation. Voter information packs have been sent to 40,000 woolgrowers this week. Voting on the 3pc, 2.5pc, 2pc, 1pc and 0pc levy options closes at 5pm on Friday, November 2...

19 Sep 2012

AWI welcomes video attacking its policies

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An anonymous post on the video share site Youtube slams the Australian wool marketing and research company AWI. The protest video says $2 billion has been spent by Australian Wool Innovation in 25 years, and Australia now produces 65 per cent less wool. It doesn't mention the drought or low wool prices as causes of the decline, but blames AWI for failing to attract better prices...

18 Sep 2012

Meat industry warned about social media

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SOCIAL media is a beast to be reckoned with and if the meat industry adopts an attitude of complacency it does so at its own peril. Speakers at the recent Australian Meat Industry Council business conference in Adelaide warned that industry needed to be on the front foot to tackle misinformation before it grabbed hold...

17 Sep 2012

Australian WoolPoll Letter

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WOOLGROWERS can decide on the future of AWI in WoolPoll 2012 . Wool levies will be vital to securing new markets for wool, in the face of challenging wool prices and stiff competition from man made fibers. If woolgrowers don�t fund the wool research and marketing needed to establish new markets for our wool, who will?

17 Sep 2012

Rain barely enough to settle dust

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LAST Thursday much of NSW saw its first rain in more than a fortnight, for some the first rain in two months, but it was barely enough to settle the dust. Until last Thursday, Nyngan went 62 days without rain, its longest dry spell since 2005, when there were also 62 days worth. The last time the central-west town had a longer dry spell was 47 years ago, it lasted 74 days from December 1964 to March 1965. Nyngan only picked up 0.4 of a millimetres of rain last Thursday...

15 Sep 2012

Short time to consider welfare laws

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NEW animal welfare laws for sheep under development by the Federal Government are likely to impose tight restrictions on mulesing and tail docking. And sheep producers will only have 30 days to respond to the proposed regulations � part of the government�s Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines for Sheep � being finalised this month for public release in November...

14 Sep 2012

Time to revisit WoolPoll levy says PGA

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AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) is undeserving of the two per cent levy and farmers should vote for no more than 1pc when the 2012 WoolPoll voting opens next week. This was the call from two industry organisations, the Pastoralists and Graziers Association (PGA) and the Australian Wool Growers Association (AWGA)...

12 Sep 2012

Methodical progress with flystrike control

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Research and development continues to explore ways to best protect the Australian sheep flock from breech strike. At the latest AWI Breech Strike Research and Development Technical Update, overviews of recent field trials were presented across various projects...

12 Sep 2012

50% of growers give AWI the thumbs down

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Rural press's recent poll survey of 415 growers saw 50.1% of growers giving AWI a "Fail". AWGA suspects that falling wool prices are the main reason for this poor report card. Should such sentiment govern the forthcoming WoolPoll vote, then a zero vote or reduced levy is now a strong possibility. Q: What grade would give AWI's performance over the past three years?

11 Sep 2012

Wool Industry model code of practice for Sheep, 2006

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This Model Code of Practice for the Welfare of Animals has been prepared by the Animal Welfare Working Group (AWWG) within the Primary Industries Ministerial Council (PIMC) system. Membership of the AWWG compromises representatives from each of the State Departments with responsibility for agriculture, CSIRO, the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Australia, and other committees within the PIMC system. Extensive consultation has taken place with industry and welfare groups in the development of the code.

03 Sep 2012

Profarmer Wool & Sheep

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The price declines have continued with the market now having fallen for four of the first five selling weeks so far for this selling season. The only week to post a gain was week 1. The EMI was up 1! The EMI has fallen 142 c/kg since the end of June or 13.8 percent. 17 micron wools are close to the levels seen in the 2008/09 market bottom...

