Pasture key to WA wool worries
WA farmers adamant that Australian Wool Innovation should listen to their concerns were invited to speak during a meeting at Wagin.
Headed by AWI research general manager Jane Littlejohn, the session included 20 farmers who brought forward a range of grievances all of which were noted for AWI board review.
Ms Littlejohn was also in WA to attend the LambEx event in which many farmers expressed to her concern over the AWI Federal Government-initiated performance review released in July with 82 recommendations.
In reply, Ms Littlejohn said it was the intention to adhere to all the operational recommendations, but any constitutional change would have to be decided by shareholders.
Ms Littlejohn approached the grower meeting with further intention to bring back an absolute take-home message to the AWI board.
“Tell me so I can present your concerns to the (AWI) board,” she said.
Pasture, pasture, pasture was the interest of several farmers who would like AWI to invest in that space.
Ms Littlejohn said AWI investments were specific for wool only, but she was on-side with grower’s interest to pursue a pasture research undertaking if she could convince AWI funding decisionmakers.
Wagin farmer Andrew Scanlon said he was pleased AWI listened.
“Hopefully our interest doesn’t fall on deaf ears which I am slightly sceptical about,” he said.
Other farmers wished AWI and Meat and Livestock Australia could come to an agreement on Merino Lifetime Productivity data, currently owned by MLP.
AWI program manager, fibre, advocacy and credentials Angus Ireland said eco-footprint labelling for all consumer products would soon be mandatory.
“Wool’s problem is its usage of water,” he said.