‘Condo’ Quality Wool store boosts support to growers

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Expanding wool broker Quality Wool has increased its support to Condobolin and surrounding area wool growers in New South Wales with a local store service.

The flexible store service offers growers freight savings, an effective local door trade, on-farm wool collections and a range of other selling methods, as well as wool press hire.

Quality Wool has quickly made a strong impression throughout the region following its acquisition of the Western Wool Marketing business earlier this year, including its stores at Parkes, Orange and Wagga Wagga and the local team.

Established as a wool buyer and exporter in Adelaide by founder and Managing Director Mark Dyson just a week before the industry’s Reserve Price Scheme crashed in 1991, Quality Wool is set to celebrate its 25th anniversary as one of the country’s largest, independent, locally-owned and operated brokering companies.

Mr Dyson hails from a Western Australian family steeped in the wool industry and earlier in his career was a buyer for French and Japanese firms.

Quality Wool commenced wool brokering in 1994 and, in addition to South Australia, today its footprint also stretches through major growing areas in Victoria, up to Queensland and across to WA. Added to the NSW stores are company-owned wool handling centres at Port Adelaide, Naracoorte, Dublin and Jamestown in SA and at Geelong, Bendigo, Ballarat, Benalla, Ararat and Edenhope in Victoria.

The company has long-term relationships with international woollen mills, particularly in China and Vietnam, where its trusted partnerships with textile leaders have aided vital marketing opportunities for its grower clients.

Quality Wool’s local Condobolin store is located on Parkes Road and is headed up by long-term wool industry identity in the region, Craig Davis.

Mr Davis, who has chalked-up 30 years supporting woolgrowers and working in the brokering industry throughout the region, is based locally with his wife, Marcelle, and they have five children, Shane, Patrick, Ebony, Alex and Ella. He assists growers out to Lake Cargelligo, down to West Wyalong, across to Parkes and up to Tottenham.

“The new store now presents another option for woolgrowers. It will be an advantage to have a woolbroker and personnel with strong history and experience in the town,’’ Mr Davis said.

“We haven’t had a good door trade in the area and on-farm pick-up service for wool purchases.

“It allows us to receive wool into Condobolin and growers will only pay the freight into town; we can pick-up wool; we can meet growers at the store; and we can offer all marketing options. We also have an individual press that growers can hire.’’

He said the region’s growers were enjoying a promising season this year and there was good confidence in sheep and wool into the future.

“Farmers have recognised a couple of tough cropping years previously and are putting back into sheep and wool. They are looking at more dual purpose production to benefit from wool and meat markets and they are happy to continue with Merinos.’’

Trading times at the Quality Wool Condobolin store are flexible and at this stage it is open on Thursdays from 8am to 5pm or by appointment.

Meanwhile, the company has also continued previous sponsorship of the Don Brown Memorial Merino Ewe Field Days, as well as junior sport locally and in the surrounding district.