FOR only the second time in WAMMCO’s history, a director’s election is looming with Kojonup prime lamb producer Tim Stevenson challenging incumbent director and Esperance producer Mick Quinlivan for a seat on the board.
WAMMCO company secretary Bruce Ede said director’s terms ran for three years and they then had to be re-elected for another three year term.
In the past there had only been one other challenge for a position on the board.
“Mr Quinlivan has put his name forward for renomination so Mr Stevenson gets to challenge his position,” Mr Ede said.
“To challenge for a position on the board challengers must be nominated by five other members of the co-operative.”
Mr Ede said the election was due to take place just before WAMMCO’s annual general meeting on October 31.
“Voting forms will be sent out to members in the last week of September and are due back on Thursday, October 25 with the count to take place on October 26,” he said.
“The announcement on the successful nominee will take place at the AGM.”
The WAMMCO board is made up of three members and three independent directors.
Mr Stevenson has extensive experience in the agricultural sector.
He has previously been employed as the operations co-ordinator for a live export company, managed an artificial breeding company and was the state manager of an international livestock identification company.
He farms in Kojonup and, along with his wife Steph and three children runs a lamb finishing operation, as well as a terminal and maternal ram breeding enterprise and a pregnancy scanning business.
Mr Stevenson said he hoped to bring some new and fresh ideas to the board.
“I have identified WAMMCO as one of the most important partners to our business and the lamb industry in WA and want to be able to contribute to making it more of a success,” Mr Stevenson said.
“For the past two years we have been the largest supplier of lambs to the cooperative - supplying in excess of 11000 lambs each financial year.
“I realise there are a lot of issues for producers in regards to the lamb industry as the lamb industry is the largest factor that drives our business.
“The most important thing for the industry is that WAMMCO continues to be financially viable and successful to provide much needed competition in the market place as well as providing on going support for active members of the cooperative.
“There is a need to increase the support for members and one way of doing this is having available an agronomist and pasture/fodder crop feed production specialists.
“This person would supply obvious benefits to the Cooperative and its members.”