WoolPoll balance questioned

27 Mar, 2009 01:00 AM

AS the WoolPoll panel sets about deciding upon levy rates, industry members have raised concerns about an over representation of stud Merino breeders on the panel.

Some have suggested this is an unfair balance of power and may affect the outcome of the WoolPoll.

Led by chairman and Stud Merino Breeders Association president Will Roberts, the other panel members are Wool Produ-cers Australia president Don Hamblin, NSW, Australian Su-perfine Wool Growers Association vice president Helen Cathles, NSW, Australian Wool Growers Association represen-tative Chris Komor, NSW, AgForce Queensland sheep and wool president Brent Finlay, Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders vice president Tom Ashby and Victorian Stud Merino Breeders president Jock McRae.

WAFarmers wool section president Max Watts is represen-ting WA on the panel with Agriculture Department represen-tative Allen Grant.

The 10th panel member is also a stud Merino breeder, AWI board member George Falkiner.

Incoming WAFarmers wool section president Kim Henderson said there were too many stud breeders on the panel.

"Although in saying that, it is not a job everyone has put their hand up for," Mr Henderson said.

"It will be a very tough job and we can't criticise them because it is their livelihood too."

Mr Henderson said he was glad Mr Watts had been appoin-ted.


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