Wool growers urged to vote in WoolPoll

WOOL growers are being encouraged to make the most of the opportunity to have a say in WoolPoll 2012 before the vote closes on Friday.

The WoolPoll Panel - made up of representatives of organisations from across industry as well as the
Australian Government and AWI - has issued a final plea to growers to vote for the future of their

The WoolPoll Panel oversees the vote that will determine what percentage of growers' wool income
goes to Australian Wool Innovation ‐ the nation's wool research, development and marketing

Western Australian woolgrower, Wayne Duffield,  who represents the Pastoralist and Graziers
Association on the WoolPoll 2012 panel says woolgrowers who don't vote are denying themselves
the opportunity to have an impact and cannot complain about it afterwards.

"You might vote and the result may not be what you want, but at least you can sleep easy and say 'I
tried', Mr Duffield said.

"On a $125,000 wool clip, at the current rate of 2%, that's $2500. If I was looking at my
business costs, I would be wanting a say in whether or not that was a fair levy amount to pay."

South Australian Merino producer Tom Ashby, who represents the Australian Association of Stud
Merino Breeders on the panel, says whether mainstream wool growing, or breeding prime lambs as
a core business, it makes no difference.

"We are all part of the industry. The benefits from investment will contribute to lower cost
production, education and new markets. Without a peak body continually working to reduce costs,
increase skills and expand markets, the industry would not be where it is today," Mr Ashby said.

Eligible growers have until 5pm November 2 to cast their vote on the wool levy that will fund
AWI activities over the next three years.

All Australian woolgrowers who have paid wool levies totalling $100 in the past three financial years
are eligible to vote and have been sent Voter Information Kits.

They can vote online here or by filling out the form they have been sent and
faxing or mailing it back by 5pm Friday, November 2.

For more information vist here.

Topics:  commodities sheep wool

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