Accreditation for Merino producers

30 Jan, 2002 10:00 PM

WA'S Prime Merino Lamb Alliance has scheduled accreditation days for interested producers at Wickepin on Wednesday, February 20, and at Esperance on Thursday, February 21.

Alliance chairman Grantly Mullan said the accreditation would assist Merino lamb producers to capitalize on the new $3 per kilogram guaranteed minimum price being offered for forward contracts between April and August, next year.

"The minimum price guarantee is highly competitive and will enable PMLA members to make use of rain damaged grain to profitably finish their lambs.

"Realistic returns of $60 to $80 per head will be achievable and we will be assisting the processor not only to maintain European markets for high quality lamb, but also to develop new potential in the US."

Speakers at the accreditation days will include animal nutritionist Dr John Milton, group livestock manager for WAMMCO, Peter Krupa and others.

The Wickepin accreditation will be at the Community Centre from 1pm to 5pm with refreshments afterwards.

Mike Curnick of Wesfarmers Landmark will join the speakers to discuss lamb weighing and fat scoring.

Ashgrove Merino stud in Griffiths Road, Esperance will be the venue for the second accreditation on Thursday, February 21 from 9.30am to 3pm.

Further details may be obtained from Grantly Mullan (Wickepin) 9889 0039; Greg Bannon (Esperance) 9071 1549; Eliza Dowling (Agwest) 9887 5095.


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