Awards cel­e­brate ex­cel­lent wool year

Great Southern Herald - - News - Bob Gar­nant

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.

Pic­ture: Bob Gar­nant

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.

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