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Beyond the Bale : March 2016
ON FARM 47 Participants at the 2016 Breeding Leadership course at Clare in South Australia. FUTURE LEADERS’ OPTIMISM FOR WOOL The future of the wool industry is in good hands judging by the latest group of Breeding Leadership participants. The week-long course has now helped progress the careers of almost 150 young people within the wool industry, many of which hold leading wool roles today. Now in its sixth year, Breeding Leadership arms young woolgrowers, studmasters, woolclassers, wool agents, students and business people with the skills and tools to become better leaders. The program develops skills and knowledge in personality typing, business strategy, working in teams and innovative thinking. The AWI event, held every two years, involves participants from every state. The course this year was held at Clare in South Australia, and the group also toured two wool-focused businesses: Michell Wool in Adelaide and Anlaby Station near Kapunda, gaining valuable insights into their vision and business strategies. “The week provided a toolkit to go away with and help drive the industry forward,” said Samantha Neumann, who works for Elders in Adelaide. “It was also an opportunity to develop a network with enthusiastic people that have a passion for the wool industry.” Andrew Rolfe from Cooma, NSW, commented, “the course has provided me with the strength to go back to the farm and build the business. The leadership skills learnt will be very handy for me; the timing is perfect for my career and stage of business”. Funded by AWI and delivered by Rural Directions Pty Ltd, Breeding Leadership forms a key part of a growing commitment to education in the wool industry. Alongside initiatives such as the National Merino Challenge, Hay Rural Education Program, Nuffield Scholarship, Australian Rural Leadership Program, Horizon Scholarship, Youth in Agriculture, Learn About Wool Kits and the Young Studmaster Muster, AWI is helping to foster and educate the new generations of wool specialists. 26 wool industry representatives participated in Breeding Leadership 2016. FAST FACTS • AWI held a five-day professional development course for young woolgrowers in February. • The 26 participants in the Breeding Leadership course are the next generation of leaders within the wool industry. • At the course, the participants discussed marketing, leading and managing people, corporate governance, succession planning, time management and strategic planning. Attendees Jordan Hoban Cowra NSW Caris Jones Armidale NSW Floyd Legge Cudal NSW Annabel Lugsdin Hay NSW Adele Offley Young NSW Andrew Rayner Mudgee NSW Daniel Rayner Oberon NSW Andrew Rolfe Cooma NSW Lachlan Sutton Broken Hill NSW Alistair Turner Hay NSW Dayne West Dubbo NSW Alex Willson Crookwell NSW Troy Yarnold Woolbrook NSW Anthony Yeo Canowindra NSW Alex Stirton Charleville QLD Chris Turnbull Tambo QLD John Dalla Warooka SA Tyler Dennis Port Lincoln SA Ed Morgan Cockburn SA Sam Neumann Adelaide SA Sarah Slee Wilmington SA Belinda Amess Caramut Vic Becky McKay Dunneworthy Vic Anna Cotton Swansea Tas Scott Button Tammin WA Alice Wilsdon Esperance WA
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