Wool adviser back on Eyre Peninsula

BACK ON EP: Quality Wool's James Kellet (right) with local growers Leon and Simon Veitch and Simon's daughter Daisy at shearing.

BACK ON EP: Quality Wool's James Kellet (right) with local growers Leon and Simon Veitch and Simon's daughter Daisy at shearing.

Former Cleve Area School student and farm worker James Kellett has made a return to the Eyre Peninsula as a wool advisor.

Originally from Adelaide, Mr Kellett finished his schooling at Cleve before working on farms and shearing sheds at Darke Peak and on the West Coast.

He then moved to Adelaide to participate in woolbroker Quality Wool's youth workshop program, which aims to provide education for young people entering the wool sector.

Mr Kellett said the program, which took staff through a long list of necessary skills for work in the wool industry, helped him in his development within his career.

"There was a lot more to it than I thought and it was great to understand what could be done in the preparation of wool and marketing to help maximise returns for growers," he said.

After stints at multiple of the company's facilities across Australia, Mr Kellett has now made the move back to the Eyre Peninsula and is based near Wudinna.

Supporting growers across the Eyre Peninsula, Mr Kellett has been able to use existing relationships from his time working and going to school in the region to get started.

"I'm really enjoying developing relationships and I love the whole industry," Mr Kellett said.

"Different grower clients can do things a little differently, including with their breeding, so you are always learning something new every day.

"When you don't come off a farm, jobs like this don't always come around often."

He said despite the difficult times the wool industry has faced recently, it was good to see a number of new shearing sheds still popping up in different areas and the continued investment of growers in breeding which he said showed confidence in the industry was still strong.