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23 April 2016

Huge potential with DNA test

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KNOWLEDGE is power in any business and Leahcim stud at Snowtown have full pedigrees on every animal in their Poll Merino and White Suffolk studs.

21 April 2016

2016 Campaign For Wool presents The five freedoms of sheep

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As we've previously reported, The Campaign for Wool was initiated by HRH The Prince of Wales to highlight the natural, sustainable story of wool and improve understanding of the fibre's many attributes.

14 April 2016

AWI Strategic Plan Development 2016/17 to 2018/19

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The 2016/17 to 2018/19 Strategic Plan is the result of our consultation with woolgrowers, the guidance of the Board of Directors of Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI), and the priorities of both.

14 April 2016

Stakeholder consultation

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In consultation with stakeholders, AWI is developing its Strategic Plan for 2016/17 to 2018/19. The purpose of the Plan is to outline AWI's key investment priorities in research, development and marketing for the three years from 1 July 2016. In the lead up to the next WoolPoll, AWI will be measured against the targets set in the Plan, through the independent Review of Performance.

13 April 2016

Global wool industry reviews mulesing standards, considers mandatory pain relief

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The global wool industry will consider adding the mandatory use of pain relief during the mulesing of lambs to a document setting out welfare standards for producers.

08 April 2016

Italian wool textile sector seeks urgent action on mulesing and animal welfare

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Italy's wool textile industry has had a discussion on a call for urgent action from the International Wool Textile Organisation on sheep welfare standards and mulesing deferred until November.

29 Mar 2016

Mulesing motion wins wide support in NSW Parliament

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New South Wales' parliament has unaminously passed a motion urging the state's wool producers to provide pain relief when mulesing sheep and to breed for fly strike resistance.

03 Feb 2016

AWGA News Update: Email from AHA

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Animal Health Australia is pleased to announce the Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines - for Sheep Australian Animal Welfare Standards and Guidelines - for Cattle and the have been agreed by State and Territory governments.

11 Nov 2015

Sleep Research - The latest scientific results

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Consistent with earlier scientific findings, a study undertaken by the University of Sydney, Australia and funded by the Australian Wool Innovation, has found that a better night's sleep is achieved when sleeping in or under wool.

12 Oct 2015

Brands to turn away from wool if unmulesed demand not met

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FASHION brands will turn away from Australian wool if pain relief for surgical mulesing is not made mandatory, a major wool processor has predicted.

07 Oct 2015

Wool brokers seek wool from non-mulesed sheep for a premium in European and US markets

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Wool brokers are reporting growing interest in non-mulesed wool with premiums possible, if the fleece is of good quality. Mulesing is the surgical practice of cutting skin around the breech of a lamb to prevent blowfly strike and it has attracted the wrath of animal activists for a decade.

29 Sep 2015

G.Schneider on Animal Welfare

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AUSTRALIAN Wool Growers Association chairman Robert McBride is disappointed that AWI has ignored the recommendations of the WoolPoll 2015 Panel and a large percentage of wool growers in its levy options.

19 Sep 2015

Innovators flock to boost British wool trade

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Britain's wool industry, which for a decade was shrinking like a cardigan on a hot wash, is bouncing back thanks to demand for our coarse home-grown fleeces for a variety of weird and wonderful applications.

09 Sep 2015

AWGA blasts 1.5pc levy omission

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AUSTRALIAN Wool Growers Association chairman Robert McBride is disappointed that AWI has ignored the recommendations of the WoolPoll 2015 Panel and a large percentage of wool growers in its levy options.

04 Sep 2015

WPA slams AWI over levy

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WOOLPRODUCERS Australia (WPA) has slammed Australian Wool Innovation's (AWI) decision to leave out a 1.5 per cent levy option at the WoolPoll vote. WPA senior vice president and NSW Farmers wool committee chairman, Ed Storey, Yass, NSW, claimed the exclusion of an incremental levy decrease was a deliberate move from AWI to ensure the levy was not lowered from two per cent.

31 Aug 2015

MEDIA RELEASE - WoolPoll Options Queensland

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WoolProducers Australia has expressed disappointment over the levy options put to wool growers to vote on in this year's WoolPoll, claiming that the glaring omission of 1.5% as an option does not provide growers with an opportunity at an incremental decrease in compulsory levies paid.

31 Aug 2015

Wool growers push for 1.5pc WoolPoll levy ignored by AWI

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Australia's wool marketing, research and development body has been criticised for ignoring a national grower call for a 1.5pc option in the WoolPoll 2015 options. Australian Wool Innovation last Friday announced the five voting options of WoolPoll 2015 as zero, 1 percent, 2pc, 2.5pc and 3pc; unchanged from previous polls.

27 Aug 2015

Victoria's chief veterinian issues animal welfare warning

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Victorian sheep and cattle producers have been warned to maintain animal welfare standards or risk large fines and bans on owning livestock.

27 Aug 2015

Mulesing pain relief now well in place — so now for the next steps in pain management for sheep

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Emeritus Professor Peter Windsor, University of Sydney, spoke on progress in pain management in sheep and other livestock at the PanPacific Veterinary Conference in Brisbane in May. Windsor and his team have extensively researched the efficacy of pain relieving drugs in livestock and willingly challenges a few myths about the way animals feel pain.

24 Aug 2015

Australian wool production to ease in 2015/16

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The Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee forecasts that shorn wool production for 2015/16 will decline by 4.3% to 332 mkg. This reflects a 3.7% fall in shorn sheep numbers, a result of the continued high turn-off of sheep and lambs in 2014/15, while average fleece weights are expected to be 0.7% lower than in 2014/15.

18 Aug 2015

Look after animal welfare or pay the price, warns wool buyer

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ONE of the world's largest wool-buying and processing companies wants Australian farmers to be forced into using pain relief when performing animal husbandry operations on sheep.

24 Jul 2015

Rodd & Gunn joins the Woolmark licensing program

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The latest brand to gain Woolmark and Woolmark Blend certification is premium menswear label Rodd & Gunn. With a heritage dating back to 1946, the label's affiliation and relationship with wool resonates with the values and qualities upheld by the Woolmark brand.

21 Jul 2015

El Nino fuels disturbing trend

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Global temperature records continued to tumble in June, as the strengthening El Nino in the Pacific combined with background warming from climate change.

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