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

Wool's Art4Ag champions named

FOUR young agricultural entrepreneurs have been selected to take their passion for the wool industry into schools across Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

Tom Tourle, Emma Turner, Peta Bradley and Pat Morgan will represent Australian Wool Innovation’s (AWI) 2014 Art4Agriculture Young Farming Champion (YFC) team.

They will provide a vital link between urban consumers, and food and fibre producers, as part of the Archibull Prize program, an in-school initiative - now in its fourth successful year – encouraging students to learn about sustainable agriculture and environmental issues through art and multimedia.

Dubbo TAFE teacher Tom Tourle grew up around sheep, and admits to being the very same “bike riding, animal loving, pliers wielding” kind of bloke he was as a kid. When he’s not teaching, Tom is following his dreams of starting his own grazing enterprise while working full time at the family farm.

Sixth generation wool producer Emma Turner spent her childhood on her family’s Merino sheep station near Ivanhoe, western NSW, where she lives and works today. Emma believes the long term future of the Australian agriculture sector relies on farmers and the community working together. Full story in Farm Weekly

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...

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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 

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