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21.10.2021 Source: AWEX
AWEX EMI 1369 +46
Micron 17 2508 +35
Micron 18 2161 +94
Micron 19 1716 +76
Micron 20 1360 +45
Micron 21 1295 +63
Micron 22 1254n +62
Micron 26 705n +19
Micron 28 423 +8
Micron 30 342 +2
MCar 883 -6
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2021 Review of Performance

Episode 193

2021 Review of Performance

Episode 193 - August 26, 2021

Where does Australian Wool Innovation still need to improve to better service the woolgrowers who fund it?

Hear from the CEO, Stuart McCullough himself about the independent review of the organisation.

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Make The Label Count; the most important wool campaign ever? Make The Label Count; the most important wool campaign ever?

Make The Label Count; the most important wool campaign ever?

- Episode 200 - October 20, 2021

We celebrate the double century by tackling one of the biggest issues to face the wool industry: European labelling laws that portray our fibre as bad for the environment.

Hear from IWTO Secretary General Dalena White about how the Make The Label Count campaign has already made some headway.

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Kangaroo Island recovery, with a surprise Kangaroo Island recovery, with a surprise

Kangaroo Island recovery, with a surprise

- Episode 199 - October 8, 2021

One of the most distinctive woolgrowing regions in Australia was devastated by fires in early 2020. Its recovery is occurring at a great pace as it rebuilds stronger and better than ever and, it has a wonderful wool project on the agenda that will interest every single woolgrower in the country!

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Shearing innovation: can catch + drag be eliminated? And the digital tally counter! Shearing innovation: can catch + drag be eliminated? And the digital tally counter!

Shearing innovation: can catch + drag be eliminated? And the digital tally counter!

- Episode 198 - October 1, 2021

Hear from the man behind the new sheep delivery system, bringing sheep right to the shearer on the board. What will it cost, when could it be available and who owns the technology? Glenn Haynes from the Shearing Contractors Association explains all.

Also Scott Leslie, the woolgrower creating a digital shearing tally counter, a Farmers2Founders success story. 

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Containment/confinement feeding Containment/confinement feeding

Containment/confinement feeding

- Episode 197 - September 23, 2021

With so many added benefits from feeding stock this way, there is no surprise why so many growers now use this method to control their sheep production system. Hear the dos and don’t of containment feeding from those who have done it well.

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AWI Board Q+A and the school wether challenge AWI Board Q+A and the school wether challenge

AWI Board Q+A and the school wether challenge

- Episode 196 - September 17, 2021

We hear from two ends of the wool industry. A snapshot from the recent AWI Board question and answer session and then hear about the highly successful secondary school competition bringing kids a first-hand experience with Merinos at their schools.

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Breeding Leadership Breeding Leadership

Breeding Leadership

- Episode 195 - September 9, 2021

Breeding Leadership is one of the most popular programs AWI offers young people in the wool industry. Hear how this week long course has changed careers and lives with Amie L’Strange who runs a wool growing and stud business but also now sits on the NSW Producer Advisory Panel.

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Woolpoll and a sheep handling legend Woolpoll and a sheep handling legend

Woolpoll and a sheep handling legend

- Episode 194 - September 3, 2021

Where does Australian Wool Innovation still need to improve to better service the woolgrowers who fund it?

Hear from the CEO, Stuart McCullough himself about the independent review of the organisation.

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Farmers helping farmers Farmers helping farmers

Farmers helping farmers

- Episode 192 - August 19, 2021

Using a board structure, AgEDGE is like a cross between an advisor and a benchmarking group and is giving clarity to big and small farming decisions. Hear how it works.

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The UK and Europe post COVID: What for wool? The UK and Europe post COVID: What for wool?

The UK and Europe post COVID: What for wool?

- Episode 191 - August 12, 2021

With about a third of the Australian wool clip bought at retail in Europe, what does the re-opening of society in parts of Europe mean for wool demand and the future of our fibre?

Peter Ackroyd shared his extensive experience and knowledge in this vital market at this vital time.

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New AWI Chairman Jock Laurie New AWI Chairman Jock Laurie

New AWI Chairman Jock Laurie

- Episode 190 - August 5, 2021

With a strong track record with the National Farmers Federation and NSW farmers, new AWI Chairman Jock Laurie is first and foremost a farmer himself. In this extensive interview, hear Jock’s view of the current state of the wool industry, future prospects and challenges and why things look so bright for wool.

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Ross Wells OAM Ross Wells OAM

Ross Wells OAM

- Episode 189 - July 30, 2021

A lifetime in Merinos, this stalwart of the industry explains why he believes the industry is at the greatest point in his long life so far.

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The world’s biggest fleece competition turns 20 The world’s biggest fleece competition turns 20

The world’s biggest fleece competition turns 20

- Episode 188 - July 23, 2021

The Australian Fleece Competition attracts hundreds of fleeces every year and has been doing so for 20 years. Measuring through both objective and subjective means it gives great feedback to woolgrowers.

We also head to Gippsland, a wool region in Victoria that has been through it all in recent years but now has a very bright looking future.

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The next wool selling season; what’s the outlook? The next wool selling season; what’s the outlook?

The next wool selling season; what’s the outlook?

- Episode 187 - July 16, 2021

It’s the beginning of the new wool selling season, after a very interesting 12-18 months for the Australian wool market. With the EMI recovering over 60% since the pandemic low of 858ac in September ’20, AWI trade consultant Scott Carmody fills us on what’s driving Merino wool prices, where crossbred wools sit, and what the coming months may look like for Australian woolgrowers.  

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EU labelling problem EU labelling problem

EU labelling problem

- Episode 186 - July 8, 2021

In future, there will be product labels placed on all garments in Europe, informing consumers of the environmental impact of the garment on sale.

Current methodology measures wool and other natural fibres harshly compared to synthetic, man-made fibres. Hear how AWI and the IWTO are working to correct this.

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Q&A for WoolQ Q&A for WoolQ

Q&A for WoolQ

- Episode 185 - July 1, 2021

Where is the digital exchange and storage platform at?
Are woolgrowers, brokers, exporters and buyers on board? Have we reached a critical mass of users yet?
Stephen Hill addresses the big questions.

