NO BARRIERS: TopX agent Sarah Packer at the Roma Saleyards on Tuesday.
NO BARRIERS: TopX agent Sarah Packer at the Roma Saleyards on Tuesday. Blake Antrobus

TopX agent Sarah Packer pushes back glass ceiling

TOPX agent Sarah Packer would doubt there's a glass ceiling in the agricultural sector, but she's making leaps and bounds of her own as one of the only female agents at the Roma Saleyards.

Having just celebrated 12 months of work with TopX, Ms Packer said it had been an unreal experience to see prices increase to their current levels.

"Back in the day you used to see 70c on the scales. Now it's gone from $3/kg to up to $4 at some points. It's a very exciting time right now, with something changing every week and the price changing as a result of it all," she said.

"For this season, supply and demand is coming into play, so we'll likely be seeing a rise in the market with the way New South Wales has been as well."

As one of the few female agents at the Roma Saleyards, Ms Packer said gender wasn't a huge issue within the industry as long as people got the job done.

"I suppose I would be seen as pushing the glass ceiling back and being a role model for women in the rural sector, when it's put that way," she said.

"I think I've got the personality to pull it off anyway. If the boys stir me, I stir them back twice as hard.

"But the saleyards are very accepting and it's not an issue as long as people do their job properly."

With the slight lift in the market, Ms Packer remained optimistic things would pick up with the consistent rain out west.

But she didn't see her role as a short-term one, stating she would definitely stay on board with TopX.

"I'd love to stay in Roma and keep working with TopX. There's great work out in the region," Ms Packer said.


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