OUTSIDER Don Macdonald has secured a seat at the Australian Wool Innovation board table, despite failing to receive the influential endorsement of chairman Wal Merriman.
National Sheep & Wool Writer
Annabelle Cleeland is Fairfax Media’s national sheep and wool writer. Annabelle joined the Fairfax team in 2012 to nurture her love of Australian agriculture. She began as the Victorian western district reporter at Stock & Land before taking on a senior position as a journalist reporting on all industries statewide. Annabelle’s appetite to report on issues which affect the sheep and wool industry has seen her travel to many parts of Australia and abroad. She is excited to spin industry yarns during a period of substantial demand for the sheepmeat and wool industries. Annabelle enjoys horse riding and climbing mountains, and is a lazy supporter of the Geelong Football Club.
Wool growing heavyweights, TA Field Estates and Paraway Pastoral, will make their presence felt at this year’s Australian Wool Innovation AGM.
AS record breaking wool prices flush supply out of storage, Australia’s bullish wool market remains a long way from the famous 1950s where wool was worth a pound for a pound.
South Australia’s Allan Piggott, Moorlands, is the captain of the nation’s new peak sheep body which has undergone a major overhaul.
South Australian woolgrower Richard Halliday has been reappointed as WoolProducers Australia president.
‘Money talks’ is the reasoning behind a surge in SustainaWOOL accredited farms, as price premiums lure 700 farms to join the integrity scheme in two years.
MORE than $170 million of wool has been sold in the last fortnight as prices hit uncharted levels at a record-breaking 1681 cents a kilogram.
Australian Wool Innovation has been accused of exploiting loopholes in the industry’s constitution amid revelations of excessive professional development spending.
CAMPAIGNS to disrupt the power-block on the Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) board are underway as the industry group’s voluntary gag placed on the mulesing debate is removed.
Lamb yardings have spiked 21 per cent nationally to record levels this spring, as high slaughter numbers indicate tight times ahead for supply.
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