Pickering new head of the flock
Nurturing the Merino industry’s next generation of producers will be a primary focus for well-known Esperance region sheep breeder Scott Pickering.
The Cascade-based farmer is eager to promote the sector as a career option to budding breeders when he assumes the Stud Merino Breeders’ Association of WA president duties.
On Friday, incumbent president Wayne Button will hand the reins to Mr Pickering at the Stud Merino Breeders’ Association of WA annual general meeting in Cottesloe.
Mr Pickering, who runs a mixed sheep-cropping enterprise about 100km north-west of Esperance, said encouraging involvement within the Merino industry was critical to growth.
“I want to put something back into the industry and here is a chance,” he said.
“The industry is in one of the best states it has ever been in, so it will be good to get the next generation of youngsters involved.
“I want to get out there and promote WA Merinos — it really is a good time to be involved.”
Mr Pickering will serve a two-year term as president.
Mr Pickering is a renowned sheep breeder through his successful Derella Downs and Pyramid Poll stud operations co-ordinated alongside wife Sue.
He is a passionate agricultural advocate, and lobbies for the completion of the State Barrier Fence’s long-awaited Esperance extension to protect sheep flocks from wild dog attacks.
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