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Beyond the Bale : March 2011
24 24 selling more wool September 2010 Beyond the Bale March 2011 Beyond the Bale 24 on-farm fast facts l Young WA woolgrower Bindi Murray says resources are available to help young woolgrowers improve on-farm productivity and profits. l Extension networks, such as The Sheep’s Back in WA, provide opportunities for woolgrowers to learn about best practice options from others in the industry. l The Making More From Sheep program provides a best practice package of information, tools and learning opportunities for Australian sheep producers. worked for the Pastoralist and Graziers Association of wA on policy initiatives. She then moved on to the Department of Agriculture and Food western Australia researching sheep genetics. By 2007, Bindi felt the time was right for her to return to the family farm ‘ kunmallup’ near woodanilling in the Great Southern agricultural region of south west western Australia, to follow in the footsteps of her parents and her grandparents. Bindi manages the sheep enterprise within the family’s mixed farming business. The family have always run sheep; in recent years their focus has been 50 per cent livestock and 50 per cent cropping. They run a self replacing Merino flock of around 16,000 head, with 6000 ewes mated to Merino rams and 1400 to terminal sires each year. Bindi admits she has been lucky to be able to return to the farm, without some of the difficult succession issues that can come with young people returning to the family business. “Succession planning has always been Bindi Murray is a young mother and a passionate woolgrower who is keen to encourage more young people into the wool industry and to have a say in its future direction. After graduating with a degree in Animal Science from the university of western Australia in 2004, Bindi happening in the background in our family – we are always working together and try to maintain open communication to maintain these relationships,” B indi says. “ It also helps that the whole family contributes to the direction of the business, with everyone encouraged to come up with ideas and present them to everyone else. “ Business profitability is the key to business success, but when you’re working in a family business, family and family relationships are also very important.” industry potential like an increasing number of other young producers, Bindi recognises that Merinos are not only a reliable source of income, spreading the risk in a farming business, but are also a very lucrative source of income as global consumers are attracted back to the natural qualities of the fibre. “ I think wool is a great product and it has so much potential, with consumers now looking for renewable and more environmentally sustainable products,” Bindi says. Young producer’s passion for wool young wa woolgrower bindi murray: “i think wool is a great product and it has so much potential.”