Awards celebrate excellent wool year
Woolgrowers and wool classers who share a common thread gathered at the annual Elders Supreme Clip of the Sale Awards evening to celebrate an extraordinary year.
Elders WA wool manager Danny Burkett welcomed a big crowd last Friday night, with anticipation of the announcement of the winners from 44 Elders’ wool sales in the 2017-18 season.
“Woolgrowers, this year, were roughly $7/kg better off, or as much as $1000/bale,” he said.
“The awards are given on a point basis and can sometimes be determined by those woolgrowers who have the least amount of overweight bales.”
Agriculture consultant Ashely Herbert said mixed farming was the money maker in WA.
“The question for farmers is what is the best balanced mix of cropping/livestock that makes the most returns,” he said.
Mr Herbert said the challenge for sheep farmers was to “take out the hard yakka”, through technology, which would make more time for management of the flock.
“Farmers should not get dependent on high prices, but during this time, extra income should be used to strengthen their business enterprise,” he said.
“The best way to capitalise on the improved market is to run more sheep.”
Elders awarded a weekly winning woolgrower’s clip and the corresponding classer during the 201718 selling calendar with particulars attributed to wool clip quality and preparation.
Elders WA wool manager Danny Burkett, Goonderabbie wool clip award winning producers Graham and Rebecca Popplewell, and their son Kieran, Sarah Conlin and Elders wool agent Scott McCuish.