31 Aug 2012

Wild Dog strategy launched

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WILD dog control has suffered too long from a fragmented approach, said NSW Minister for Primary Industries Katrina Hodgkinson in announcing the new statewide Wild Dog Management Strategy. Key principles and practices for improved wild dog control across NSW have been built into the new Strategy, Ms Hodgkinson said. Ms Hodgkinson said farmers and state agencies incur around $50 million every year in wild dog management costs and the Strategy aims to drive better outcomes from this expenditure.

30 Aug 2012

El Nino edges closer

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Tropical Pacific Ocean indicators have remained close to El Ni�o thresholds over the past fortnight. While tropical Pacific sea surface temperatures and the Southern Oscillation Index (SOI), approached or exceeded El Nino values during the past fortnight, other indicators such as the trade winds and tropical cloud patterns have yet to show typical El Nino signatures.

30 Aug 2012

Wool still slipping

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The wool market has continued its downward slide with the AWEX Eastern Market Indicator (EMI) slipping to 941 cents a kilogram at the close of auctions last Thursday. The market fell 8c/kg on the previous week and is at its lowest point since October, 2010. The EMI has fallen 129c/kg (-12 per cent) since the start of the season and is 323c/kg lower than the same week last year...

29 Aug 2012

A return to more stable wool prices

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If you've been keeping a keen ear to wool reports, you'll know there's been a dip in prices. But Allan Wang, Analyst with Australian Wool Innovation says its a matter of perception, "it's a very bright future looking forward, and not focusing on the short term fluctuations"...

28 Aug 2012

Grassroots woolgrowers give AWI a "Fail" on 3 year performance

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In a recent poll conducted by Rural Press, AWI has been given an F on its report card by woolgrowers. With almost 300 growers participating in the poll, the following results were posted: 6.1% "excellent", 5.7% "above average", 38% "acceptable" and 50.2% gave a "Fail"

30 Jul 2012

Better Choices

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Graduating from Marcus with honours, Sam returned in 1988 to the family partnership at Coolah NSW, and took part in running the mixed enterprise of 7000 Merino Breeders, 700 cows, principally Hereford, and a mixed cropping enterprise up to 1500 acres. He married Annie in 1989 and their two daughters, Ellie and Amy, were born in the drought years of 1992 and 1994...

23 Jul 2012

Topical anaesthesia alleviates short-term pain of castration and tail docking in lambs

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Objective: To investigate the effect of a topical anaesthetic formulation on pain alleviation, wound healing and systemic levels of local anaesthetic actives in lambs undergoing castration and tail docking. Design: Three placebo-controlled and/or randomised experi- ments were conducted using three groups of Merino lambs (n = 62, 68 and 19) undergoing routine castration and tail docking...

18 Jul 2012

Better Choices

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New online advocacy community is giving Australian farmers a voice. Did you know the majority of Australian wool growers use pain relief when mulesing because they care about their animals? Better Choices has recently launched a new online advocacy community to provide farmers a voice and an opportunity to recognise the best-practice efforts being used on their properties...

18 Jul 2012

Modiano supports Better Choices

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Dear Woolgrowers, I commend the overwhelming majority of you who subscribe to Better Choices. Not because you have to. But because you feel it is right to do so. And I encourage those, who are not certified, to do what is right by your animals and join up. I have no financial interest in this programme, nor am I being paid to write this. I simply believe, by offering an ethical solution to an ethical problem, Better CHoices and Trisolfen helped to save the wool industry.

11 Jul 2012

Wool price dips

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SAGGING demand from China and a catalogue of nearly 50,000 bales of wool caused prices to fall last week. Exporters have also been forward-selling wool at a discount in the physical market. The key wool indicator - the Eastern Market Indicator - fell 21c/kg last week to 1191c/kg. The EMI has fallen 48c/kg in the past three weeks...

11 Jul 2012

McDonald to the rescue of Super Butcher

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CATTLE king Zander McDonald is Australia's new 'super butcher' after helping to save one of the country's largest independent meat retailers from extinction. Mr McDonald, who heads the pastoral powerhouse MDH Holdings based at Devoncourt near Cloncurry, has joined forces with executives from meat wholesaler the Melrina Group to buy the ailing Super Butcher discount meat chain for an undisclosed sum...

