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Saving the planet from desertification

Tuesday, 29 April 2014  IWTO Conference in South Africa Tear up rule book, Savory tells wool sector (Headline from EcoTextile News)    Alan Savory Capetown – April 29, 2014 Only properly managed livestock will save the planet from the devastating effects of desertification – that was the message of keynote speaker, Allan Savory, on day two of this year’s IWTO wool textile event in South Africa. “The importance of this issue to your industry is just mind-boggling,” Savory told a wool industry audience which appeared alarmed and intrigued in equal measure by the renowned environmentalist’s unusually frank address. Brett Mathews reports from South Africa. Editor: We will attempt to get full details of the presentation for later publication. About Allan Savory  from the  IWTO web site […]

May 1st, 2014|Supply and Production Issues, Sustainability|Comments Off on Saving the planet from desertification

Wool’s carbon Audit

Rural Press | Stock Journal | January 3, 2012 ON-FARM data collection of carbon stocks on woolgrowing properties will unlock productivity gains and help inform ways that growers can be recognised for storing carbon. Research by Australian Wool Innovation is collecting data as part of a carbon audit of two major Merino production systems – [...]

Click go the sneers in trans-Tasman wool row

The Australian  Adam Shand  January,5, 2013 NEW Zealand farmers are pulling the wool over the eyes of consumers, claiming Australian fibre as their own as the trans-Tasman rivals battle it out for international market share. And the gloves are off between Australian and New Zealand wool growers as Australian Wool Innovation launches a $53 million [...]

January 5th, 2013|General interest, Supply and Production Issues|0 Comments

Values key to agriculture’s social licence

Stock Journal | BY DEANNA LUSH | 16 Jul, 2012 LIVESTOCK farmers are being urged to reclaim the moral high ground in the animal welfare debate by understanding that values – not science – drive the public’s perception of agricultural practices. United States Center for Food Integrity chief executive Charlie Arnot said values were the foundation for building trust and questions for agriculture were ethically-based testing farmers’ values such as compassion, responsibility, respect, fairness and truth.  But he said the industry had responded to public concern with claims motivated by science and knowledge, which did not address ethical questions. Speaking at the recent LambEx 2012 conference in Bendigo, he said the old model of attacking industry critics and relying solely on science in the argument would not protect farmers’ freedom to operate, called their “social licence”. “We have to give customers, policy-makers, community leaders and consumers permission to believe that contemporary animal agriculture is consistent with their values and expectations,” he said. […]

Musesing Declaration ‘innocent’ mistake

Rural Press  BY TERRY SIM |18 Oct, 2011 03:30 AM A TREND among Australian woolgrowers of incorrectly declaring their sheep as not mulesed was “innocent”, according to AWEX quality and technical manager Dr Kerry Hansford. On-farm inspections by AWEX between September last year and June 2011 found that 15 per cent of declarations of non-mulesed [...]

October 18th, 2011|Mulesing, Supply and Production Issues|0 Comments

Anything to Declare

  Supply Chain Transparency February/March Issue www.ecotextile.com   Transparency in the Australian wool industry is essential if the global wool sector's 'green' credentials are going to stack up with consumers. The public relations perspective frequently given by the Australian Merino wool industry is one of a natural, environmentally friendly and sustainable fibre that is more [...]