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It's Super-fine It's Super-fine

It's Super-fine

- Episode 184 - June 24, 2021

The flagship of the Australian wool industry is back with superfine wool prices the highest they have been for some years.

The prospects for the industry are very good, but don’t take our word for it: hear from two families central to the industry for a combined 200+ years: Danny Picker and Trevor Mibus speak to The Yarn.

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The Sheep Geek (self-confessed) The Sheep Geek (self-confessed)

The Sheep Geek (self-confessed)

- Episode 183 - June 18, 2021

From a reluctant social media user to prolific user of technology on farm.

Hear from sheep farmer and stud breeder Mark Mortimer about his “it has to work for me” approach to new technology.

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Merinos winning in a changing landscape Merinos winning in a changing landscape

Merinos winning in a changing landscape

- Episode 182 - June 10, 2021

Woolgrowing in Tasmania has been put under the microscope for profitability with the expansion of irrigation over the last 20 years.

Despite new production options, fine wool is still winning in terms of profitability, stability and reliability according to George Gatenby.

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Real Farmers with Real Agritech = solving problems + lifting profits Real Farmers with Real Agritech = solving problems + lifting profits

Real Farmers with Real Agritech = solving problems + lifting profits

- Episode 181 - June 3, 2021

From the Digital and Smart Agriculture (DISA) Festival hear from farmers Nick Seymour (Farmo) and Jen Medway (Agrifutures) about the way technology is improving their business right now. 46% fleeceweight gains in Merinos for example.

Also, they explain much of the jargon around the Internet of Things (IoT) to equip you to decide what might solve problems for you.

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Australian Made Week; buy local, support local Australian Made Week; buy local, support local

Australian Made Week; buy local, support local

- Episode 180 - May 28, 2021

The first ever ‘Australian Made Week’ runs this week from May 24 to May 30, encouraging Australian shoppers to buy locally-made goods and support the makers and growers in our country.

We speak with two Australian made and owned wool brands, Woolerina and MiniJumbuk about what it takes to be in retail in Australia, and the significance of being Australian made in an industry where a large volume of wool manufacturing is done overseas. 

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Voices of the Wool Industry Voices of the Wool Industry

Voices of the Wool Industry

- Episode 179 - May 20, 2021

Discussions, debates and decisions are all on the cards at the Wool Industry Consultative Panel (WICP) meetings. The WICP represent woolgrowers from far and wide across Australia, to make sure AWI acts on industry issues relevant to each state. 3 WICP members join us this episode, to talk about the industry’s priorities right now and how we act upon them.

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Joining Ewe Lambs Joining Ewe Lambs

Joining Ewe Lambs

- Episode 178 - May 13, 2021

When done correctly, joining ewe lambs can be profitable and play an important role in building or maintaining flocks, as explained by Kirsty and Andrew Kennedy of Thrive Agri Services. Their new course called Thriving Ewe Lambs, is providing participants with the science and best-practice management to optimise the reproduction of ewe lambs.

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Wool production and WoolQ Wool production and WoolQ

Wool production and WoolQ

- Episode 177 - May 7, 2021

Wool production is lifting but not everywhere: what the flock is happening with it?

WoolQ is gaining steam and sales: hear the latest on this innovative platform for our fibre.

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Revisiting the USA Revisiting the USA

Revisiting the USA

- Episode 176 - April 29, 2021

18 months after a significant visit to Australia (episode 108), what has happened to the brands that came and saw the industry?

Hear from Stephen Kelly AWI/Woolmark in the USA and one of the farmers that hosted the trip; Neil Harris.

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Sheep Sustainability Framework Sheep Sustainability Framework

Sheep Sustainability Framework

- Episode 175 - April 21, 2021

Sheep Producers Australia and WoolProducers Australia have released the world first Australian Sheep Sustainability Framework (SSF).

The SSF is supported by AWI and MLA and was initiated by Australia’s sheep industry leaders to demonstrate our sustainable practices, identify areas for improvement, and better communicate with customers and consumers. Hear why it is so significant to the future of our industry.

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Pasture legumes to feed livestock and crops Pasture legumes to feed livestock and crops

Pasture legumes to feed livestock and crops

- Episode 174 - April 16, 2021

Newly discovered pasture legumes species are being identified to boost profits and reduce risk in mixed farms of low to medium rainfall areas of Australia. These annual legumes are offering improved production benefits to both cropping and animal systems, as Rob Harrison of Murdoch University explains.

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Where to for wool post COVID Where to for wool post COVID

Where to for wool post COVID

- Episode 173 - April 9, 2021

New markets, new products, new ideas and new challenges.

Hear how the market has adapted and where the wool supply chain and the wool market is heading into the future.

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Burying wool and stereotypes Burying wool and stereotypes

Burying wool and stereotypes

- Episode 172 - April 1, 2021

Replicating the famous Campaign for Wool jumper burial, the Women on Farms gathering in Victoria recently showed how biodegradable wool is, while flying the flag for the crucial role women play in agriculture. 

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The fence that’s saving the outback The fence that’s saving the outback

The fence that’s saving the outback

- Episode 171 - March 26, 2021

It’s a lot of money, a lot of wire and a lot of land, but the revolution of cluster fencing has kept many wild dogs out and allowed for the reintroduction of sheep to many pastoral areas of Australia.

In central west Queensland, a cluster fencing program has now protected an area larger than Hong Kong. Hear from RAPAD’s Morgan Gronold and woolgrower David Owens about the endless positive impacts the fences have brought to businesses, livelihoods and communities in the region.

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What shearing shortage? What shearing shortage?

What shearing shortage?

- Episode 170 - March 18, 2021

The COVID pandemic has placed great pressure on shearing across the country.

Glenn Haynes from the Shearing Contractors Association explains how a huge effort to train more shearers and increase retention has helped turn the tide, helping make the Australian industry more labour self-sufficient.

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Merinos reduce cropping risks Merinos reduce cropping risks

Merinos reduce cropping risks

- Episode 169 - March 12, 2021

The Australian Merino Lamb Trial examined if a wether trading operation could pay for the crops the animals grazed.

Hear Craig Wilson of Craig Wilson and Associates and Jim Meckiff of JM Livestock discuss the surprising results of this very innovative on-farm study.

