The annual election for a number of positions on the Board of the Droughtmaster Society saw incumbent Directors Kevin Woolcock, Mostyndale Stud at Springsure and Doug Miles, Trafalgar Stud at Morinish returned to the Board as National Directors. Two new Directors were also elected - Sharon Harms, Oakmore Park Stud at Greenmount was elected as Southern Zone Director following the retirement of Michael Flynn and Dean Allen, Western Reds Stud at Longreach was elected as the third National Director.
At the Board Meeting following the Society Annual General Meeting, Paul Laycock, High Country Stud at Eskdale was elected President, with Doug Birch, Birch Stud at Monto elected Vice President.
Goals as President
President Paul Laycock said, “I have been fortunate to be on the Board for a couple of years, but I must say my recent interactions with the Membership have without doubt, provided me with a focus for the future. I want our Board to work side by side with our members, enabling all breeders, small and large, new and old to have their say in the future development of the Droughtmaster. This will further enable them to grow and enhance their operations and achieve the success they seek for themselves, their families and the breed."
"We will continue to promote the versatility of the Droughtmaster and it ability to fit into a wide range of market and production environments. We will also further reinforce that it can be a highly profitable breed both for commercial and seedstock breeders alike. We will continue to grow the strong market presence of the breed and work hard to plug into the developing markets both domestically and abroad. Our membership is strongly committed, so it is time to harness this energy and enthusiasm and drive the breed towards success.” said Mr Laycock.
For 8 years Paul has been focused on establishing High Country Droughtmasters with his wife Lisa (veterinarian), daughter Stephanie and son Michael. In that time the stud has continued to grow, with them now joining over 200 of their own registered females annually as well as being involved with co-operative breeding partners who join another 400 breeders to High Country bulls. High Country are this year running the 4th annual Performance Plus on-property Sale at their Eskdale stud near Toogoolawah. The stud continues to focus on utilising the best available genetics to produce industry relevant stud and commercial bulls and females.
Paul grew up breeding his families stud Simmental Cattle, which led him to complete a Certificate in Animal Husbandry and a Bachelors Degree in Rural Technology from the University of Queensland. After graduation, he worked on the Darling Downs for 6 years in both regional and production manager roles in large poultry enterprises. From here, Paul was called on to help build, manage and develop his in laws family business based around design software and technology. This he took from a small business with less than 5 staff to an industry leading international company.