Wool Agency gets classy

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Wool broker Wool Agency has expanded its client services with the appointment of woolclasser Paul Tunnard.

Mr Tunnard, 47, has a broad background in the industry and most recently headed the bulk class at Wool Agency, where he gained his start 25 years ago.

Trained by the Wool Agency's late founder George Shenton, Mr Tunnard's beginnings were wrapped in the company's strong economic philosophy of clip preparation.

Mr Shenton, who was born in Quairading, was a fearless advocate of free trade in the wool industry during his time with Wool Agency, which now carries on through his son Scott.

Mr Tunnard was on the Wool Agency show floor last week when _Countryman _ caught up with him.

"Running Wool Agency's bulk class for the last six years has put me in good stead to take on a more involved role of client liaison," Mr Tunnard said.

"I will be visiting wool sheds during shearing to ensure classing practices remain thrifty for maximum returns to the growers."

Mr Tunnard said he was enthusiastic about using his experience to advise wool classers on wool clip preparation.

Wool Agency technical representative Peter Leroy said the new role required a meticulous representative able to maintain the high standards of personal and specialised service in wool clip preparation.

"Wool Agency has always run a compact and tight ship with the focus on client returns and Mr Tunnard's appointment was timely and instrumental for the company's succession planning," Mr Leroy said.

"His experience, which includes wool classing, bulk classing, show floor preparation and an understanding of the code of practice, meets all the qualifications for the new role of wool technical officer."

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