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TAS Country : November 11th 2010
Friday, November 12, 2010 Tasmanian Country 9 News Concern at wool tag absence AUSTRALIA'S $12 million international wool market- ing programs are in full swing, but without an Australian tag. Australian Wool Inno- vation chief executive Stuart McCullough said AWI's three major programs, the Prince Charles-endorsed Cam- paign for Wool, China's Woolmark Gold and the No Finer Feeling, were promoting Woolmark, the natural attributes of Mer- ino wool fibres. But he would not be drawn on whether the absence of branding was associated with mules- ing. Mr McCullough said AWI would be happy to co- operate with any retail or brand partners in promot- ing Australian Merino wool. ''But we are not going to tell retailers how they should be running their marketing campaigns,'' he said. While AWI's investment in the Campaign for Wool had drawn widespread support from many re- tailers in the UK and Euro- pe, sensitivity to the mules- ing issue had forced many major retailers and brands, particularly those in North America, to shun AWI's marketing programs. AWI and the Australian wool industry are cur- rently wrestling with a response to the US re- tailers on what approaches the industry is taking re- garding the phasing out of mulesing. At a meeting in Sydney last week, growers were divided on whether to com- mit to end mulesing or not. Mr McCullough would not be drawn on whether the support of these re- tailers would be critical in maintaining wool prices. ''But we have certainly seen a change in demand in recent years with China's consumers now ac- counting for 50 per cent of Australian wool,'' he said. One AWI budget item set to be slashed is a $449,000 investment in a Woolmark Colour and Trend forecast- ing service for Woolmark licensees. ''We won't be spending that type of money,'' Mr McCullough said. The Weekly Times Stock cop hangs up his akubra CHANGING OF THE GUARD: Constable John Mikulski, left, and the man who is replacing him, Constable Glenn Reading. Picture: JENNIFER CRAWLEY JENNIFER CRAWLEY IT was a day when the country cop took the city cop to the saleyards and showed him the ropes. Tasmania Police Constable John Mikulski was giving his replacement Constable Glenn Reading the heads-up at the Bridgewater saleyards before he finishes work as a stock detective, a job he has held for 14 years. Constable Mikulski will manage the police station in the Southern Midlands town of Kempton, where he will go back to ''grassroots policing''. He has cut a familiar figure on farms across southern Tasmania. With an old akubra hat on his head and armed with nothing more than a pencil and a little notebook, the stock detective has become an expert in the ways of sheep and cattle rustling. ''In the old days they used to knock off the sheep, shear them and put them back on the property,'' Constable Mikulski said. He said farm security had improved markedly over the years and he was particularly proud of the conviction of a cattle thief who was caught using DNA analysis, one of the first cases of its kind in Australia. Constable Mikulski said thieves were smarter these days, they were unkind, they were more likely to be ex-farmhands and they usually stole from within their own industry. ''They have knowledge and ability,'' he said. Constable Mikulski said many targeted four to six sheep out of hundreds about to be loaded on to a livestock truck. He said farmers often did not know the sheep had gone missing until they received an invoice much later. ''I encourage all farmers to report their losses, no matter how small,'' Constable Mikulski said. He said Tasmanian farmers were a special breed of people and were lovable but frustrating. ''If you turn up at 10am they just grunt at you, but if you turn up at 7pm they will feed you and talk your ear off.'' Meanwhile, Constable Reading is getting ready to take on rural offenders, and he reckons finding a stolen sheep is not unlike finding a stolen television. Constable Mikulski said his colleague had very good investigative skills. ''He just needs to learn how to ID the sheep,'' he said. 2029332-101105 TASMANIAN ALKALOIDS Value Adding in Tasmania A nitrogen application followed by rain or irrigation could significantly increase your poppy crop returns The Australian Beef Association extends an invitation to attend a Beef Producer Forum at Steve's Grill Tuesday 16th November 2010 commencing at 1.30pm at 23-27 Elouera Street, Riverside Launceston Speakers include: Brad Bellinger (ABA Chairman) The Industry Structure and why it needs reform. Why imports of Beef from BSE affected countries need to be permanently suspended Athol Economou (ABA Director for Victoria) Overview of the Australian Beef Industry and the International Market Place David Byard (Columnist) Lack of competition in the market place and the advantages of launching a brand Tasmania for state raised beef For further inquiries please contact Sally Black 07 4691 2618 2022053-101112
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