Elders, Rex Bennett, pink shirt

Rex wins national wool broker of the year

Elders Wangaratta district wool manager Rex Bennett has won the 2014 National Council of Wool Selling Brokers of Australia (NCWSBA) wool broker of the year award at Wool Week in Melbourne.

Mr Bennett was recognised at a national level for his excellence and innovation in service to woolgrowers, and his willingness to involve himself in all aspects of the brokering business.

Mr Bennett said it was an honour to be recognised at a national level, particularly for the work he’s doing with clients in the Wangaratta, Yarrawonga, Euroa and Albury regions.

“The wool broker awards are a great industry initiative and promote excellence in wool services amongst young or emerging brokers,” Mr Bennett said.

“I enjoy working alongside my clients and assisting in areas such as sheep classing and ram selection as well as helping them to make better use of industry tools such as Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs), Bred Well Fed Well workshops and Life Time Ewe Management courses.”

For more than seven years Mr Bennett has also been involved with the Ovens Valley Wether trial, and in this time has made significant improvements including new systems, processes and communication of results.

“The aim is to demonstrate the importance of key production characteristics that influence wool growers’ productivity and ultimately their profitability per hectare,” he said.

Elders manager of wool selling centres Simon Hogan said Rex was a deserving winner of the award, who demonstrates exceptional professionalism in all areas of his work.

“Over the last nine years I have seen Rex develop into an outstanding member of Elders’ national wool team, starting as a trainee wool technical officer to now, as a leading auctioneer and senior district wool manager,” Mr Hogan said.

“Rex is dedicated to training and developing our new wool staff, and has been recognised for his innovative and practical approach to delivering on-farm wool and sheep training days to more than 35 Elders trainees from across Australia over the past two years,” he said.

“It is vital that we encourage younger people into the industry, and provide important training and experience, and Rex is doing just this.”

All three award finalists, including Elders Broken Hill district wool manager Lachie Sutton were trained at the Elders National Wool Selling Centre under the guidance of Simon Hogan.

As the award winner, Mr Bennett will head to Zhangjigang, China for the 2015 International Wool Textile Organisation Congress in May next year, which includes visits to major mill and processing plants.

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