Dual role for Elders’ wool expert
With a strong background in WA’s commercial sheep industry, Dean Hubbard is keen to raise the “baa” for Elders’ wool brokerage business.
As the newly appointed Elders WA zone wool manager, while holding onto his WA commercial sheep manager role with the 180-year-old company, Mr Hubbard said he was up for the challenge and appreciated knowing he would be working with a “great Elders wool team”.
“I will bring my 41 years of communication skills and sheep client relationships with me as I add the wool trade business to my portfolio,” he said.
Countryman spoke with Mr Hubbard last Friday at the Narrogin Ram Pavilion where he inspected some of WA’s top rams, before flying off to Melbourne to begin training with Elders national wool selling centre manager Simon Hogan.
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“I am looking forward to gaining the experienced technical know-how which will support me as I take on WA’s wool industry,” he said.
“The sheep and wool industry is currently very strong and sheep prices are at record prices, so I believe there is scope for further growth in sheep numbers and volumes of wool.”
Mr Hubbard said he understood how critical the live export industry was to maintain growth in WA’s sheep industry, which was presently in decline.
Prior to this week’s wool sale, Mr Hubbard said US President Donald Trump’s announcement of new tariffs on Chinese goods would weigh against a lower Australian dollar in determining how the market would open.
“I like to think the currency movement would bring a positive market outcome,” he said.
Mr Hubbard, who has many years of auctioning experience, said he would be anticipating selling wool at the Western Wool Centre soon.
An Elders spokesperson said Mr Hubbard brings to the role a level of professionalism and leadership that will drive both businesses strongly into the future.
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