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Beyond the Bale : March 2016
ON FARM 49 South Australia will set the scene for a new and exciting global sheep industry event, the World Merino Insight hosted by Merino SA on 4-9 September. The World Merino Insight is a new and exciting sheep industry event designed to run every four years in a biennial rotation with the World Merino Conference. The 2016 event will be held in, and near, Adelaide in September, coinciding with the Royal Adelaide Show, the Classings Classic Ram Sale, and the SA Stud Merino and Poll Merino Ram Sale. Organised by the South Australian Stud Merino Sheepbreeders’ Association (Merino SA) for the World Federation of Merino Breeders, and partnered by AWI and Thomas Foods International, the event aims to attract hundreds of international and local delegates to South Australia. Merino SA president Roger Fiebig said the event has an exciting program and will allow Australian producers to mingle with counterparts from across the world. “It’s exciting that SA has the chance to play host to such an important new, global event,” he said. “The World Merino Insight will give producers an educational and insightful look into all aspects of the sheep industry, and a chance to head along to the second biggest show in Australia, the Royal Adelaide Show.” The Show is popular with sheep breeders not only within South Australia but across Australia, and the world. It will form an important part of the week-long and diverse program designed for people in the sheep, meat and fashion industries. The program will also include an AWI- supported day ‘Global Merino Unity’ held at the Hilton Adelaide, the ‘TFI Merino Innovation Day’ at Murray Bridge and several social functions. Topics including wool promotion, sheepmeat handling and marketing, export trends and outlooks, sheep production improvements and the latest technology will be covered during the Global Merino Unity day. A panel session of international speakers will also give delegates a global update and insights from key Merino breeding nations. MORE INFORMATION Visit www.worldmerinoinsight.com to register for one of the several packages on offer. You can also follow Insight activities on Facebook under ‘World Merino Insight Adelaide 2016’. ADELAIDE TO HOST NEW INTERNATIONAL MERINO GATHERING 2016 PROGRAM SUNDAY 4 SEPTEMBER Rabobank Welcome Drinks: Evening function to open the World Merino Insight at the Hilton Adelaide. MONDAY 5 SEPTEMBER TFI Merino Innovation Day: Visit Murray Bridge by coach. Will include trade and Merino displays as well as the renowned Classings Classic Ram Sale. Informal evening function at the Adelaide home of Robert Ashby, former president of the World Federation of Merino Breeders. TUESDAY 6 SEPTEMBER Main conference day: ‘Global Merino Unity’ (with AWI guest speakers: General Manager Product Development and Commercialisation, Jimmy Jackson and AWI Sheep Industry Specialist, Stuart Hodgson) and the ‘AWI Global Merino Unity Conference Dinner’ at the Hilton Adelaide. WEDNESDAY 7 SEPTEMBER Attend Royal Adelaide Show and view industry competitions and the Schools’ Merino Wethers Competition. Small ‘behind the scenes’ group tour and Royal Adelaide Show Luncheon. Rabobank Merino Feature Breed Social Event: Evening event, including a fashion parade with garments provided by AWI and the TAFE SA School of Fashion and Footwear, in the Sheep Pavilion. THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER Delegates to attend Royal Adelaide Show to see the top-tier of Merino judging with the awarding of the Grand Supreme exhibit. Alternatively, delegates may undertake a tour of the Adelaide Hills including visiting the Michell Wool Processing plant, a Merino Stud’s homestead, a leading Barossa Valley winery for lunch, and a nature reserve. FRIDAY 9 SEPTEMBER SA Stud Merino and Poll Merino Ram Sale in the Sheep Pavilion at the Adelaide Showground. Held in picturesque Adelaide, delegates to the World Merino Insight will benefit not only from the close proximity of the city to the country, but also from the event being run in conjunction with the Royal Adelaide Show.
In the Shops - March 2016