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The business in building a shearing shed The business in building a shearing shed

The business in building a shearing shed

- Episode 168 - March 4, 2021

The ingredients of a successful new shearing shed are the woolgrower, builder and shearing contractor, all being involved in the decision-making process throughout the shed’s construction.

The new shearing shed at Geoff and Linda Bilney’s ‘Broome Farms’ property in WA, is based off AWI’s shed design and will shear over 65,000 sheep annually. We speak to their builder and shearing contractor who explain the costs, design and long-term benefits to all in this shed built through collaboration.

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Taking a chance with wool and winning Taking a chance with wool and winning

Taking a chance with wool and winning

- Episode 167 - February 26, 2021

Meet two young-ish people who years ago took a big chance with wool and have won.

Both woolgrowers, Allan Harris is also a breeder and Alister Carr a wool broker. They talk through why they did and why their successful businesses now look so bright.

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Flies and worms in a wet summer Flies and worms in a wet summer

Flies and worms in a wet summer

- Episode 166 - February 18, 2021

Post drought, many woolgrowers have enjoyed a good season and now a wet summer which has created issues for fly and worm control. Hear experts talk through the best way to manage these very significant issues this summer to keep your flock safe.

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Marketing wool during COVID Marketing wool during COVID

Marketing wool during COVID

- Episode 165 - February 11, 2021

Despite significant challenges, wool marketing has adapted during the global pandemic with strong results.

Hear how Woolmark has partnered with effective channels to get the messages of versatility and modernity to a more discerning consumer.

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How blockchain could revolutionise wool How blockchain could revolutionise wool

How blockchain could revolutionise wool

- Episode 164 - February 5, 2021

Shared ledger technology is changing supply chains and offers transparency, traceability and provenance. 

This is what consumers, brands and manufacturers are wanting more of from wool. So what’s the go?

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A strong start to 2021 for the wool market A strong start to 2021 for the wool market

A strong start to 2021 for the wool market

- Episode 163 - January 29, 2021

Despite larger offerings and a stronger Australian dollar the wool market has lifted to start the 2021 calendar year.

What is driving this current market and can it last? Hear the analysis with AWI Trade Consultant Scott Carmody.

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A new path to farm ownership A new path to farm ownership

A new path to farm ownership

- Episode 162 - January 21, 2021

The dream of owning your own sheep farm seems harder than ever given property prices.

However, an innovative way of matching aspiring farmers and retiring farmers is making the dream a reality for a new generation of farmers who bring new ideas and new energy to Australia’s food and fibre industries.

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Yacker; a new way for farmers to communicate Yacker; a new way for farmers to communicate

Yacker; a new way for farmers to communicate

- Episode 161 - January 14, 2021

A clever new platform that allows farmers and experts to discuss problems, issues, questions, challenges.

Created by farmers for farmers, hear how Yacker might be the way we all yack in years to come.

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Managing your flock over summer Managing your flock over summer

Managing your flock over summer

- Episode 160 - January 7, 2021

Rams to prepare for joining, weaners to grow, vaccinations to give, parasites to manage; there’s a lot happening on the farm over summer!

Dr Tim Gole shares practical animal health and management advice for woolgrowers over the summer period, to best support your flock for the new calendar year.

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Where have all the shearers gone? Where have all the shearers gone?

Where have all the shearers gone?

- Episode 159 - December 31, 2020

A shearing and woolhandling shortage/crisis.

Hear from a meeting of industry stakeholders who have agreed on various important points to improve the issue of shearer and woolhandler labour.

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The nutritional value of crop stubbles The nutritional value of crop stubbles

The nutritional value of crop stubbles

- Episode 158 - December 24, 2020

Grazing stubbles is an important component of many mixed farming systems, filling feed gaps over the summer months as a valuable source of feed for livestock.

But with varying crop species, varieties, management and different harvesters, what is the nutritional value of modern crop stubbles? Dr Dean Thomas from CSIRO explains.

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Wool2030: a brighter future for Australian woolgrowers Wool2030: a brighter future for Australian woolgrowers

Wool2030: a brighter future for Australian woolgrowers

- Episode 157 - December 17, 2020

Chairman of the Wool Industry Consultative Panel Lyndsay Douglas talks through the new 10-year plan for the Australian wool industry. Over 800 woolgrowers and the greater industry has had input to Wool2030; hear what is in it and what it aims to do for the world’s premium sustainable fibre.

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Making EID work Making EID work

Making EID work

- Episode 156 - December 11, 2020

Electronic identification of sheep allows for precision management. How does it work? How does it make woolgrowers more money? This podcast explains it from those who have lived it.

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The editor behind Beyond the Bale The editor behind Beyond the Bale

The editor behind Beyond the Bale

- Episode 155 - December 4, 2020

In his 75th edition manging the flagship wool magazine, Richard Smith discusses life in the UK, the evolution of the flagship publication and how you can get into it.

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Highlights of the 2020 AGM Highlights of the 2020 AGM

Highlights of the 2020 AGM

- Episode 154 - November 27, 2020

Despite a challenging 2020 for the global economy and therefore wool, the future looks bright.

Hear from the AWI CEO, GM Marketing and GM Research about the state of R+D + marketing and the opportunities ahead.

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SafeSheds; The Shearing Shed Safety Program SafeSheds; The Shearing Shed Safety Program

SafeSheds; The Shearing Shed Safety Program

- Episode 153 - November 20, 2020

Whether you’re a woolgrower, shearing contractor or worker, everyone is responsible for safety in the shearing shed. The newly launched SafeSheds is a best practice guide and assessment resource to make the wool harvesting workplace safer for all.

Join us as the WA Shearing Industry Association (WASIA) explain the new program and how you can use it to reduce the risk of injuries and accidents in your shed. Learn more and sign up for free here www.wool.com/safe-sheds

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The sheep industry at new price and low flock levels The sheep industry at new price and low flock levels

The sheep industry at new price and low flock levels

- Episode 152 - November 13, 2020

Post drought the price of sheep is hitting record high levels but the flock is so low! Can sheep still be good value? Is it likely to last? Where are all the breeders going to come from?

We head from the west to the east of our great country to seek answers to these questions.

