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14 Aug 2014

Big beyondblue bus NSW road trip

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THE Big Blue bus will be visiting Western NSW next week as part of beyondblue's National Roadshow. Beyondblue's bus tour will cover more than 30,000 kilometres across NSW, starting off with a stop in Bathurst next Monday August 18.

12 Aug 2014

Electronic tag opponents unite ahead of ABARES report

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Farmer groups and stock agents across Australia today restated their opposition to mandatory electronic tagging of sheep and goats, reiterating support for mob-based visual tag identification.

6 Aug 2014

How I would kill dogs

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For the past 10 years, we have seen migrations of wild dogs across all parts of Australia, and in most cases have only been able to 'admire' the problem.

23 July 2014

'Outrage expert' finds Joyce's PETA position one-sided

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Australia's wool industry and its supporters would gain nothing and lose much by focusing on disapproval of PETA's methods in filming shearer abuse of sheep, a world outrage expert has suggested.

17 July 2014

RSPCA says PETA is not 'fair dinkum'

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The CEO of the New South Wales RSPCA has slammed the People for Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) for delaying the release of animal cruelty footage. Steve Coleman says without this information being passed on to his organisation, or the police, those perpetrating the abuse cannot be prosecuted.

17 July 2014

Tri-Solfen could be available for shearers to use during wound stitching in the next 12 months - for 15 to 30c a procedure, says Animal Ethics

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Administering pain relief for sheep during wound stitching could cost as little as 15 cents per procedure. Animal Ethics, the company which developed anaesthetic/antiseptic Tri-Solfen alongside partner Bayer, says work is under way to make the drug available more accessible to shearers.

16 July 2014

Sheep producers can now more easily buy mulesing pain relief

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Sheep producers can now buy a mulesing pain relief product more easily thanks to a change in its scheduling. Tri-Solfen was previously only available through a veterinarian but the change means it can now be sold through Landmark stores.

16 July 2014

Former Australian Wool Innovation chair takes a swipe at the group for stalling on sheep breeding technology

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Australian Wool Innovation has come under fire from a former chairman for stalling on sheep breeding technology. Ian McLachlan, who was chairman of AWI from 2002 to 2008 and served as a Defence Minister...

15 July 2014

Wool woes strike fine end of market as prices shorn this season

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Last season was one of the worst in recent years for fine wool growers, closing at $10.66 a kilogram compared to almost $12 just two years ago.

15 July 2014

Leyonhjelm slams agriculture levy system

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Liberal Democratic Party Senator David Leyonhjelm wants the government to review the entire marketing and research levy system for agriculture.

14 July 2014

Claim wool industry has responded poorly to welfare campaigns

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A former board director of Australian Wool Innovation says the industry isn't doing enough to manage the effects of animal welfare campaigns.

05 July 2014

Realising the Merino's meaty potential

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It was only a fortnight, but for Walcha, NSW, stud Merino producer Martin Oppenheimer a whistle stop tour of Chinese wool processing and plants...

3 July 2014

Meat and Livestock Australia to conduct review amid concerns about transparency

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Meat and Livestock Australia will review its operations in response to concerns from producers about its transparency. The move follows a recent Senate inquiry in Canberra which accused the peak research and development company of operating under "smoke and mirrors" with its director elections likened to "the Kremlin".

27 June 2014

Call for AWI levy reform

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Woolgrowers are calling for greater say in how their compulsory 2 per cent levy is spent by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).

23 June 2014

Producers cool on AWI campaigns

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Australian Wool Innovation's (AWI) overseas marketing focus to position Merino wool as a luxury fibre isn't cutting much ice with producers.

14 June 2014

Wool and Flame Resistance

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Wool has a complex composition that is based on a unique cell structure. Wool's high nitrogen and water content makes it naturally flame resistant.

14 June 2014

Wool and Biodegradability

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Wool is a natural, annually renewable fibre grown on sheep out of which a variety of products from apparel to interior textiles are manufactured.

14 June 2014

Wool's Technical Properties Showcased by Campaign for Wool Patron HRH The Prince of Wales

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HRH The Prince of Wales marked the Campaign for Wool's 5th Anniversary yesterday at Clarence House by highlighting two of wool's most beneficial technical properties - its natural flame resistance and biodegradability.

26 May 2014

El Nino likely in 2014

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The tropical Pacific Ocean continues a general trend toward El Nino, with just over half of the climate models surveyed by the Bureau suggesting El Nino thresholds will be exceeded by August.

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