Life as a Ruralco wool broker

Damien Dore – Ruralco Graduate

  • Grew up on a farm in Urana
  • Part of the 2018 Ruralco Graduate Program
  • Becoming an accredited wool appraiser

Ruralco graduate Damien Dore grew up helping out in the wool sheds on his family farm in Urana, a small town in the Riverina region of New South Wales.It was a desire to gain more experience in the sheep industry that saw Damien apply for the Ruralco graduate program. Damien’s first role is within the Rodwells business, based in Melbourne at Laverton North, but throughout the course of the two year graduate program, he will gain exposure to wool markets across the country.

The role has given Damien a real taste of life as a wool broker. “I have gained experience in working through every step of the wool broking process,” said Damien. He has been kept busy during his time at Rodwells, working on the show floor typing wool, preparing wool for upcoming sales and attending the sales once everything has been prepared. He is also about to undertake an appraisal course to become an accredited wool appraiser.

Damien has also picked up new skills at the auctions. “I am keeping track of which buyers are offering which prices for the wool, so we know who has bought what at the end of the auction,” he explained. It has also allowed him to meet other Ruralco wool representatives, including Andrew Murfet and Stewart Raine from Roberts, who have been auctioning off wool at the Melbourne sales.Damien has definitely chosen a great time to get into the wool industry.

Damien is eager to continue down the path he is on and in the near future is looking forward to visiting other Ruralco businesses in Western Australia and Tasmania.

“The week I started here was a record market. The team told me we had some of the best prices they had seen in 30 years,” said Damien.