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Beyond the Bale : June 2018
PETER MCCRABB WOOLGROWER, BOOROORBAN, NSW Why do you choose to grow wool as part of your enterprise? We grow wool as it is the most profitable enterprise to run on our pastoral country. What do you love about the fibre? Wool is a sustainable natural fibre that has attributes found in no other natural or manmade fibre. What AWI-funded programs have you been involved in? We have participated in a Lifetime Ewe Management (LTEM) course and a hosted a Realising Performance Potential workshop on our farm. I was also sponsored by AWI to complete the Australian Rural Leadership Program. Why did you choose to get involved in these programs? All the AWI-funded programs in which we have been involved have been a huge benefit to our business. “All the AWI-funded programs in which we have been involved have been a huge benefit to our business.” Peter McCrabb, woolgrower How have you benefited from these programs? The greatest benefit from these programs has been individual animal performance, mainly increased reproduction rates due to a better understanding of condition scores and nutritional requirements. Why will you be voting in WoolPoll this year? We will be voting in WoolPoll this year as we are compulsory levy payers and it is an opportunity we have to give some real feedback on how we feel our wool tax is being spent. WoolPoll is your opportunity to directly influence how much funding AWI will receive for the next three years to deliver R&D and marketing services for the Australian wool industry. Why vote? If you have paid $100 or more in wool levies over the past three financial years, you are eligible to vote in WoolPoll. Your voting entitlement is determined from records of your wool sales. You will be notified of your voting entitlement in August. Who can vote? Every three years AWI is required to conduct a poll asking woolgrowers to determine what percentage of their wool income they would like to invest in research, development (R&D) and marketing undertaken by AWI. What is WoolPoll? Your Ballot Paper will be sent to you in September. You can vote online, by mail or via fax – as per the instructions that will be sent with the Ballot Paper. For any questions about the voting process, call the voter assistance line on 1800 990 365. How do I vote? Voting opens on 17 September 2018. The poll closes at 5pm (AEDT) on 2 November 2018. When can I vote? WOOLPOLL IT’S YOUR WOOL, IT’S YOUR LEVY, IT’S YOUR CHOICE Wool is a conscious choice. You choose to grow wool in your enterprise, just as businesses right across the global supply chain, all the way to consumers at the other end, choose wool. Your levy works right across the global supply chain through AWI and its marketing arm, The Woolmark Company, to deliver benefits to you. How much you want to continue to invest in R&D and marketing for the industry is your choice. We asked a woolgrower, a manufacturer and a brand why they choose wool, what they love about it, and how AWI’s R&D and marketing activities have delivered returns for woolgrowers. Here is what they told us, in their own words. Peter with his wife Lisa run a large self-replacing Merino flock at ‘North Bundy’ at Booroorban in the western Riverina district of NSW. IT’S YOUR CHOICE 4 UPFRONT
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