11 Jul 2012

AWI plan for nucleus flock

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AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is considering a proposal to fund a nucleus flock, separate to the flock it rejected in December. Details of the latest proposal from the NSW Department of Primary Industries are sketchy, but were outlined to AWI's industry consultative committee meeting on June 22...

05 Jul 2012

New mulesing ban

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THE wool industry says it's not fazed by a Japanese fashion label joining the mulesing boycott. Japanese clothing giant Uniqlo last week announced it would phase out the use of Australian wool from suppliers who used the controversial technique to prevent flystrike in their stock...

19 Jun 2012

Tropical Pacific warming continues

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Although climate indicators remain at neutral (neither El Nino nor La Nina) levels, the tropical Pacific continues to slowly warm. Climate models surveyed by the Bureau suggest this warming trend will continue over the coming months, with the majority of the models indicating the tropical Pacific will approach or possibly exceed El Nino thresholds by the end of winter. No climate models favour a return to La Nina during the remainder of 2012...

14 Jun 2012

Growers urged to question AWI

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THE Australian Wool Growers Association is urging farmers to closely scrutinise whether AWI's investment in marketing is delivering them genuine commercial success...

14 Jun 2012

AWI's claims to have doubled wool prices

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Rob Langtry is a marketing hero. As Chief Strategy and Marketing Officer of Australian Wool Innovation (AWI), he can be credited with revitalizing the Woolmark global certification standard and repositioning wool as a desirable ingredient in luxury fashion...

13 Jun 2012

What have the levys ever given us?

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By Chick Olsson. Australian wool growers have enjoyed stronger wool prices since 2010. Combined with excellent lamb and sheep prices, the Australian sheep industry is back on its feet once more and looking healthy, for the moment...

06 Jun 2012

Anger at AWI for genetic research cut

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AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation is under attack for failing to provide funding for a genetic research flock. "I can't remember a time when the industry was so united in its opposition to an AWI decision." said WoolProducers vice-president Geoff Fisken.

05 June 2012

Wool's run unravels

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AUSTRALIA'S wool market is heading into unchartered territory as weakening global economic conditions, the depreciating dollar and competing fibres all take their toll on prices, market commentators say...

29 May 2012

Wool funds should go to marketing

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RESERVES of levy funds that are not being spent by Australian Wool Innovation on industry projects should be used to boost marketing of Australian wool, according to peak lobby group, WoolProducers Australia...

28 May 2012

Wool down on US exchange drop

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The AWEX Regional Indicators finished 1.4% lower, on average, at sales in Sydney, Melbourne and Fremantle this week when the US exchange rate fell by 2%. The change in the EMI in US currency was -3.5%...

28 May 2012

AWGA calls for transparency and sound governance from AWI
re 2012/2013 wool marketing and R & D

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AWGA is raising concerns of existing AWI marketing and research efforts for 2012/13, to help underwrite the continuing health and confidence of the Australian wool market. Of particular concern, is the lack transparency and disclosure regarding the following...

24 May 2012

MLA Backs dehorning spray

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Meat and Livestock Australia is throwing its support behind the testing of an anaesthetic spray designed for use in the dehorning of cattle. Trials are underway in northern Queensland to see if the process of dehorning calves can be made less painful, and, in the process, build a new market for graziers...

03 May 2012

Wool industry questions flock move

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WOOL industry groups have heaped pressure on Australian Wool Innovation to reverse its decision to withdraw funding support for the Information Nucleus Flock program...

02 May 2012

AWGA congratulates The Hon Niall Blair for supporting Sydney wool blanket campaign for homeless

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In a recent speech to the NSW Parliament, The Hon Niall Blair highlighted the need to raise awareness of people who sleep on the streets of our capital cities. He particularly mentioned his support for young Sydney film maker, Hayley Olsson, who is in the process of making a film to raise awareness of homelessness, by raising funds to purchase wool blankets for those on our city streets this winter...

