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Beyond the Bale : June 2015
ON FARM 39 new technology and allow producers to expertly assess feed requirements and availability to optimise both animal welfare and productivity. One of the most compelling findings from his studies was that the main inhibiting factor to sheep businesses around the world was not production but cash accounting systems which give distorted business metrics, so he attended an Accrual Accounting Business Course in Austin, Texas, hosted by the ‘rich father’ from the book Rich Dad Poor Dad as part of the scholarship. To showcase this, James has set up an organisation called agrihive.com to increase forecasting, business metrics and training for livestock industries worldwide to support production through case studies and digital tools. “Remote real-time individual physiological monitoring and forecasting and business metrics for animal management is on the verge of a revolution. When the revolution occurs it will transform agriculture and animal management – socially, environmentally and financially. With this scholarship I will be at the forefront. I encourage woolgrowers to take this opportunity and shift their industry!” AWI invites people from the wool industry across Australia to apply for the 2016 AWI Nuffield Wool Scholarship. Applications close on 30 June 2015. The scholarship, worth $30,000, will enable the successful recipient to travel overseas and study an agricultural topic of his/her choice. The scholarship is a unique opportunity to study a particular subject of interest, and increase practical knowledge and management skills and techniques in the Australian wool industry. MORE INFORMATION For more information about previous recipients of the AWI Nuffield Wool Scholarship, visit www.wool.com/ nuffield. To apply for the scholarship, or to access Nuffield students’ reports, visit www.nuffield.com.au APPLICATIONS FOR 2016 CLOSE SOON If you have ambitions of being a leader in the rural community, then the Australian Rural Leadership Program (ARLP) can provide you with the experience and skills to help fast track you towards your goal. “The course effectively condenses into 15 months what most community leaders would learn from 15 years of experience, and provides a unique experience that is hard to find outside such a program,” says Chris Mirams from Albury in NSW, who was the AWI-sponsored participant in the 2008 edition of the course. “It’s a big commitment for everyone involved – the families, businesses and organisations who are prepared to let these people invest their time by participating in the course.” Applications for Course 23 of the ARLP, which runs from August 2016 to October 2017, close on 31 August 2015. Chris encourages people in the wool industry to apply for the course, saying the intensive training program is designed to produce a group of people from regional Australia with a shared vision and a commitment to lead change. “I completed the ARLP with greater motivation and with the confidence to take on greater responsibility. More than 650 people have gone through the program, and a large number have ended up in influential roles in their communities and industries,” Chris says. “It’s so important for the wool industry, other rural industries and regional Australia to have a base of trained people with the capacity to put forward a professional voice to build a resilient rural Australia. The Course 23 program begins with a fortnight in the Kimberley during August 2016, with other sessions planned in Melbourne, regional Queensland, Indonesia and Canberra. Much of the course is spent developing skills and exposing participants to a range of issues and perspectives, as well as encouraging ongoing discussions on values and beliefs. “The whole exercise during the program has been to get us to think differently and work through issues which affect regional communities,” Chris says. “The Kimberley session in particular is extraordinary and was a life-changing experience for many of us.” The 34 program participants in Chris’s 2008 course were aged 26 to 56 years and included indigenous Australians, primary producers, community-based workers, employees of rurally oriented service providers, staff from government departments, and individuals from research and development organisations. Chris is currently partner in Chris Mirams & Associates, and board member of Meat & Livestock Australia and Holbrook Landcare Network. His past positions include manager of the 2,700 hectare property Woomargama Station, south of Holbrook, where he ran 10,000 fine-wool Merinos and 1,000 cattle, and for which he was finalist in the NSW Farmer of the Year awards. He was also chair of the EverGraze National Advisory Committee, on the boards of Alpine Valleys Community Leadership Program and the Scots School Albury, chair of the Eastern Murray Landcare & Producer Group, and member of AWI’s Wool Production Advisory Committee. MORE INFORMATION www.wool.com/ARLP www.rural-leaders.com.au Now is your chance to join a network of leaders working collaboratively to advance the interests of rural industries and communities. LEADERSHIP PROGRAM AUSTRALIAN RURAL Chris Mirams (second left) delivering Lifetime Ewe Management training at Holbrook, NSW.