One of the lads, but don’t needle him!
JUSTIN Haydock was a typical knockabout youngster, enjoying time with his mates through the Great Southern and dreaming of playing football in the AFL.
He may now be carving out a career in the wool industry as Westcoast Wool & Livestock’s wool adviser in the region, but otherwise not much has changed. When he is not getting down to business, sport fills much of the airwaves, thanks to also having Kayo Sports close at hand.
Justin is a fan of the West Coast Eagles and also has a soft spot for the Blues (surely must only be a Judd thing!), but any sport will do – NBA, soccer, tennis and the rest.
He still likes to execute a good punt, only it’s long since moved from the football field to an online betting platform.
It’s also not surprising that an easy-go character like this could cook all year with his favourite implement, the BBQ, in between visits to the Mount Barker Bakery – and, of course, with his mates around to share in the procedure the normal Australian way!
What is surprising is despite one’s exterior, there can always be a soft underbelly somewhere – enter needles. So, don’t expect Justin to jump on the lamb vaccinator at tailing anytime soon!
Now working for a company with Westcoast in its name, Justin is just as passionate about the industry, the business and supporting growers with great service as he is for the blue and gold.
Excelling in his career, helping build a company for the future and providing the best possible service to woolgrower clients is what drives him today.
Justin sees an exciting path ahead for Westcoast on the back of its growth in recent years, the fact it is locally owned and with good young staff and training support.
He hopes some good seasons for growers and improved prices can help increase wool production and expects technology to play a strong role in the industry in future.
Justin has now chalked-up five of his eight years in the industry with Westcoast, but it all started for him with a traineeship in rural services after growing up at Dumbleyung and attending Narrogin Agriculture College.
The early training days focused on stock agency and rural merchandise in the Katanning and Kojonup areas before he moved into a junior wool technical position in Perth, where he also learned the ropes of auctioneering. He collected a Cert III in rural services and Cert IV in wool classing along the way too.
He then took these skills to Melbourne for a few years before kicking off with Westcoast as a private wool buyer based from Albany and now settled back in Perth again.