President's Report to the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the SA Stud Merino Sheppbreeders Association Inc.
It gives me great pleasure to present my Presidents report to the AGM.
The last 12 months have presented very difficult challenges during the extended dry period experienced by many of our members. Fortunately sheep and wool prices have been at record high levels not seen before.
In 2018 our committee made the decision to self publish the South Australian Stud Merino and Poll Merino Annual Directory. This was a major undertaking for the South Australian Stud Merino Breeders Association. This has given the Association control over the income and expenses associated with the production. The management of editorial in the directory has also been a positive outcome. I would like to remind members that your input into possible editorial for the Annual Directory is greatly appreciated.
Our three Regional Field Days were a great success. The Elders SA Stud Merino Expo, Wudinna, South East and Karoonda and Districts Field Days were all very well attended.
In May I travelled to Sydney with Ian Michael and Peter Myer to attend the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders AGM. Peter Myer was re-elected for his second term as Australian President. I would like to congratulate Peter on his leadership of the Australian Association.
While in Sydney we attended the AWI National Merino Challenge. This is a major Merino event held for potential young Industry contributors. South Australia was well represented with students participating from all areas of the state.
In July at the Australian Sheep and Wool Show the Australian Association held a dinner to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Association. This was very well attended. Past National and Federal President Tom Ashby gave an insightful speech on the history of the Association.
Our Association continues to support and advocate the youth in the South Australian Merino Industry through sponsorship of the SA Sheep Expo and the School Wether competition. Merino SA also provided two bursaries for the inaugural youth stud tour of Studmasters.
Results of our members On- Property Sales so far have been very strong. This reflects the continued profitability of the South Australian Merino and the positivity in the Merino Industry.
We have two retiring members – Peter Wallace and Ian Rowett.
Thankyou Peter for your time on the committee. Peter has been a valuable committee member for the past 4 years.
I would like to give a special thankyou to Ian Rowett for not only his 25 years of service on the committee but also his passionate commitment to the South Australian Merino Industry. Ian has represented our Association admirably on many Industry Boards as a committee member and Chairman.
Thank you to our Executive Officer Jen Light. Jen has an amazing ability to cover all aspects of the Association with seemingly effortless detail.
I would also like to commend Jen on our first Merino Annual production. This was an extraordinary effort given the very tight time frame we had.
Thank you to Leonie Mills for her role as Treasurer and our committee members for your attendance and input during the year.
Ian Michael is the outgoing Vice President and I thank him for his input and support during his last 12 months.
Finally I would like to wish all our members a favourable spring and success for those that have ram sales to come.