Maximising wool returns critical on Kangaroo Island
FOR growers who rely on wool for the bulk of their farming operation, maximising the returns from the fibre is paramount.
On Kangaroo Island, Nick Clark and his family run 1500 Merino ewes, 1000 crossbred ewes and up to 1000 wethers on their main property of 560 hectares at Parndana as well as a further 75ha of leased land nearby.
Shearing most of their flock in January and the weaners in April, the Clarks work closely with Quality Wool and local marketing representative Andrew Keach to successfully sell their 150-bale clip.
"For us, Quality Wool has the best service on offer," Nick said.
"Andrew Keach is more available and Quality Wool has its finger on the pulse in terms of markets and price."
Farming on Kangaroo Island has not meant Nick has avoided the drought conditions gripping the rest of South Australia, but it has meant getting the best service and price is a priority due to its relative isolation.
"The recent seasons have been terrible and this year is looking to be only marginally better," Nick said.
"Andrew knows our operation very well now. I give him a call if we are going to shear a few and he will come out and have a look and discuss what we have been doing and what we want to do.
"He gives very good advice - he knows his stuff and works hard."
Quality Wool is committed to using a full range of tools to deliver the best possible service to grower clients, a fact appreciated by growers like Nick.
"The service through Quality Wool in terms of technology is excellent."
"I get a market report emailed to me every week and the website is easy to use and very good. We have a client login and we can use it to interact with Quality Wool.
"This, plus the on-farm side of things, means we find the service to be excellent," he said.