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Beyond the Bale : December 2010
27 selling more wool Young Mer ino disciples “I’m from a mixed farm in the wheatbelt of Western Australia where over the past 10 years has become heavily cropping orientated. With dry seasons and high input costs the real dual purpose animal being the Merino has farmers realising there’s some real money in a good dual purpose Merino!” LuKE LEDWITH, DuNDININ, WA there is a band of younger faces within the Merino industry, breaking the myth the next generation is not enthusiastic about wool production. Here is what just a few had to say when asked about why they have chosen to join the Merino industry: “S how me another animal other than the Merino sheep that can turn grass into such a wonderful fibre and healthy meat proteins across such a vast range of environments. In a genetic sense we are only starting to discover what is possible.” CrAIG WILSON, WAGGA WAGGA, NSW “from a very young age I wanted to be in the Merino business. people in cropping areas are definitely coming around to the Merino because with the right type of animal they certainly sell themselves. With the reliability of a dual income there is a definite swing on back to Merinos, it ’s great.” fELICITY BrADY, STAVELY, VICTOrIA “The Merino provides what every business needs; a stable reliable income. unfortunately cropping has not provided that in recent years.” rOB COuTTS, LAKE BOLAC, VICTOrIA on-farm 27 December 2010 Beyond the Bale