Bolt new SMBA president

Bob GarnantThe West Australian

The Stud Merino Breeders' Association of WA has appointed a new president, Steven Bolt.

Mr Bolt, co-principal of Claypans stud, Corrigin, took over from outgoing president Kevin Keatley of Kojonup at last week's annual general meeting held at the Ocean Beach Hotel in Cottesloe.

Mr Bolt said he was enthusiastic about heading up the association and would take a strong focus on encouraging young people to enter the industry.

"We will continue working with the agriculture colleges using programs like the Merino Wether Challenge that was introduced last year at the Perth Royal Show," he said.

Mr Bolt was appreciative that Agriculture Minister Ken Baston had made himself avai- lable at the SMBAWA sundowner.

"The Minister expressed an openness to address any issues that confront the industry, of which I will certainly follow through," Mr Bolt said.

Past president Mr Keatley, who was master of ceremonies at the SMBAWA forum on unlocking the profit potential of sheep, said he enjoyed his time in the role.

In one of his last official duties, Mr Keatley recognised three long-serving committee members - Peter Ralston, Kevin Gill and Tony Hughes-Owen - with committee appreciation awards.

The trio had made an important contribution to the association over many years, he said.

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