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Intensifying Merino operations: Can you double? Intensifying Merino operations: Can you double?

Intensifying Merino operations: Can you double?

- Episode 151 - November 6, 2020

The latest AWI funded Nuffield scholar is Monaro Merino producer Andrew Rolfe. After the last drought showed what was possible through containment, can this be the economically-efficient and environmentally-responsible way to seriously boost production?  

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AWI Young Breeders Challenge AWI Young Breeders Challenge

AWI Young Breeders Challenge

- Episode 150 - October 30, 2020

We celebrate our 150th episode of The Yarn by exploring how the industry is educating the next generation on the impact of differing environments on sheep genetics. Recently in Western Australia, 8 teams, 7 schools, 7 different environments and 1 sheep bloodline took part in the AWI Young Breeders Challenge.

We introduce the event organiser Grantly Mullan from Eastville Park stud, and four keen students from the WA College of Agriculture – Narrogin, who took part in the challenge and are excited for their futures in Australian agriculture. 

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Rams Rams

Rams

- Episode 149 - October 22, 2020

Michael Caton, one of Australia’s best loved actors, joins The Yarn podcast to discuss his latest film RAMS which explores the very real issue of an exotic disease outbreak in a sheep community.

Listen and see Michael as he joins host Marius Cuming to talk about his experience in the wool and farming industries and how accurate the film is in depicting how much sheep mean to the people who work with them, care for them and are defined by them.

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Making Changes - Change Makers Making Changes - Change Makers

Making Changes - Change Makers

- Episode 148 - October 15, 2020
The ground breaking Change Makers series of short, sharp videos is cutting through to woolgrowers, highlighting on farm changes that make a big difference to sheep producers. Hear from sheep consultant Nathan Scott about it.
 
Also the AWI AGM is entirely online in 2020: find out how will it all work and how you can participate.
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Ram Ready with Dr Michylla Seal Ram Ready with Dr Michylla Seal

Ram Ready with Dr Michylla Seal

- Episode 147 - October 9, 2020

Sheep reproductive technologies are Dr Michylla Seal’s bread and butter, and her work extends far beyond Australia’s communities and borders.

Hear how Dr Seal is breeding Australian Merino genetics into the Falkland Islands, and get her dos and don’ts on managing your rams prior to joining.

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From shearing school to Shanghai From shearing school to Shanghai

From shearing school to Shanghai

- Episode 146 - October 2, 2020

In western Queensland young shearers take up the craft and we hear from Jeff Ma, Country Manager for China about how our biggest market is rebounding. 

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Woolmark in America Woolmark in America

Woolmark in America

- Episode 145 - September 25, 2020

The world’s largest economy, on paper: should buy more wool.

Why are wool’s fortunes in the US slowly changing?

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A Shortage of Shearers – but is it all bad? A Shortage of Shearers – but is it all bad?

A Shortage of Shearers – but is it all bad?

- Episode 144 - September 18, 2020

Darren Spencer, a shearing contractor in WA’s Lake Grace, is currently down half a workforce as coronavirus keeps vital shearing staff back in New Zealand. But the show must go on.

Hear from Darren how shearing teams are coping and how the industry is focused on supporting and upskilling the next generation of shearers to meet the challenge.

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The twin Merino lambing shed The twin Merino lambing shed

The twin Merino lambing shed

- Episode 143 - September 11, 2020

A decade of lambing many hundreds of twin-bearing Merino ewes had delivered enormous benefits for Victorian woolgrower Tony Butler, but its labour intensive and surely can be made easier.

Tony also talks of his enthusiasm for wool having been on a wool tour of China and explains the amazing story of how his family came to farm at Newstead in the goldfields of Victoria.

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The next Hugh McKay The next Hugh McKay

The next Hugh McKay

- Episode 142 - September 3, 2020

A very famous name in Australian agriculture.

This young innovator has created the prototype that may make the backbreaking work of fencing much easier.

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Ag education: wether challenge success Ag education: wether challenge success

Ag education: wether challenge success

- Episode 141 - August 27, 2020

Helping fuel a boom in agricultural education, the wether challenge concept has introduced thousands of schoolchildren to the sheep and wool industry.

Hear how it is run and why it continues to be such a great success across Australia.

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Woolgrower to Wool Market  Woolgrower to Wool Market 

Woolgrower to Wool Market 

- Episode 140 - August 20, 2020

From paddocks of Western Australia with Steven Bolt to the streets of Western Europe with Damien Pommeret. We discuss the current hurdles and hopes in the industry from farm to fashion and look towards the green shoots of wool demand that may be emerging in our overseas markets.

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MJ Bale on changing demand for wool MJ Bale on changing demand for wool

MJ Bale on changing demand for wool

- Episode 139 - August 12, 2020

Innovation and a commitment to quality is why MJ Bale grew to be 55 stores and 350 staff in just 12 years.  

Founder and CEO Matt Jensen talks through his woolshed dream of starting his own wool retailing business.

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Legumes for Livestock Legumes for Livestock

Legumes for Livestock

- Episode 138 - August 7, 2020

With a change in the local landscape and weather patterns, woolgrower Alistair McDougall is trialing legume pastures to fill his autumn feed gap and improve soil quality. High in protein, highly digestible, hardy and persistent, Alistair shares his hopes for these legumes in his livestock system.

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Masks and online ram sales Masks and online ram sales

Masks and online ram sales

- Episode 137 - July 31, 2020

New age wool masks have been produced and may well bring a silver lining to the COVID pandemic.

Australia’s biggest sheep show takes its ram sale entirely online.

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Merinos planting crops Merinos planting crops

Merinos planting crops

- Episode 136 - July 23, 2020

The Australian Merino Lamb Trial explores whether wethers can pay for the crop they graze.

Craig Wilson runs the trial which is showing great results.

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Resisting resistance Resisting resistance

Resisting resistance

- Episode 135 - July 16, 2020

Surveys are showing concerning levels of resistance to some flystrike prevention options.

Hear head of research at AWI Dr Jane Littlejohn discuss options and where to from here.

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Persistence of wool marketing Persistence of wool marketing

Persistence of wool marketing

- Episode 134 - July 9, 2020

What’s around the corner for wool marketing? In an altered reality, hear about the roles that commuting, Amazon, Prada and online shopping will play in marketing Australian wool.

