Wool producers should consider the future sustainability of the industry when casting their vote in the WoolPoll, the WoolPoll 2018 Panel Chair says.
Sydney Lawrie, of Tumby Bay, South Australia, said WoolPoll was an opportunity for woolgrowers to directly influence how much they wanted to invest in research, development and marketing for wool through the levy that that helps fund Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).
Woolgrowers are asked to consider five wool levy rate options: three per cent, 2.5 per cent, two per cent, 1.5 per cent and 0 per cent.
Voting closes on November 2.
AWI wants the levy to remain at two per cent but both WoolProducers Australia and the Victorian Farmers Federation (VFF) are advocating 1.5 per cent.
VFF livestock president Leonard Vallance has said livestock members believed a 1.5 per cent wool levy would provide sufficient funding for AWI to continue investing in ongoing research and development, as well as new areas of need for the industry.