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28 Mar 2015

Australian Wool Innovation criticised by major wool growers


AUSTRALIAN Wool Innovation has been slammed as "irrelevant" and "insignificant" by some of the nation's biggest wool growers. The criticism comes ahead of this year's WoolPoll, which will determine the amount of grower levy funding for the next three years, and the biannual AWI board elections...

16 Apr 2015

Jona Weinhofen should stick to guitar: his anti-shearing ad is a work of fiction


Adelaide-born musician, vegan and Peta activist, Jona Weinhofen should stick to his day job, guitarist in metalcore band I Killed the Prom Queen. His starring performance in a video produced by Peta is ill-informed, incendiary and inflammatory...

31 Mar 2015

Lismore's Ellie Stephens sashed at last


IT WAS a case of second time lucky for this year's The Land Sydney Royal Showgirl Ellie Stephens from Lismore. Ellie, a business development manager for a Lismore accountancy, was a state finalist in competition in 2012, and returned this year with the calm and confidence necessary to take the sash...

24 Mar 2015

German supermarket chain ups the ante on animal welfare


A German supermarket chain has introduced a wide-ranging supply-chain policy on animal welfare that may be the most progressive in the world. Sadly, Australia's supermarket chains are far behind in introducing such measures, despite their positive impact on public health...

22 Mar 2015

'97% Of Climate Scientists Agree' Is 100% Wrong


If you've ever expressed the least bit of skepticism about environmentalist calls for making the vast majority of fossil fuel use illegal, you've probably heard the smug response: "97% of climate scientists agree with climate change" - which always carries the implication: Who are you to challenge them?

5 Mar 2015

Lamb to rise, wool to slump: ABARES


AMB slaughterings will soar to 22.3 million this year, the highest number for 43 years, as producers enjoy an expected 7 per cent rise in average saleyard prices to 510 cents a kilogram in 2014-15. Attractive prices for both lamb and mutton will clip the national sheep flock by 3pc to 70.7m head by June.

19 Feb 2015

Sodexo Expands Ongoing Commitment to More Humane Supply Chain Through its Comprehensive Animal Welfare Policy


Sodexo announces new commitment to eliminate veal crates from its supply chain and a phased-in approach to sourcing all egg products exclusively from cage-free hens.

18 Feb 2015

Wool review overdue: Lamb


Opinion: Any industry or business for that matter that feels it is perfect, or cannot function better than it already does is probably doomed to failure.

13 Feb 2015

MLA 'mutiny' gathers steam


Leading abattoir operator and sheep producer Roger Fletcher is attracting considerable support for his call to separate the sheepmeat industry from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

12 Feb 2015

Foreigners can no longer buy big farms: Abbott slashes screening threshold to $15 million


Foreigners can no longer buy up endless $250 million parcels of Australian agricultural land after Prime Minister Tony Abbott yesterday slashed the screening threshold from $252 million to $15 million.

23 Jan 2015

Fletcher calls for MLA split


Demands from within the beef industry for radical surgery to Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) have prompted an influential call for the sheepmeat sector to quit the peak red meat outfit altogether.

4 Feb 2015

Recent Senate levy application... Comprehensive summary


Farmers seem to be at the end of the food chain when it comes to subsidising the activities of research promotion for globe trotting boffins and experts not largely accountable for their actions or inactions on the industry's behalf.

23 Jan 2015

Broader wools gain a broad attention at Heimtextil


The natural versatility of broad wool products took centre stage at the world's largest interior textile fair at Heimtextil in Germany.

16 Jan 2015



Trisolfen helps to prevent any setbacks to their growth that mulesing may cause. Trisolfen definitely helps with reducing scabbing, promotes better and faster healing and they tend to mother up more quickly than untreated lambs.

15 Jan 2015

Marketing campaigns of Australian Wool Innovation have been questioned


The Australian Wool Growers Association has vowed to keep questioning and challenging wool's research and marketing body. Australian Wool Innovation has come under fire from AWGA for continuing to "demonstrate a lack of clear direction for our industry".

10 Jan 2015

Public School claims world wool crown


Hip New York label, Public School, has claimed the International Woolmark Prize for menswear. The label, started by Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne, has been credited in the US for redefining the landscape for menswear.

8 Jan 2015

Venture capital firm gives marijuana industry a shot of credibility


Despite growing momentum toward marijuana legalization, big-name investors have largely stayed on the sidelines of the budding industry, content to hold out until federal prohibition is one day repealed.

8 Jan 2015

2014 Wrap-Up - A Message from the President


2014 was a year of continuing challenges for our industry - with poor environmental conditions, and a declining market, and international economics making it a tough year.

5 Jan 2015

El Nino likelihood rises


Most of the country is in for a substantially hotter and drier than normal summer as the chances of an El Nino increase to 70 per cent. The Bureau of Meteorology's December-to-February outlook predicts unusually warm summer days and nights more likely for all regions, except Western Australia, south-western Victoria and Tasmania.

6 Dec 2014

Zanda McDonald's legacy in the Outback


Keep this. Read it when you're ready, this story about your father told by those who knew him well, this story told for you.


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