AWI’s GM of Marketing Communications Laura Armstrong takes us past the doom and gloom to better days ahead.

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Upgrading your shearing office Upgrading your shearing office

Upgrading your shearing office

- Episode 133 - July 2, 2020

There’s a lot to consider when designing and constructing a new shearing shed, as woolgrower Stuart Le Lievre knows all too well.

Why upgrade, what’re the advantages of a new shed and what information is out there to help? Stuart shares his experience.

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Precision lambing Precision lambing

Precision lambing

- Episode 132 - June 25, 2020

Lambing is a critical time for all sheep enterprises across Australia.

Tim Leeming, who knows lambing to be a ‘game of 1 percenters,’ outlines how he gets great results from his precision system.

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Australian wool & Asia; tough times and opportunities Australian wool & Asia; tough times and opportunities

Australian wool & Asia; tough times and opportunities

- Episode 131 - June 18, 2020

This week it’s all about what is happening in Asia. An area where more than 85% of Australian wool is sold to. From China, to Japan, Korea, and India to some surprising places where wool is making inroads.

We hear from AWI’s Eastern Hemisphere General Manager John Roberts and AWI’s Country Manager in Japan Samuel Cockedey.

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The Science of Wool The Science of Wool

The Science of Wool

- Episode 130 - June 12, 2020

How do you demonstrate to a global audience, that wool is good for human skin and for the environment? Through credible scientific evidence; that is, wool fibre science.

Hear from AWI’s Angus Ireland on how new market opportunities are opening and how the hurdles for wool are being addressed through scientific research of the wool fibre.

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Gaining genetic ground with an MLP milestone Gaining genetic ground with an MLP milestone

Gaining genetic ground with an MLP milestone

- Episode 129 - June 4, 2020

The Merino Lifetime Productivity (MLP) Project has reached its halfway mark, so what does that mean for the commercial and stud breeders of Australia’s wool industry?

Plus, the crucial role that sire evaluation and link sires play in the marathon MLP Project, is explained by Ben Swain of the Australian Merino Sire Evaluation Association (AMSEA).

 

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What’s the supply, and what’s the demand? What’s the supply, and what’s the demand?

What’s the supply, and what’s the demand?

- Episode 128 - May 22, 2020

Months after a nation-wide lockdown, Italy is easing restrictions. But are the Italian wool mills running and is there consumer demand for wool in Europe? Italy Country Manager for Woolmark, Francesco Magri, explains.  

Additionally, we speak to Russell Pattinson about the Australian Wool Production Forecasting Committee’s latest forecast of shorn wool production.

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The need for green feed The need for green feed

The need for green feed

- Episode 127 - May 15, 2020

After years of drought, putting stock back onto precious green feed after drought/containment has many potentially expensive pitfalls.

Hear Dr Jillian Kelly speak about the do’s and dont’s of this crucial exercise.

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Smart solar tags: real time monitoring of sheep Smart solar tags: real time monitoring of sheep

Smart solar tags: real time monitoring of sheep

- Episode 126 - May 8, 2020

On farm trials of new solar ear tags are delivering enormous amounts of data to build systems to monitor and manage sheep like never before. This ground-breaking research is opening up new areas of knowledge for sheep and flock behaviour.

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Ian McLachlan: wool industry elder Ian McLachlan: wool industry elder

Ian McLachlan: wool industry elder

- Episode 125 - May 1, 2020

From developing the outback to leading the wool industry and agriculture through some of its most difficult days.

Ian McLachlan AO was at the forefront of wool for many years but has never seen the future look so bright. Hear why.

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A Plan for Predators A Plan for Predators

A Plan for Predators

- Episode 124 - April 23, 2020

Wild dogs are relentless; they decimate livestock, destroy wildlife, damage regional economies and spread diseases. How do you manage this problem? With a plan, a National Wild Dog Action Plan (NWDAP).

Hear from industry about what the NWDAP is, why it evolved, and how it helps restore communities, livestock and native animal populations across Australia.

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Shearing in isolation Shearing in isolation

Shearing in isolation

- Episode 123 - April 17, 2020

Hear how shearing teams around Australia are managing and coping through COVID-19 restrictions.
The restrictions and loss of overseas workers is actually opening up important opportunities.

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Future-proofing the Wool Industry Future-proofing the Wool Industry

Future-proofing the Wool Industry

- Episode 122 - April 9, 2020

The wool industry has accumulated decades of skills and knowledge, so how are we passing this information down to the next generation? Two education initiatives, Hay Inc and the Peter Westblade Scholarship, speak to us about how their programs support young people in wool.

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A crucial COVID-19 update from China A crucial COVID-19 update from China

A crucial COVID-19 update from China

- Episode 121 - March 30, 2020

In these very difficult days, we hear the very latest from the largest processor and buyer of Australian wool: China. Lizzie Chen has been importing Australian wool on behalf of large Chinese mills since the 1990s.

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The Marriage of Sheep and Cropping The Marriage of Sheep and Cropping

The Marriage of Sheep and Cropping

- Episode 120 - March 19, 2020

With so much to complement each other how have so many sheep left what was the sheep/wheat zone? Will they come back and how? We head to WA to find out the opportunities and the appetite.

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COVID-19; Challenging the Wool Market COVID-19; Challenging the Wool Market

COVID-19; Challenging the Wool Market

- Episode 119 - March 12, 2020

What will the current and future implications of Coronavirus (COVID-19) be for the Australian wool industry and its consumers? As the outbreak becomes a pandemic, AWI’s CEO Stuart McCullough shares his insight and rates the threat that COVID-19 could present to the wool supply chain.

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Progressing with Flystrike Research Progressing with Flystrike Research

Progressing with Flystrike Research

- Episode 118 - March 5, 2020

Maggot and blowfly samples, fly genome sequencing, trialing vaccines: are all essential parts of AWI’s current flystrike prevention program to research the Australian blowfly and project flystrike control to the next level.

Hear the latest research update into flystrike R&D from AWI’s GM of Research, Dr Jane Littlejohn, to tackle this problem, which has always been and still is a huge detriment to the Australian wool industry.

