Wool broker and Castle Hill resident Robert Ryan has received an OAM for his service to the industry and the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW.
‘‘It’s very nice for the sheep and wool industry to be included’’ he said.
‘‘It’s a great thing in Australia for members of the general public to receive this recognition.’’
Mr Ryan has previously nominated people but never thought he’d get an OAM himself.
‘‘I’ve always moved on and not focused on it too much because I get so busy,’’ he said.
‘‘Most people don’t bang on about it. You keep your head down and get on with the job.’’
Mr Ryan, 64, has been in the wool industry all his working life.
‘‘I grew up in Church Street, Castle Hill where a neighbour was a wool exporter,’’ he said.
‘‘I’m not one for changing jobs. I like wool and have a passion for merino sheep. Wool has a lot of significant history as a natural fibre. Around 95 per cent of Australian wool is turned into apparel. It’s the best in the industry and it’s why I love what I do.’’
Mr Ryan bought wool broker Schute Bell Badgery Lumby 20 years ago, where he remains today as managing director.
He’s also on wool industry groups, the Exotic Animal Disease Joint Working Group and is the Royal Agricultural Society of NSW vice president.
‘‘We service the people on the land who produce wool,’’ Mr Ryan said.
‘‘The industry has gotten smaller and is self regulated. The industry gets a little bit of help from government but not a lot.’’