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Beyond the Bale : Aug 07 - Sep 07
Australian wool wins mulesing case COVER STORY Celebrating 200 years 9 The nation-building Merino, the forward- thinking people of the wool industr y and the role of wool in fashion FEATURES Shear brilliance 4 The best wool-har vesting talent in Australia was on display in Dubbo at Shear$mar ter Organic wool 6 Demand for environmentally friendly products is creating a new market for organic wool Drought-inspired sur vival strategy 17 Restoring native saltbush provides a hardy source of fodder for the hard times Successful succession 19 Discussion and planning are vital to resolving 'who gets what' of the family farm business Wool triumphs in Sahara trial 20 A Merino shir t keeps Shaun Bacon cool and protected throughout his deser t marathon PROFILE Dr Sally Hutchinson 24 CSIRO senior research scientist AWI -- AWS MERGER UPDATE AWI and Australian Wool Ser vices (AWS) are continuing with integration despite the process being extended beyond 30 June. AWS chairman Barr y Walker says that AWS is concluding its arrangements with the IWS Pension Fund, and this is taking longer than originally expected. "Upon finalisation of our financial arrangements, AWS will advise shareholders of the earliest possible date for a general meeting," he says. "This general meeting will give shareholders the oppor tunity to vote on the integration with AWI." AWI chairman Ian McLachlan says he believes the target date for integration will now be 31 August. "The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has cleared the integration, citing no competition issues," he says. Mr McLachlan reiterated to shareholders, business par tners, Woolmark licensees and all those who have a stake in the Australian wool industry that this integration is critical for the industr y to move forward. "The structure and commercial interests of AWS cover many countries and markets," Mr McLachlan says. "The goal is to ensure a smooth and ordered transition of par ticular assets from AWS to AWI, and in order to do this there are a number of formal processes AWS must complete before the integration can be successful. "Both companies are committed to integration, and significant work is being done to create one organisation to lead the research, development and marketing of Australian Merino wool. Once the integration has taken place, we can all focus on building a world-class organisation and secure Australian Merino's world-leading position in the global wool market." Mr McLachlan says the wool industr y, shareholders, business par tners and the Australian Government will continue to be kept informed of all developments. THECONTENTS AWINEWS BREEDING FOR PROFIT: all the tools you need AWI says the breeding tools now available, or soon to be available, to stud and commercial breeders will have the ability to raise the pace of genetic gain to a level never seen before. Irrespective of the sheep-breeding systems used, genetic evaluation tools help woolgrowers select the sheep most suited to their long-term strategy, environment demands and profitability goals. "At AWI, we do not advocate one breeding tool alone, but suggest there is a suite of tools available that woolgrowers can utilise to their advantage," says AWI's sheep productivity program manager Dr Troy Fischer. "Some move you there faster than others, and it's up to woolgrowers to decide which system they will implement." AWI supports three forms of genetic evaluation -- Sheep Genetics Australia, Merino Superior Sires and the Merino Bloodlines Packages. "Genetic benchmarking information is one of the most powerful tools available to Australian woolgrowers 2ISSUE 29 AUGUST -- SEPTEMBER 2007 Beyond the Bale is published by Australian Wool Innovation Limited (AWI), a company funded by Australian sheep and wool producers and the Australian Government. AWI's mission is to drive research, development, innovation and marketing that will increase the long-term profitability of Australian woolgrowers. The company invests in products and practices to help woolgrowers reduce the cost of production on their farms, and also under takes activities aimed at increasing the demand for Australian Merino wool. Executive Editor: Richard Smith, Senior Project Manager, Publications AWI, Level 5, 16-20 Barrack St, Sydney NSW 2000 AWI, GPO Box 4177, Sydney NSW 2001 P (02) 9299 5155 F (02) 9299 9880 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.woolinnovation.com.au AWI info line 1800 070 099 Subscription: Beyond the Bale is available free. To subscribe, contact Richard Smith at AWI P (02) 9299 5155 E email@example.com Beyond the Bale is online at www.wool.com.au Copyright: Material in Beyond the Bale is copyright. Reproduction of the material is encouraged. However due acknowledgement is required. Disclaimer: Information in Beyond the Bale is not intended as professional advice. AWI will not accept responsibility for any liability arising from reliance on the contents. Beyond the Bale is written and produced for AWI by Coretext Pty Ltd. Editorial director: Brad Collis Editor: Kellie Penfold Creative director: Tim Claeys Coretext, PO Box 12542, Melbourne Vic 8006 P (03) 9670 1168 F (03) 9670 1127 E firstname.lastname@example.org W www.coretext.com.au Beyond the Bale now includes adver tising. AWI is a commercially aware company and the decision to include adver tising has been taken as a demonstration of its commitment to provide the best ser vice at minimum costs. Advertising sales: Max Hyde, Hyde Media Pty Ltd P (03) 9870 4161 F (03) 9870 4163 E email@example.com Adver tising is subject to terms and conditions published on the rate card, which is available from Hyde Media. ISSN: 1447-9680 Cover photo: Tyrrell Photographic Collection, Powerhouse Museum The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) group has agreed to stop threatening international retailers over the practice of mulesing, following talks with AWI.The commitment by PETA is a landmark development for the wool industry. After four days of mediation, PETA agreed to AWI's position that if AWI dropped its legal proceedings against PETA the group had to cease activity that called for, or threatened to call for, a consumer boycott of any specific retailer in relation to the sale of products from mulesed wool until 31 December 2010.This is the date the industry has set for phasing out conventional mulesing. This historic commitment marks the end of a court case brought by AWI against PETA in the Federal Court of Australia. AWI deputy chief executive officer Les Targ says Australian woolgrowers have always put the welfare of their sheep first and this would continue. "This has been a hard-fought campaign by Australian woolgrowers that started in October 2004," Mr Targ says. "Since the Federal Court case began, PETA's activities have been curbed and demand for Australian Merino wool has grown, unfettered by the influence of the animal-rights movement. "In the past 12 months the value of wool exports has increased by more than $700 million." Mr Targ says AWI will continue to monitor PETA's international and Australian activity. The settlement identifies activities already being undertaken by the Australian wool industry, which will be documented and provided to PETA. "The National Mulesing Accreditation Program (NMAP) will continue to be rolled out, as well as genetic research into bare- breech sheep," Mr Targ says. "There will be a system to identify wool from unmulesed sheep for retailers who want it." from AWI," Dr Fischer says. "It offers not only identification of the most productive animals within any population, but also nationwide evaluation of Merino performance." To read more about how breeding decisions affect the bottom line for woolgrowers see the 'Breeding for Profit' supplement with this issue of Beyond the Bale.
Aug 07 - Sep 07 Supplement
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