THERE is a new face on the road for the Primaries wool team in the Eastern Wheatbelt area, with Mark Boxall now servicing clients in the region.
Mr Boxall started on the road in the area in July but is no stranger in the Primaries wool team, having completed a two-year training program with company, covering all aspects of the store, as well as cataloguing and valuations of clips for sale.
Primaries wool manager Greg Tilbrook said Mr Boxall would cover the area in the Eastern Wheatbelt he used to cover and would be based out of the company's Bibra Lake store.
"He will cover the Merredin and districts area including Mukinbudin, Kellerberrin, Bruce Rock and Southern Cross," Mr Tilbrook said.
"We have been working on the change over for a while.
"He has been in the car with the members of the wool team since January, meeting clients and getting on farm, which has been part of the learning and succession process.
"Even though Mark now has his own area, the training and support won't stop.
"Going forward he will have the continued support of senior members of the wool team and further training to increase his skillset to better serve our clients."
Even though Mr Boxall will now be on the road servicing clients, he will continue to add to his knowledge with further training in forward marketing, valuations, recording market trends to provide advice to clients and developing individualised client selling programs.
Mr Tilbrook said as a company Primaries was really excited to get another young person into the wool industry.
"We have been very mindful over the past couple of years in terms of getting a good succession plan in place for the wool team given the lack of professionals in the industry in the 35 to 45 age bracket.
"As a result we have been focused on getting young people into the industry and trained up to a successful level so they can take on roles with the company in coming years just like we are doing with Mark now. We believe Mark has all the assets and skills to provide the best service possible to our clients in the Eastern Wheatbelt and will be a productive member of our wool team for many years to come."
Mr Boxall said he was looking forward to getting out on the road and back out in the country and on farms talking to people.
"I think there is a bright future in the wool industry and I am looking forward to being involved in it for a long time," he said.
Prior to starting work at Primaries Mr Boxall grew up on a sheep farm at Kulin and attended the WA College of Agriculture at Narrogin.
After graduating from school he started an animal science degree at Murdoch University but decided the degree wasn't for him and joined Primaries.
As well as working at Primaries he is currently completing a Certificate four in agriculture focusing on livestock enterprise.