Field days offering great opportunities to network

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I can’t tell you how good it is to once again be out and about, meeting up with our staff and clients at field days. The recent South East Field Days at Lucindale in South Australia were fantastic and it is great to be able to catch up with everyone.

The Broken Hill Ag Fair and the Pooncarie Field Days were held in May with Bendigo Sheep, Wool Show and Hamilton Sheepvention to be held a bit further down the track. This gives us not only an opportunity to chat with clients but to also update them on what’s been going on.

At these field days and shows, we have a strong presence from New Zealand Merino to elaborate on the opportunities they have available for clients. We also had representatives from AWEX to promote WoolClip, an online internet and mobile app that allows users to create wool specifications, consignments, and national wool declarations.

We held WoolClip training workshops for our staff in Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania in April and May and in NSW in July. This allows our staff to be trained and understand the workings of WoolClip and, in turn, implement this through our client base. There are so many benefits to this technology, including being able to ensure there are no duplicate bale numbers, no bales which are described incorrectly, and that declarations are completed. This will save an immense amount of time right throughout the entire processing line. – Mark Quartermain, National Wool & Livestock Marketing Manager

We held WoolClip training workshops for our staff in Victoria, South Australia, and Tasmania in April and May and in NSW in July. This allows our staff to be trained and understand the workings of WoolClip and, in turn, implement this through our client base.

There are so many benefits to this technology, including being able to ensure there are no duplicate bale numbers, no bales which are described incorrectly, and that declarations are completed. This will save an immense amount of time right throughout the entire processing line.

With the new wool selling season upon us, I can’t overemphasize the need for correct clip preparation. The market is still volatile with the war in Ukraine, which is having a massive impact on shipping, which affects financing for exporters.

It is good to see a substantial discount on tariffs out of India and we will see the benefits of that start to flow through in August – September. India mainly drives the market in the fine to medium fleece wools and we have shifted more wool to India in the past four months than we have in the previous 18 months. There is still support from China, as well as Europe, with increasing demand for woven cloth and next-to-skin garments as people return to work.

Crossbred breeders are able to take advantage of the opportunity to be Responsible Wool Standard (RWS) accredited and benefit from the premiums delivered by this accreditation.

I would like to thank all our staff who have been working hard to do the very best for their clients and I look forward to catching up with you at events throughout the year.

Mark Quartermain
AWN National Wool & Livestock Marketing Manager
0429 466 248

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