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Let's make merino great again

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 25 January 2017

There are times when you just have to stand up; “it’s now or never”. Coaches espouse the need to win the crucial 3rd quarter, the “break” point in a tennis game, or bowl the “dot” ball at a crucial time of a cricket match. “Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances. Sometimes it’s now or never." The playwright Alan Bennet probably wasn’t talking about the wool industry, but he could have been.

Prices are great but the industry is in decline, how do we learn from other industries to save Merino in Australia. How do we make merino great again?

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Topics: Wool industry, Australian wool industry, merino

How to deal with animal activists: A lesson from the egg industry

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 20 April 2016

The egg industry is a good example in how to deal with Animal Activists, and perhaps it can provide some ideas for the Australian wool industry around how to respond to the mulesing debate.

The production of cage eggs and the subject of mulesing have been easy targets for the radical activists, however the end result to each industry is starkly different.

When producers are asked, both industries are adamant that their practices (cages and mulesing) are not only humane, but actually improve the welfare of the bird/sheep.

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Topics: Wool industry, Australian wool industry, animal rights

Where will the wool industry be in 25 years?

Posted by Robert Herrmann on 7 October 2015

Undoubtedly, my career is almost entirely connected one way or the other to the Australian wool industry. However, it’s a sad indictment that, over this time, it has steadily declined in production.

From a peak in the late 1980s of 175 million sheep to the current flock size of 70 million (figure 1), it is hard not to arrive at the conclusion that this decline resembles a disaster for the wool industry. The bottom line is that farmers have ‘voted with their sheep’ to exit wool production and get into the business of growing food – be that grains or meat.

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Topics: Flock size, Australian wool industry