New Leader for State's Merino Breeders


Media Release

22 March 2016

New Leader for State’s Merino Breeders


BEVERIDGE Angus SMBA Pres Mar2016 002A third-generation Merino breeder from the State’s Macquarie region, Angus Beveridge of Wyuna Merino Stud, “Warragong”, Armatree, near Gilgandra, has been appointed to head the NSW Stud Merino Breeders’ Association (SMBA), the body which represents the State’s registered breeders of Merino rams and thus 40 per cent of the nation’s registered breeders.

In taking ownership of Wyuna stud in 2006, Mr Beveridge continues at the helm of the business established by his grandfather Don J Beveridge in 1931, subsequently under the control of second generation, Stuart Beveridge from 1957 to 2006.

To his breeding enterprise and his new position, Angus Beveridge also brings his qualifications as a Bachelor of Ag Economics which was followed by a five-year experience as export trading coordinator with Dalgety International Trading, the majority of the time in Sydney but also with six-months each at Newcastle Wool Stores and Port Phillip Woollen Mills, Melbourne.  In 1996 Mr Beveridge returned to “Warragong”, a 2200ha mixed farm running 900 registered Merino ewes and 2300 flock Merino ewes as well as 50 Poll Hereford breeders and with 400ha under crop.

Mr Beveridge was elected unopposed following the association’s AGM held during this week’s Sydney Sheep Show at the Royal Easter Show. He succeeds James Derrick, Karoola Downs Poll Merino stud. Adelong, whose three-year term concluded at this meeting. Mr Derrick now becomes a vice-president of the association.

A councillor of the SMBA since 2004, Mr Beveridge has served his apprenticeship as vice president for what he referred to as a “rewarding five years”.

He is also one of the SMBA’s two delegates to the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders’ (AASMB) giving him a solid grounding in the business and policy of the two associations.

Mr Beveridge who was president of the Dubbo National Ram Sale Association from 2007 is also very active on committees in the Gilgandra/Armatree area including captaincy of the Armatree Rural Fire Service.

In accepting the nomination, Mr Beveridge paid tribute to the leadership of his predecessors on the SMBA executive with a wish to continue their good work.

“The association needs to continue to have a foothold with the Lifetime Ewe Productivity Project and our Merino health priorities need to be sustained; especially our accreditation work with Ovine Brucellosis.”

“We also must continue our work with the association’s Trust in promoting youth scholarships, education and training”, he said.

Mr Beveridge looks forward to working with all aspects of the industry towards a common goal.

“There’s a real need these days to strengthen our ties even further with industry groups both within the breed and those associated with it,” he said.

“The NSW SMBA, with its 122 year history and over a third of the nation’s registered breeders must maintain its relevance and build on what has been done to date.”

To this end, Mr Beveridge said he wanted everyone on the SMBA’s council to be involved and to feel a part of its future.

Drew Chapman, Hinesville and West Plains studs, Delegate, was confirmed as junior vice-president and also confirmed in their positions were SMBA secretary, Megan Giannini and treasurers, Tony Gall, Wilsons Creek, Uralla, and Lou Armstrong, Pemcaw, Dunedoo.


-           Angus Beveridge

-           New president of the NSW Stud Merino Breeders Association, Angus Beveridge, is presented with the badge of office by outgoing president, James Derrick, following elections during this week’s  Sydney Royal Easter Show

Contact: Angus Beveridge, 02 6848 5838 or 0429 485 818.


Further Information: Carol-Ann Malouf, Public Relations Officer, NSW SMBA, PO Box 320, Condobolin NSW 2877

Phone:   02 6895 2274                       Email:                Mobile: 0427 119 535


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