Madden to focus on CBH, grain

Brad ThompsonThe West Australian

One of WA's best-known farming figures will focus on his role as a director of CBH and a new challenge after retiring from the board of Australia's biggest lamb and mutton co-operative.

Morawa farmer Rod Madden said he had achieved his goals in 11 years as a director of WA Meat Marketing Co-operative Ltd.

"They are in an extremely strong position financially, geographically they are spread across Australia and they have markets in 57 countries so I can leave and allow some young fellow to put his hand up," he said.

WAMMCO chairman Dawson Bradford said Mr Madden's appointment in 2003 had been a turning point for the co-op.

"Rod was then involved in a major team effort that brought WAMMCO to profit by 2005 and he went on working with the State Government to secure co-operative tax benefits in WA that greatly assisted us with major upgrading projects, such as the new Katanning boning room," Mr Bradford said.

Mr Madden will turn his attention to the troubled CBH board and a new role as a director of North East Farming Futures.

"I really do want to concentrate on CBH and settle things down there, spend a lot of time in quieting the board down, focusing on policy, process, procedures from a board perspective and then working with management and getting CBH rocking," he said.

Mr Madden said the sky was the limit for lamb producers and predicted a swing back to mixed cropping and livestock farming.

"Lamb prices of $5/kg certainly rival the price of wheat at, for arguments sake, $300/tonne," he said. "People are going to realise there is a huge profit and a secure profit to be made out of livestock, particularly prime lambs."

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