Western Australia’s farmer-owned co-operative WAMMCO has climaxed two consecutive State Export Awards, by winning the 2005 Australian Regional Exporter of the Year title at a function in Sydney last week.
Chairman Dawson Bradford accepted the award on behalf of all the co-operative’s stakeholders including its 300 Katanning based employees.
He said WAMMCO had relied heavily on partnerships with farmers at the production end to tailor their lambs to export markets, and on strong supply chain partnerships with distributors and lamb retailers in the United States.
These initiatives, together with substantial and procedural upgrades at the Katanning processing plant, had enabled the co-operative to increase lamb export volumes to the US by 40% during 2004/05.
Mr Bradford repeated his concern that labour shortages in regional Australia continued to hamper increased productivity in the meat industry, by limiting more value-adding of lamb product. He urged Deputy Prime Minister and Trade Minister Mark Vaile to increase his government’s quest to boost regional employment.
WAMMCO’s Marketing Manager Damien Giumelli said the cooperative’s winning submission also highlighted:
Three times a year, MLA and AWI run a joint survey to collect sheepmeat industry livestock numbers and lamb production expectations. Production and producer intentions are regularly monitored&...Read more
Nearly five years spent accumulating and reclaiming valuable farming land at Kojonup from the bluegum plantation industry, is beginning to pay dividends for WAMMCO’s December 2018 Producers of the ...Read more
How close Western Australia’s now thriving producer lamb co-operative came to collapse after its establishment in 1999, is a reality few people understood before the recent release of WAMMCO&...Read more
Solid international market demand has enabled sheepmeat co-operative WAMMCO to deliver a record profit, while still paying producers high prices for their lambs and mutton. The pre-tax profit of $20 million ...Read more
The announcement by Chairman Craig Heggaton that prominent Gnowangerup sheep and lamb producer Bill O’Keeffe would join the board of WA sheepmeats co-operative WAMMCO International, was made at ...Read more