Getting to know our Livestock Market Officers

17 October 2017

Spotlight: Leann Dax

Tell us about your role as an MLA Livestock Market Officer (LMO). What do you do?

My role is to assess stock at lamb and cattle sales. LMOs are there to collect accurate market intelligence and write reports without sharing an opinion on whether the animals are cheap or dear. We’re not focused on producers or processors – we’re there to record exactly what’s happening on the day.

Where are you from and where are you based now?

Originally, I’m from a wool-producing farm near Ballarat, Victoria. Now, I’m on a cattle, sheep and cropping property at a little place called Howlong near Albury, NSW.

What is the best part about your job?

I just love it all – I love the interaction with buyers and producers and collecting market information from the sales. After all these years, I’m proud of my work and enjoy the fast selling pace of the Wagga lamb sale. I also write a commentary for the Stock and Land newspaper and Beef Central. Everything about my job is fantastic.

When you’re not working, what do you like to do for fun?

I ride horses – I’m very passionate about the cutting industry and campdrafts. We load eight horses onto our truck and campdraft most weekends through summer and autumn.  

What’s your favourite red meat meal?

My favourite is definitely lamb chops.

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