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Adversity to Opportunity; Controlling Feral Species After Natural Disasters Adversity to Opportunity; Controlling Feral Species After Natural Disasters

Adversity to Opportunity; Controlling Feral Species After Natural Disasters

- Episode 117 - February 20, 2020

How do feral species respond to bushfire and drought, and can we use these dire circumstances to our advantage in controlling feral populations?

Whether you’ve got wild dogs, foxes, goats, cats, rabbits, pigs or others, hear from NSW Department of Primary Industries’ Peter Fleming about practical control measures and research programs occurring to reduce ferals’ impact on your livestock enterprise.

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Fire Recovery: Let’s Start Again Fire Recovery: Let’s Start Again

Fire Recovery: Let’s Start Again

- Episode 116 - February 13, 2020

Where and how do you start again after a bushfire? We head to the famous woolgrowing region of Kangaroo island where the scars are still raw but the spirit is still high. This young and motivated wool community is ready to start rebuilding after a horror summer despite one massive hindrance: the sea.

Hear how KI is approaching a massive rebuild and why it will all be worthwhile.

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Coronavirus and the Australian wool trade Coronavirus and the Australian wool trade

Coronavirus and the Australian wool trade

- Episode 115 - February 3, 2020

What does coronavirus mean for the Australian wool trade? Hear straight from the horse's mouth as China-based wool agent Lizzy Shen shares her insights on how the coronavirus might affect wool manufacturing in China. And from Australia, John Roberts, AWI General Manager - Eastern Hemisphere, discusses his experience living in China during the SARS outbreak in 2003.

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The Positives of Drought The Positives of Drought

The Positives of Drought

- Episode 114 - January 23, 2020

Precision feeding in and out of containment, knowledge of pitfalls and shortcuts: this monster drought has taught many lessons.

Hear from the experts about sourcing feed and not losing stock when the drought finally ends; given the old saying that more stock are lost after a drought than during it.

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Bushfires: Emergency Livestock Safety and Recovery Bushfires: Emergency Livestock Safety and Recovery

Bushfires: Emergency Livestock Safety and Recovery

- Episode 113 - January 8, 2020

Catastrophic fire conditions across the nation have put emergency livestock management into sharp focus. Qualified veterinarian and AWI General Manager of Research, Dr Jane Littlejohn, offers immediate advice to those who have been affected.

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The Dawn of Australian Wool; the Origins of the First Fabric The Dawn of Australian Wool; the Origins of the First Fabric

The Dawn of Australian Wool; the Origins of the First Fabric

- Episode 112 - December 23, 2019

Despite how it may feel, the Australian wool industry hasn’t existed since the dawn of time. The first fleet, the first sheep, the first cloth… But who created the first cloth? Join us as we speak to the first textile company ever to use Australian wool.

And with the digital age well underway, education resources are rapidly transitioning online. Learn about a wool education initiative that keeps up with this global trend to digitally inform a growing audience on the benefits of wool.

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AWI CEO on 2019 and hope for 2020 AWI CEO on 2019 and hope for 2020

AWI CEO on 2019 and hope for 2020

- Episode 111 - December 16, 2019

Hear what Australian Wool Innovation Chief Executive Officer Stuart McCullough has to say about 2019 and what to look forward to in 2020. International demand for wool, key projects at AWI, assisting woolgrowers through and hopefully out of drought.

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Shearing and Wool Handling; a profession, a sport or both? Shearing and Wool Handling; a profession, a sport or both?

Shearing and Wool Handling; a profession, a sport or both?

- Episode 110 - December 9, 2019

Australia's best-of-the-best shearers and woolhandlers from across the country migrate to Dubbo to represent their home states at the National Shearing and Wool Handling Championships of 2019.

We speak to trainers and competitors on the ground about their commitment to producing world-class wool harvesting standards and the prospects of recognising shearing as a sport in Australia.

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Young guns fire for wool Young guns fire for wool

Young guns fire for wool

- Episode 109 - December 2, 2019

With a massive reduction in the national flock, how do we make the Merino great again? Anthony Close, a 2019 Nuffield Farming Scholar, has travelled the world to investigate how we can reboot the flock.

Get married in your own Merino wool suit; a dream of woolgrower, Floyd Legge. And despite massive time barriers, he did it!

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Australian wool and the USA Australian wool and the USA

Australian wool and the USA

- Episode 108 - November 18, 2019

We host and hear from one of the largest garment retailers from the world’s largest economy.

After seeing the industry first-hand, what are the future opportunities for Australian wool in the great US of A?

 

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Studying Shearing Muscle and Rangeland Management Studying Shearing Muscle and Rangeland Management

Studying Shearing Muscle and Rangeland Management

- Episode 107 - November 4, 2019

It’s the hardest job known: shearing. Hear about a new project that uses biometrics to support shearers better. We also meet the latest AWI Nuffield Scholar, Tom Hooke, who is studying rotational grazing in the rangelands.

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The Chairman’s Address The Chairman’s Address

The Chairman’s Address

- Episode 106 - October 21, 2019

With a connection to the land and an extensive career in retail and the establishment of the Australian fashion industry, the AWI Chairman, Colette Garnsey is a jack of all trades. Making her debut on The Yarn, Colette shares with us her journey from farm to fashion, how she came to be on the AWI Board and most importantly, her priorities for AWI as Chairman.

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Gucci and Versace: why these iconic brands choose wool Gucci and Versace: why these iconic brands choose wool

Gucci and Versace: why these iconic brands choose wool

- Episode 105 - October 14, 2019

Taking senior managers from some of the most respected brands in the world to where wool is grown with care and passion, how it is tested and sold is one of the roles of Australian Wool Innovation/The Woolmark Company.

Hear what these highly influential brands have to say about our industry; the people, animals and landscape behind the best natural fibre in the world.

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2019 Nanjing Wool Market ‘Conference of Confusion’ 2019 Nanjing Wool Market ‘Conference of Confusion’

2019 Nanjing Wool Market ‘Conference of Confusion’

- Episode 104 - September 30, 2019

The recent volatility of the Australian wool market has led to uncertainty about the future conditions of our market. But how is the global wool market being affected? We venture to China for the 2019 Nanjing Wool Market Conference, and hear from wool producing representatives around the world to discuss the current state and future of the wool market globally and in their respective regions.

