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Mark Grossman elected to take White Suffolk breed forward

AWSA Conference & AGM - February 21, 2014

South Australian stud sheep breeder Mark Grossman has been elected as the new president of the nation’s leading terminal breed, White Suffolks.

Mr Grossman, of Angaston, had served on the federal council of the Australian White Suffolk Association for several years before taking over the reins at this week’s annual general meeting from former president Murray Long, Ardlethan, NSW.

Mark and his wife Jane run 205 registered White Suffolk ewes under the stud prefix, Koonawarra, alongside a Border Leicester stud and 2000 Merino and first-cross flock ewes.

This dovetails with a cropping, cattle and viticulture enterprise.

Mr Grossman said the White Suffolk breed has 378 active studs selling around 35,000 rams a year, putting it at the forefront of the prime lamb industry.

He said the breed was focused on embracing innovation and technology to provide the rams required by the prime lamb industry.

“Genomics is an evolving technology and we aim to keep up to date with the latest research,’’ Mr Grossman said.

“It’s all about increasing market access and ensuring White Suffolks are regarded as the carcass breed of choice.’’

South Australian breeder Peter Button, Ramsay Park White Suffolks, Minlaton, was elected as vice president.

Newly elected councillors are Lachy Day, Days Whiteface stud, Bordertown, SA, and Simon Kerin, Ashbourne White Suffolks, Katanning, WA.

The balance of the council comprises Julie Weisner, Walla Walla, NSW; Andrew Frick, Padthaway, SA; Andrew Heinrich, Parndana, SA; Jason Barker, Parkes, NSW; Murray Long, Ardlethan, NSW and Anthony Hurst, Avenue Range, SA.

- Kim Woods

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