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AWN opens Bathurst division
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Woolgrowers in the Bathurst region are now able to take advantage of a new wool buying division which has been established by the nation’s leading independent wool broker Australian Wool Network (AWN).
The expansion has seen long-time wool buyer Richard Butcher join the team to offer on-farm pick-ups and door trading among the many other services offered to woolgrowers.
The wool buying business is able to source wool directly from farmers with wool able to be tested on-farm if required. A truck, capable of holding up to 22 bales at a time, is available to pick up the clip saving busy growers time and money.
Located at the Bathurst AWH wool handling site in Stewart Street the business is the only one of its kind in the area to offer a pick-up service with Mr Butcher able to weigh, price and test wool on-farm as well as offer competitive pricing and prompt payment.
Mr Butcher has a wealth of knowledge in the wool buying trade having been an exporter and buyer for many years. Being able to secure Mr Butcher for the position was a key element in the establishment of the business.
AWN’s NSW State Manager Mark Hedley said Mr Butcher was the perfect person for the job which had enabled AWN to add another really good string to its bow.
“I have known Richard for many, many years and he has a great deal of knowledge,’’ he said.
“It was important that we could find the right person to fulfil this role and this gives us a great opportunity to expand in this region.
“There is some great wool grown in the Bathurst region and I have no doubt Richard will do a great job. We are very happy to have him on board.’’
Along with sourcing wool directly from growers, Mr Butcher will be offering door trade on Fridays where buyers can bring their wool to the store door and he can also handle clips for auction.
“The wool buying service is a terrific extension for AWN especially for smaller growers or for those who may have bits and pieces left over that they can’t match up after shearing. We can pick them up and they know what they are getting for them,’’ he said.
“Having the truck and being able to pick up from the farmer is a real benefit. There are a lot of small clips around this area and farmers are busy people so it is great we are able to provide a service and go out and pick their clip up from their farm. We are the only company in this area offering that service.’’
Mr Butcher has vast experience in the wool buying trade most recently operating a business from the Malachai Hall store in Oberon. Having grown up in Dubbo and gone to school in Bathurst he moved straight into wool trading upon leaving school.
His life and expertise in the wool game has taken him the length and breadth of the country having worked for a number of large Australian organisations however he is pleased to be back in Bathurst and now with AWN.
“AWN is a very professional company with a very likeable team. Everyone’s focus is on wool and their wool growing clients. They have good relationships within the industry and are here for the long haul. They are a very proactive company and they just love wool,’’ he said.