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New shearing shed designs and wool’s wellness attributes New shearing shed designs and wool’s wellness attributes

New shearing shed designs and wool’s wellness attributes

- Episode 102 - September 16, 2019

Are you thinking about renovating an existing shearing shed or building a new one? Hear about AWI’s project on a new shearing shed design, the process and outcomes of a recent project.

With over 20% of children born to western lifestyles suffering from eczema, AWI is working hard to push wool’s wellness attributes to break into the skin health market

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Making sheep easier Making sheep easier

Making sheep easier

- Episode 101 - September 9, 2019

Uncertain seasons, new technology, new opportunities. There is no doubting the bright future for the sheep and wool industries, but how can it all be made easier?

Hear how farmers Chris Patmore and Zac Roberts make their enterprises more time and effort – efficient and the advice pasture expert Phil Barrett-Lennard has for those planning an easier system.

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The Yarn - Episode 100 The Yarn - Episode 100

The Yarn - Episode 100

- Episode 100 - September 3, 2019

As we celebrate 100 episodes of The Yarn, we introduce you to what is largely an Australian wool manufacturing secret: ABMT textiles.

Julian Collins of ABMT gives an insight into the wool market nosedive but offers hope as well.

And we head to Vietnam to hear how wool is reducing its reliance on China and continually finding new markets.

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Winning with wool dedication Winning with wool dedication

Winning with wool dedication

- Episode 99 - August 27, 2019

Meet Stephen Glen, the latest winner of the Australian Fleece Competition and hear what it takes to grow a Grand Champion fleece: hint: not easy.

Also, Merineo is a brand-new baby range for newborns, it has taken a long time to break into this valuable market, how has Claire Hausler done it?

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An ugly wool market restart: why? An ugly wool market restart: why?

An ugly wool market restart: why?

- Episode 98 - August 10, 2019

After a 3-week break, Australian wool auctions have returned with heavy losses for various reasons.

Hear from an insider: Scott Carmody talks through the exact reasons why the wool market has dropped so heavily a year after record highs.

On a positive note, we also hear from a very upbeat and innovative Australian Woolmark licensee who has a great view of the future for wool.

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A fashion journalist’s love for wool A fashion journalist’s love for wool

A fashion journalist’s love for wool

- Episode 97 - August 3, 2019

Colin McDowell is one of the world’s top fashion commentators. Having been a journalist for over 20 years, he has at one time or another written for every quality newspaper and magazine in Britain. Join Ellie and Colin in Wales as they talk about wool's past, present and future and Colin's work as a mentor and judge for the International Woolmark Prize.

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Magnificent Maidens: lambing ewes at 12 months Magnificent Maidens: lambing ewes at 12 months

Magnificent Maidens: lambing ewes at 12 months

- Episode 96 - July 27, 2019

Merino ewes can successfully lamb at 12 months of age, but it takes commitment and confidence. Hear the research behind the potential from James Whale, Meridian Ag who studied exactly this.

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Persistent pastures and plugging feed gaps Persistent pastures and plugging feed gaps

Persistent pastures and plugging feed gaps

- Episode 95 - July 23, 2019

More resilient, more flexible, more productive:
Hear from the 2019 Southern Australia Grassland Society conference as Australia’s farmers look for better pastures for an uncertain future.

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Smart Tags and WoolQ: the future of wool Smart Tags and WoolQ: the future of wool

Smart Tags and WoolQ: the future of wool

- Episode 94 - July 16, 2019

Real time monitoring of stock is unlocking many sheep secrets but using powerful computer learning, could we identify stock by facial recognition also?
WoolQ brings woolgrower closer to the consumer, hear the latest on this exciting new platform for wool.

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The 100% solar-powered woolshed The 100% solar-powered woolshed

The 100% solar-powered woolshed

- Episode 93 - July 6, 2019

What does it take and what does it cost to create a woolshed that is 100% off the grid?
The savings, the innovations, the opportunities and the future.
Hear it all from Peter and Jane Waters who have done it with their 4-stand, 2-press operation.

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Wool around the world Wool around the world

Wool around the world

- Episode 92 - June 29, 2019

Woolmark’s Jeff Ma in downtown Shanghai explains China’s love for wool.
Travel to the Yorkshire mills in the UK and hear how innovation with Australian wool has kept new fabrics evolving after 200 years.
In Australia though, continuing drought is keeping supply of wool low, while feed and finance are tight for many who actually grow the fibre.

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Risky business Risky business

Risky business

- Episode 91 - June 22, 2019

Managing risk and the associated rewards makes Australian farming one of the hardest jobs of all. However, there is a form guide and tools to significantly help manage risk and in turn, help business and ultimately your own well-being.
Cam Nicholson from Nicon Consulting has some key points to share.

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50 years of service to the West Australian agricultural industry 50 years of service to the West Australian agricultural industry

50 years of service to the West Australian agricultural industry

- Episode 90 - June 18, 2019

From 10-pound pom to OAM, Bob Hall talks of the changes through 50 years as a sheep consultant and why the future looks so bright for sheep and wool.

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Educating the future of wool; the NMC Educating the future of wool; the NMC

Educating the future of wool; the NMC

- Episode 89 - June 14, 2019

160 students from right across Australia attended the National Merino Challenge (NMC) to learn about wool and sheep.
What do secondary and tertiary students learn and how does this provide a career pathway into the great Australian wool industry?
Hear from those who have made the NMC the great educational success story it is today.

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Secrets of a Kelpie Master Secrets of a Kelpie Master

Secrets of a Kelpie Master

- Episode 88 - June 1, 2019

Ian O’Connell has over 50 years working and training working dogs.
Hear what it takes to work better with your best mates.

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Supply, Demand and Asia: where wool dragons drive demand Supply, Demand and Asia: where wool dragons drive demand

Supply, Demand and Asia: where wool dragons drive demand

- Episode 87 - May 25, 2019

China, Japan, Korea and India are giants when it comes to the processing and consumption of Australian wool but with the global economy slowing down, how is wool positioned to stay at high demand levels? Hear from Woolmark’s John Roberts, GM Eastern Hemisphere about the initiatives across Asia and also trade analyst Scott Carmody about the sentiment of the raw wool auction rooms.

