FARMWORKS Narrogin has joined the list of independent rural retailers teaming up with the WA-owned Westcoast Wool & Livestock business to provide wool and livestock services throughout its local areas.
Owned by Ashley Wilkins and Charlie Farleigh, the store has continued to grow and is enjoying another promising season in the Narrogin and wider region. It supports growers out to Wandering, Boddington and the Williams area towards Collie, down to Highbury and towards Wagin, across to Wickepin and up to the Cuballing, Popanyinning and Pingelly areas.
The business, also with the support of Bernard Maley (merchandise sales), Karen Fazey (sales/administration) and Brett Coxon (Summit Fertilizers), and using consultant agronomists Trent Butcher, Garren Knell and Jordy Medlen from ConsultAg, offers a full range of farm inputs and supplies, now sourced via another local independent, David Grays Aglink.
Ashley, who earlier worked on his uncle and aunty’s farm west of Wickepin for five years, as well as for other agribusinesses at Narembeen and Narrogin for 11 years, said after buying into FarmWorks Narrogin four years ago, they had been keen to expand the business with wool and livestock services.
“It’s another service we can offer and we partner up with the Westcoast Wool & Livestock team very well,’’ said Ashley, who is well settled in Narrogin with his wife, Kellie, who works for an agribusiness bank, and their two daughters, Piper and Riley.
“It’s great that Westcoast Wool & Livestock are WA-owned and operated. They have exceptionally good livestock and wool agents and I have worked with a lot of the team at Westcoast in the past.
“It has been really exciting to see some of the people who have been joining the company. Westcoast is investing in great people and they are really supporting the younger team members who are going to become the next generation for our industry.’’
Supporting FarmWorks Narrogin in extending its wool and livestock services to growers will be Justin Haydock, Stephen Keatley and Adrian Dabinett from Westcoast Wool & Livestock.
In addition to already working with Justin previously, Adrian was Ashley’s football coach for the Narrogin Hawks, while his wife, Kellie, is also friends with Stephen’s wife, Dannielle, so the team have taken little time to hit the ground running.
Ashley said sheep numbers were up in the region following a warm season with high lamb marking and weaning numbers.
He said early feedback on the partnership with Westcoast Wool & Livestock, and particularly some of the strong benefits it offered growers, had been excellent.