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President's Report to the 2018 Annual General Meeting of the SA Stud Merino Sheppbreeders Association Inc.

       I am writing my last President’s report for the 2018 Annual General Meeting. My two year term has gone quickly.

The Burra Expo in March was once again a success with excellent displays from our members and a large crowd of sheep producers viewing the stock.


I was fortunate to attend the 10th World Merino Conference in Uruguay in early April. For me this was a great experience to meet numerous other Merino breeders from around the world and also view the South American sheep and enjoy their hospitality. This was my first World Merino Conference and I was not really sure what to expect. After going to South America, I would urge any of our members or commercial clients to at least attend one of these in your life time. A truly amazing experience.


In the middle of May I attended the Australian Merino Sheepbreeders AGM, which was well attended. Peter Meyer was voted in as the new Australian President, and we wish him well in his new role.


I was also able to attend the AWI national Merino Challenge at the Wayville Showgrounds. This was a very successful event with up to 120 young students gaining valuable knowledge from some of our industry leaders.


I caught up with a lot of our members at the three regional field days at Wudinna, Keith and Murray Bridge – with all three days being very well attended.


I would like to congratulate Tom Ashby on receiving an Australian Wool Medal in August for his service and dedication to the wool industry. Tom has been a great ambassador for not only Merino SA, but the Australian Association and the World Merino Federation.


As we approach another Adelaide Merino Ram Sale, some parts of the state are still under some pressure with many members looking for substantial spring rainfall.


For the members who have already had their on-property ram sales, the results have been very good considering the way the season has treated us.


Finally I would like to thank Jen on her first 12 months as our new Executive Officer. Jen has done an amazing job, with her attention to detail in the office, as well as rattling our minds as board members with some of her new ideas she brings to the table. I would also like to thank my Vice President, Nick Wadlow for his help throughout the year, as well as Leonie Mills for her role as our new Treasurer.


To the board members, I would like to say thank you for your attendance and input at our meetings.


Just on my last note, I would like to wish the incoming President all the very best with his new role. For myself I have really enjoyed the experience as President and the people I have met on the way.


         Ian Michael








"... the Merino industry could not be set at a better position at the end of the season."

- Ian Michael
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