March 2014 Update

In February 2013, WoolProducers Australia brought together critical industry stakeholders to develop a national action plan to combat the economic and personal devastation caused by wild dogs across rural Australia.

The goal when initiating this work was to harness all the excellent work being undertaken to manage wild dogs from around the country and to use this to facilitate a nationally coordinated approach.

The draft Plan covers a multi-faceted approach, which includes leadership, people and capacity building, tools and methodologies as well as monitoring, evaluation and reporting for continuous improvement.

Following 12 months of development, the Draft Plan has now been fully supported by all industry and government stakeholders. This development showcases how an industry/government collaboration can quickly harness both goodwill and action against threats to a sustainable Australian agriculture industry.

The Draft Plan is now being progressed through the various government stages seeking endorsement for the Plan from all the Australian agriculture Ministers. Wild Dog Action Plan webpage: Final Draft of National Wild Dog Action Plan April 2014

End of wool glut leads to growing optimism

WoolProducers Australia President Geoff Fisken has featured in an article forecasting an industry recovery over the next two years.

Mr Fisken responded to the forecast from his property, Lal Lal at Buninyong near Ballarat, where his flock of 17,000 merinos produces some of Australia’s best fine wool.

Mr Fisken said he had struggled to turn a profit from growing premium quality merino wool finer than 19 microns for much of the past decade.

He said it was encouraging to hear ABARES’ predictions, but the movement in the average wool market indicator alone did not tell the full story because of different global demand for varying grades of wool fineness and quality.

“For the past couple of years now the medium-strength wools have been doing well while the fine-wool market has been quite depressed,” Mr Fisken said.

“But now I agree (with ABARES), I think there is a definite upside ahead that with good seasons and the downward fall in the Australian dollar should translate into much better prices and long-term outlook for us.”

WPA President Geoff Fisken shows wool samples to buyer Eduard Zanenin in his shearing shed at Lal Lal Estate near Ballarat. Picture: David Geraghty Source: News Corp Australia WPA President Geoff Fisken shows wool samples to buyer Eduard Zanenin in his shearing shed at Lal Lal Estate near Ballarat. Picture: David Geraghty Source: News Corp Australia

The Australian said the falling dollar, growing Chinese wealth and the shrinking of the national sheep flock offered long-suffering woolgrowers the prospect of better returns in the next two years.

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has predicted a 5 per cent rise in wool prices in 2014-15, taking the standard wool indicator to $11.60 paid for each kilogram of clean wool.

This follows a 6 per cent rise in prices in 2013-14, after values in most categories of Australian merino wool collapsed for much of the previous decade.

Mr Fisken said a glut of wool in the past decade had hurt producers of fine wool - the market that provides the top quality wool for fashion garments and the best Italian suits. More than 600,000 tonnes of wool was shorn nationally in 2000, much of it at the fine-wool end, as woolgrowers chased higher prices. See full story from The Australian


Unprecedented drought threatens livelihood of woolgrowers

The President of WoolProducers Australia, Geoff Fisken, said a package of urgent support measures from the Australian Government may be the only answer for the survival of many wool producing families in the grip of devastating drought.

Mr Fisken said Australia’s wool producing industry faced one of the most damaging droughts in its history, threatening woolgrowers and farmers generally, and which could take the nation decades for the industry to recover from.

“WoolProducers Australia is working closely with the National Farmers’ Federation on a package of critical measures that will support our farmers as they battle drought,” Mr Fisken said. See media release 


Policy Officer – Health and Welfare

WoolProducers Australia is inviting applications for a new staff position as Policy Officer - Health and Welfare.

The Policy Officer - Health and Welfare will research, analyse, develop and communicate WPA policy and provide executive support to senior staff and to WPA Director. The Policy Officer will be actively involved in the communications function with WPA’s numerous stakeholders.

Interested persons are invited to initially contact CEO, Jane Brownbill, jbrownbill@woolproducers.com.au or 0429 940 444 to discuss the position. See full position details for Policy Officer - Health and Welfare

Communication the key to tackling sheep disease in Tasmania

This You Tube video clip was produced by WoolProducers Australia and the Sheepmeat Council of Australia. It gives an overview of the rise of footrot as a serious issue for wool and sheep meat producers.  


British GQ's 25th Anniversary: Savile Row is Rock 'N' Roll

No one would question the fact that around the world Britain is celebrated both for unbeatable music and its unimpeachable menswear. So, to celebrate 25 years as the UK's best men's magazine, GQ has brought the two together in a unique photographic portfolio (in collaboration with The Woolmark Company). We've taken the exceptional performers who have rocked our world over the past quarter of a century and dressed them in Savile Row's finest bespoke tailoring with Merino wool fabrics from the very best British manufacturing wool mills. Just as British music today boasts its biggest ever share of the global market, right now the British menswear industry - from manufacture to design - has never been stronger. Welcome, friends, to the show that never ends...

Another cool wool story here...


WoolProducers Annual Review 2014

WPA Annual Review 2013WoolProducers Australia is in the early stages of preparing the WoolProducers 2014. This is an  opportunity to express your ial material. The Annual Review is launched during Wool Week and it serves to bring together industry perspectives from across the spectrum of wool production and marketing. WPA Annual Review 2013 E Zine.

The review is a contemporary account of the Australian wool industry by wool producers, for wool producers. It does this by compiling state reports from each of the six state farming organisations, who each contribute a director to the WPA board, plus reports from the WPA President and three Independent Directors. Report in the Weekly Times Friday 13 September. See the previous 2012 WoolProducers Annual Review 

Contact CEO Jane Brownbill at jbrownbill@woolproducers.com.au


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