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Beyond the Bale : September 2019
ON FARM 65 John Dalla of South Australia finished fifth in the blade shearing final at the World Championships in France. PHOTO: Kylie Rigby The AWI-supported shearing competition at the Kojonup Show in WA. COMPETITIONS PROMOTE EXCELLENCE AWI sponsored the Australian National Shearing and Woolhandling team at July’s World Championships, which were held in France for the first time in its 40-year history. John Dalla (SA) placed a creditable fifth in the individual blade shearing competition and fourth in the team event with Ken French (Victoria). Jason Wingfield (Victoria) and Daniel McIntyre (NSW) represented Australia in the shearing competition, placing 15th and 16th respectively. In the woolhandling competition Racheal Hutchison (NSW) placed 9th and Mel Morris (Tasmania) 13th. AWI provides support for the team and the National Shearing and Woolhandling Championships – plus many local competitions across the country and the state championships in every state – with the main aims of promoting excellence within the shearing industry, and to encourage young people to join the industry. In the 2018/19 financial year, AWI provided support to 46 local shearing competitions AWI provides support to shearing and woolhandling competitions at local, state and national levels. The aim is to promote excellence and encourage better techniques in shearing and woolhandling. The AWI-supported shearing competition at Tamworth Show in NSW. AWI and The Woolmark Company are offering Australian woolgrowers a free stencil of the Woolmark logo for use on their wool bales, to identify and brand their wool fibre as being proudly grown in Australia. The Woolmark logo is world- renowned and the most recognised label for fibre quality in the textile industry. If you are an Australian woolgrower, AWI encourages you to apply for a stencil. By branding your bales with the Woolmark logo, you proudly identify your wool as Australian grown and connect your greasy wool to this global branding opportunity. The new Woolmark bale stencil will, over time, form part of a broader supply chain integrity program that has been initiated by AWI. Woolgrowers are eligible to apply for a stencil if they have paid more than a total of $100 in wool levies over the past three financial years. Eligible Australian woolgrowers should head to www.wool.com/stencil and order their Woolmark stencil. You can order up to two stencils per order and you’ll need to provide your AWI Shareholder or Levy Payer Reference Number on application. For further information, contact the AWI Helpline on 1800 070 099. MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/stencil firstname.lastname@example.org WOOLMARK BALE STENCIL across the country (NSW 17, Vic 9, WA 9, SA 9, Tas 3), which includes payment of entry fees for novice shearers and wool handlers. AWI Shearing Industry Training Development Coordinator Jim Murray says AWI is keen to raise the profile and status of the shearing industry by enabling participation in well conducted shearing and woolhandling competitions. “Competitions help encourage better techniques in shearing and woolhandling, which is for the benefit of the wool-growing industry from which they derive,” he said. “AWI’s support aims to encourage a quality workforce, an interest in wool, and an appreciation of the art and skill of shearers and wool handlers. AWI’s financial support for competitions makes a significant impact on the viability of many competitions.” MORE INFORMATION To apply for AWI support for local or regional shearing or woolhandling competitions, complete the form at www.wool.com/competitionsupport The new Woolmark stencil proudly displayed on the bales from ‘Tintara’, Ben and Esther Creek’s wool-growing operation at Boyup Brook in the south-west of Western Australia.
In the Shops - September 2019