01 May 2012

AWI still deciding how to splash the cash

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Australian Wool Innovation has lots of extra cash this year because of the higher wool price, but says it's still working out how to spend it. One grower group wants to pay AWI less in compulsory levies, which are spent on marketing and research...

30 Apr 2012

Ditch AWI: Massy

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WOOLGROWERS would be better served by more smaller grower groups focused on innovative marketing rather than a blanket approach from a large statutory body like AWI, says stud breeder and author Charles Massy...

24 Apr 2012

AWI Refuses to Fund Sheep Genetics Program

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Sheep researchers say merino breeders will miss out on financial gains, if ongoing research is not funded. The genetic measurements of traits in meat and wool are now available, at a fee, from the Sheep Genetics program developed by a co-operative research centre...

23 Apr 2012

AWGA Call For WoolPoll Info

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THE Australian Wool Growers Association (AWGA) is calling for Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) to immediately release its three-year spending projections to give farmers ample time to make an informed decision on which levy rate to support in WoolPoll...

18 Apr 2012

Should wool growers pay lower levies, as revenue rolls in to AWI?

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The wool industry's marketing and research company Australian Wool Innovation is sitting on a proverbial goldmine. High wool prices mean farmers are paying more wool levies than expected to AWI, and its cash stockpile is growing every week...

14 Apr 2012

Activists Protest Treatment of Sheep

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An animal rights group has renewed calls to end the industry practice of stripping skin from sheep, with a protest in Brisbane. Activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) Asia Pacific, dressed as sheep, braved rain in the city's main square on Saturday to speak out against sheep mulesing...

12 Apr 2012

Food of Ethical Standards

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The recent film Margin Call provides a fascinating insight into the 24-hour period at the commencement of the global financial crisis (GFC) in 2008, when a junior analyst first identified the excessive exposure of a major firm to the "toxic assets" that precipitated the financial disaster that still concerns the world economy...

03 Apr 2012

Tax System is Intruding too much into our lives

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INTRODUCED in 1696 and repealed in 1851, successive British governments supported a window tax on housing. Such stupid tax impositions have not gone away and the consequences of such ideologies that are the basis for raising more tax has never been more evident...

02 Apr 2012

News - Growers Called to Vote

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WOOLGROWERS will get the chance to decide what levy rate they pay when the 2012 WoolPoll vote is held later this year. The WoolPoll panel met for the first time on Monday, deciding that the proposed levy rates to be voted on would be the same options as offered in 2009. These include no levy, 1 per cent, 2pc, 2.5pc and 3pc...

30 Mar 2012

Great Southern and South West Rural Report

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WoolPoll levies may miss mark for Austalia's woolgrowers, south-west vintage set to be a corker, wool sales firm slightly in West and top honour for Kondinin agricultural graduate. WoolPoll levies may miss mark for Austalia's woolgrowers...

15 Mar 2012

WoolPoll Panel Set for Levy Debate

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AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation (AWI) says it would be welcoming debate on the wool levy as attention begins to focus on November's WoolPoll.
The Australian Woolgrowers Association (AWGA) made it clear at last week's Wagin Woolorama that it would be pushing the case for a levy reduction this year...

03 Mar 2012

News - Media Release

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The Australian Wool Growers Association (AWGA) is calling for a reduction in the compulsory wool levy to 1.5% at WoolPoll 2012 in November. As part of the three yearly Woolpoll process woolgrower representatives have been asked to liaise closely with their membership base...

29 Feb 2012

Number's up for wool sales

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WOOL GROWERS are playing a numbers game in the auctions. Three weeks ago, AWEX's Eastern Market Indicator shot up 50c/kg to 1243c/kg clean, which triggered over the past fortnight a rush to sell more wool...

 
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