‘Woolification’ trip for Kangaroo Island growers

More than forty woolgrowers travelled to Melbourne with a team of pink shirts last month for a four day ‘Woolification’ tour.

The tour kicked off with presentations from Bayer about animal health, followed by a passionate talk on current trends in the wool industry from Samantha Wan, Elders’ National Wool Selling Centre technical coordinator. Samantha has recently established a platform for Kangaroo Island and other remote wool growers to watch their wool being sold live on the auction room floor though video capability.

The Woolification tour visited the wool stores to inspect the show floor, core testing and grab sampling. Tianyu wool buyer, Paul Mahon held a Q&A session which gave growers insight into what the trade is looking for and how the buyers see the future of wool and the open cry auction process.

Growers were able to see the wool auction in action. The speed and method of sale surprised many growers as the majority had not seen what happens to their wool once it leaves the farm gate. Three of the growers had wool selling on the day and were able to go into the auction room to experience the action.

The Australian Wool Testing Authority was another stop on the Woolification tour. The group was thoroughly impressed with the process of testing their wool for sale. Micron, yield, length and strength were among the tests demonstrated. Other tests such as a colour was explained but is rarely used.

With farm safety a hot topic at the moment, Heiniger’s Darren McEvoy gave an update on safety in the shearing sheds.

The tour finished with Friday night footy at the MCG. Although it wasn’t a win for the Crows and their SA supporters, Tony Modra dropped in for a chat with the Woolification tour group.

Elders Kingscote Branch Manager, Marty Kay organised the tour and said it was a huge success.

“Growers from Kangaroo Island, the Mid-North and Mallee were able to get away from the farm and it gave people an opportunity to mix across different regions and compare ideas.

“Everyone came away from the week with some learnings and some inspiration to improve their operations to maximise their wool returns,” Marty said.

 

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