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Merino Lifetime Productivity (MLP) Project Update Merino Lifetime Productivity (MLP) Project Update

Merino Lifetime Productivity (MLP) Project Update

- Episode 86 - May 22, 2019

Four years into the ten-year long MLP Project, the industry experts from the MLP Industry Steering Committee share the successes of the project so far and the outcomes the industry hopes to see in the future.

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Regenerative agriculture: fad or the future? Regenerative agriculture: fad or the future?

Regenerative agriculture: fad or the future?

- Episode 85 - May 11, 2019

Woolgrower, historian and author of "Call of the Reed Warbler”, Charles Massy is now an advocate, hear why.

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We Wool Win at the Boston Marathon We Wool Win at the Boston Marathon

We Wool Win at the Boston Marathon

- Episode 84 - May 4, 2019

Merino wool competes in the world's oldest annual marathon alongside a growing international community of athletes.

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Rebuilding a giant: the Qld wool industry Rebuilding a giant: the Qld wool industry

Rebuilding a giant: the Qld wool industry

- Episode 83 - April 19, 2019

Once a mainstay of the Queensland economy, the wool and sheep industry has shrunk to a shadow of its former self thanks in part to prices, drought and wild dogs over many years. But a quiet rebuild is in underway with a massive commitment to exclusion fencing and flock restructure, farmers are keen to return to sheep when the rains also return.

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How to plan and execute practical change How to plan and execute practical change

How to plan and execute practical change

- Episode 82 - April 6, 2019

Dr. Jason Trompf has a lifetime of experience as a researcher, consultant, facilitator and head of AWI's Victorian extension network, Best Wool, Best Lamb. AWI's Marius Cuming speaks to Jason about the four key pillars of practical change and the integration of education into farming communities. Jason also practices what he preaches, running around 3,000 meat composite ewes in the North East of Victoria.

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Merino Management Merino Management

Merino Management

- Episode 81 - April 2, 2019

Capping off our Western Australian series, we head to Cranmore farming to discuss the benefits of Merinos in a mixed farming operation. We also talk to AWI’s WA wild dog coordinator Meja Aldrich, about the management and control of wild dogs in sheep producing areas.

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Lessons in and out of the shearing shed Lessons in and out of the shearing shed

Lessons in and out of the shearing shed

- Episode 80 - March 23, 2019

Shearing technique, shearing shed design and building, shearer training; it’s all in Don Boyle’s repertoire. Hear how one man went from a handpiece at 15 to over 20,000 sheep in one lifetime.

Having spent so long in sheds, he now designs and builds woolsheds with sheep, woolhandlers and shearers in mind. Hear what works for all.

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The Live Sheep Trade The Live Sheep Trade

The Live Sheep Trade

- Episode 79 - March 16, 2019

The Sheep Collective has been formed to tell the stories of the people, sheep and landscape behind the live sheep trade. Can it continue and how? Hear Dr Holly Ludeman explain.

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Why have sheep in a cropping system? Why have sheep in a cropping system?

Why have sheep in a cropping system?

- Episode 78 - March 9, 2019

We head to Western Australia to hear how mixed farmers in the wheatbelt have improved their overall sheep/cropping enterprise by adopting electronic tagging and the AWI/RIST Lifetime Ewe Management course.

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The Road to Balranald The Road to Balranald

The Road to Balranald

- Episode 77 - March 2, 2019

Head to far south west NSW and hear some of the epic stories of the Australian wool industry. Wool still plays a significant role for the farming families in this part of the world where horizons are broad, rains are rare but people are warm and welcoming despite facing some unique challenges.

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Droughts, floods but optimism in QLD Droughts, floods but optimism in QLD

Droughts, floods but optimism in QLD

- Episode 76 - February 23, 2019

Queensland farmers have been through a lot. From scorching droughts to the recent flooding and the persistent attacks from wild dogs, the elements have thrown everything at Queensland’s rural communities. But at the recent Australian Wool Network conference held in Longreach, the optimism of the Queensland woolgrowers shone through.

Ella Edwards and Anna Buckley from The Woolmark Company – AWI’s marketing arm – were invited to speak at the conference and interviewed woolgrower Peter Clark and AWN representative Greg Hunt about the conditions in Queensland and the attitude surrounding the wool industry.

From exclusion fencing to classing sheep, Peter and Greg give insight into Queensland’s wool industry and what the future holds for Queensland woolgrowers.

Thank you to AWN for inviting AWI to present at the conference and to the woolgrowers and staff for their hospitality.

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Fashion Secrets Explained Fashion Secrets Explained

Fashion Secrets Explained

- Episode 75 - February 16, 2019

How long does it take from sheep to shop? Who makes the decisions about what wool design and colour is ultimately seen at retail?

In this episode learn some of the ins and outs of the complicated, wonderful world of fashion and the Woolmark’s company’s key role involved throughout.

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Craig Wilson’s career as a Merino consultant Craig Wilson’s career as a Merino consultant

Craig Wilson’s career as a Merino consultant

- Episode 74 - February 9, 2019

Merino consultant Craig Wilson discusses the Peter Westblade scholarship and the great opportunities around Merino into the future. Also, hear from Beyond the Bale editor Richard Smith about his favourite stories and how to get your stories in Australia’s most read wool magazine.

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Wool market update: Jan 2019 Wool market update: Jan 2019

Wool market update: Jan 2019

- Episode 73 - January 22, 2019

The wool market has started the year with strong demand followed by consolidation.

Given the ongoing drought, supply and what retail sales are doing in the key northern hemisphere winter, what can we expect this year for the wool market?

Hear from AWI trade consultant Scott Carmody and AWI graduate Ben Madgwick.

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Flock to Baggy Green Flock to Baggy Green

Flock to Baggy Green

- Episode 72 - December 18, 2018

450 donors have grown the next 100 years of baggy greens for the Australian cricket team.

Gideon Haigh, the country’s best cricket writer, discusses his book celebrating this historic project. We also meet Stephen Field, a cricket-mad woolgrower who explains why he loves the the game and the fibre.