Have your say on important questions of livestock
There are two very important annual general meetings coming up later this month, which WAFarmers urges livestock producers to have their say on.
The AWI board election and annual meeting is on Friday, November 17.
Five candidates will contest three vacant positions on the AWI board, with three incumbent directors standing for re-election: Colette Garnsey, Paul Cocking and James Morgan.
Don MacDonald and Will Wilson will also nominate for the positions.
Despite there being no WA candidates, the WAFarmers Livestock Council encourages wool growers to consider casting their vote for Don MacDonald or Paul Cocking, or directing their proxies to Don MacDonald.
The AWI voting ballot is not a simple for-or-against system, and growers will be asked to vote on whether to change the number of board directors.
You can vote for the candidate you want, vote against those you do not want, or you can abstain from voting for a candidate entirely.
Additionally, because of the uncertainty of the size of the board, shareholders will be asked to vote twice for the same nominees.
WAFarmers strongly advises against abstaining from voting because it is your only chance to influence the direction of AWI into the future.
Regarding proxy votes, the AWI constitution does not require a proxy to follow the shareholder’s voting instructions, so voters are encouraged to submit their own votes wherever possible rather than use proxies.
If shareholders have already sent in a nomination — either online or by post — and wish to change their vote, they can do this by voting again online which will override any previous votes they have submitted.
Growers are implored not to be complacent and to get their votes in by the November 15 deadline.
For more information, contact Steve McGuire, WAFarmers livestock section vice-president, on 0428 336 232; Max Watts, WAFarmers livestock section executive member on 0428 841 069; or Kim Haywood, WAFarmers livestock executive officer, on 0475 944 319.
The other meeting of note is the MLA annual meeting on Wednesday, November 22. The 2017 MLA Red Meat Industry Forum and annual general meeting will take place in Alice Springs
All livestock producers are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the candidates and make an informed decision based on their judgments.
Votes can be submitted in multiple ways:
Through the MLA website. Using the paperwork supplied as part of the AGM pack which was sent to members in October; or.
By submitting a proxy vote. Should members be unable to attend the annual meeting or submit their vote online or use the levies pack paperwork, they are encouraged to send their proxy votes (with voting instructions) to WAFarmers livestock section president David Slade, who will attend the event in Alice Springs.
For more information on how to vote by proxy, follow the instructions on the voting entitlement and proxy form that was included in the annual general meeting pack.