Don completed wool classing at Sydney Technical College in 1975. He then spent the next eight years working as a woolclasser and a shearer, mainly in Western NSW. In 1984 Don joined a firm in Sydney where he worked as a valuer, auctioneer and wool adviser. In 1988 Don founded Lanoc Wool in Dubbo which was a very successful company and one of the largest regional wool stores in Australia. Don remained as the Manager of Lanoc for 23 years, then in April 2011 circumstances led to him leaving Lanoc and establishing a new wool brokerage: Macdonald & Co Woolbrokers.
Don has maintained an active role in the wool industry. He has served five years as Director on the Board of Australian Wool Innovation, previous to this he served as Director on AWEX, member of NSW Farmers Wool Committee and Chair of Inland Woolbrokers Association.
Don and his wife Kerrie, live on a property in the Molong district and have a cattle and sheep property at Tumut in the Eastern Riverina.
Andrew, or Millsy, as he is commonly known around Dunedoo, has been working with Don for the last twenty four years. Prior to that, Andrew studied Agriculture at Tocal College and worked for several years in agriculture from Hughendon to the Hunter Valley, and many areas in between.
In the twenty four years at Lanoc Wool and now with Macdonald & Co, Andrew has worked in all areas of the operation, but in latter years has been largely responsible for wool valuing, auctioning and looking after clients in the areas mostly north and east of Dubbo.
Andrew also maintains a strong involvement in the industry through his role as chief wool steward at the Dubbo Show and coordinating the merino wether lamb at the National Ram Sales.
Andrew is currently a Director on the Board of the National Council of Wool Selling Brokers and is the Northern region Broker representative on the National Auction Selling Committee (NASC).
Ian joined the wool trade in the late 60’s as a junior wool valuer with Country Producers which later became part of the Elders network.
Ian then enjoyed a long and distinguished career with Elders as wool adviser in Western NSW, head auctioneer and NSW Wool Technical manager.
In 2011 Ian joined Macdonald & Co bringing a wealth of experience and knowledge with him.
Ian is NSW Wool Technical Manager based at the Sydney Wool Selling Centre (Yennora), and looks after all requirements of Macdonald & Co’s wool selling operation – including sample inspection, wool valuation and auctioning.
Ian’s role also includes attending our clients shearing as required and give marketing and classing advice.
Murray has joined the team at Macdonald & Co Woolbrokers last year, based in our Dubbo Woolstore as a Wool Technical Adviser.
Earlier in his career, Murray spent several years as a Wool Technical Advisor for Elders under Ian Sharp. He was based in the Western Division and in the Central West of NSW.
Murray grew up in the Central Tablelands and has been in the rural industry and particularly the sheep industry all his life.
Murray spent the last 20 years managing Beemery Station between Bourke and Brewarrina. This was a largescale Merino breeding operation along with cattle in favourable seasons.
Peter Walsh was raised at Nyngan NSW on a sheep and cropping enterprise.
After completing his schooling, Peter worked in the shearing industry before joining Don Macdonald at Lanoc Wool.
Peter progressed from Shipping to Woolstore Management building a knowledge base of the wool industry.
Peter has progressed to Wool Advisor and is servicing our Western NSW area.
Veronike has been working at Macdonald Woolbrokers for the last 12 months in our main wool store in Dubbo in several capacities.
Veronike has a Cert IV in Wool Classing and a Diploma in Agribusiness Management.
Veronike gained experience in animal health merchandise, as a store manager, auctioneer and in general administration at Moses and Sons Woolbrokers over 4 years. She also has significant sheep husbandry experience.
Jeanine has been working at Macdonald Woolbrokers for the last 2 years in our Dubbo wool store in a number of capacities and is also our RWS Coordinator and Auditor.
Jeanine has spent 33 years in the shearing/wool industry starting in New Zealand, before moving to Australia to further her career as a wool handler and presser. She has been a registered Australian wool classer for 25 years, and continues to train wool handlers, pressers, and classers.
Jeanine has travelled the world competing in wool handling & shearing competitions and has represented New Zealand.