WoolProducers Australia Nominees for Independent Director Election
A woolgrower for 29 years, I have a commercially viable flock and a Merino Stud in Gippsland, Victoria. I am a VFF Livestock Councilor and woolclasser.
I have been an independent director of WPA for two terms and have served under three presidents. The current committee has the strongest motivation to improve profitability for all woolgrowers.
I see it as vital that the wool industry improves profitability and lifts the merino ewe base. This will help woolgrowers and production of the prime lamb industry. I see WoolProducers, in consultation with AWI, as an avenue to stimulate ideas in marketing and research and help with direction to assist the industry grow and prosper.
I have been an independently elected Director since 2005 and my main duties as a Director of Wool Producers Australia have been involved with the Sheep Johne's Program and recently with Federation of Australian Wool Organisation (F.A.W.O.) as the WPA representative.
As a representative for WPA I have been involved in discussions with Animal Health Australia on many issues that arise that effects farms and farm production of livestock, such as the still ongoing discussions about OJD and BJD.
My focus is to keep it beneficial, practical and user friendly to assist those who have the responsibility of managing and caring for farm animals and managing the bio-security on all farms.
I have a lot of practical experience within the wool industry that I could bring to WoolProducers Board and I have a driving passion to improve the wool industry for the future.
I began managing the family sheep farm in Franklin, WA in 1989 where I became a shearer for 13 year and also began my career as a livestock contractor which I have continued into NSW, moving in 2011 where I currently own a sheep property on the Monaro.
I have been a member of the Livestock Contractor Association since 2004 which I am the current President.