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Beyond the Bale : September 2017
Applications are now open to young woolgrowers from across the country to join AWI’s 2018 Breeding Leadership course in Clare, South Australia, aimed at helping foster the next generation of leaders within the wool industry. Amelia Gibson from South Australia is the 2017 recipient of a Horizon Scholarship sponsored by AWI while she studies veterinary science at the University of Adelaide. If you are passionate about your industry and want to develop your skills to make a difference in the future, AWI’s Breeding Leadership professional development course is for you! Breeding Leadership is designed for anyone 25 to 35 years old currently working in agriculture with a focus on the wool industry. Held every two years, the course is next being held 18–23 February 2018 in Clare, South Australia. It is an excellent opportunity to network with more than 20 like-minded people from across Australia. Participants will get the opportunity to learn from skilled deliverers and be trained in areas such as people management, corporate governance, strategic planning and time management. The week’s events involve a mix of both classroom and field-work and, as well as excursions to stud and commercial operations, there will be an exposure to a variety of non-woolgrowing enterprises. At the end of the course, participants will have developed foundation leadership skills that will enable them to become enthusiastic, influential, dynamic and dedicated leaders within the wool industry and their local community. More than 125 young Australians have attended the course to date, with many previous participants now holding leadership positions within business and industry. APPLICATIONS OPEN NEXT GENERATION ON THE HORIZON BREEDING LEADERSHIP Participants at the 2016 Breeding Leadership course at Clare in South Australia. The Horizon Scholarship is an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation and aims to support the next generation of agricultural leaders. Under the scholarship, AWI is supporting Amelia throughout the course of her studies at the University of Adelaide by providing her with a financial bursary and professional support in the form of mentoring, professional development workshops and industry placement. Amelia grew up on a company-owned Merino station in the north-west pastoral area of South Australia and is now in her first year of studying veterinary science at the University of Adelaide. “I spent my gap year working on the station and absolutely loved it,” Amelia said. “I chose to study vet science because I want to work in an area that is going to challenge Breeding Leadership was established in 2002 by the South Australian Stud Merino Breeders Association and became a national program through the Australian Association of Stud Merino Breeders in 2004. Since 2012 AWI has funded the course. Participants are required to pay a course fee of $370 (GST inclusive) which contributes to the cost of the program. Applications close on Monday, 16 October 2017. MORE INFORMATION The application form is available at www.wool.com/breedingleadership me and allow me to be involved at a hands- on level. “Ideally I would like to work with production animals and livestock. I plan to continue to live in rural Australia – I love the lifestyle and people and how rewarding it can be.” The Horizon Scholarship will provide Amelia with the opportunity to network with different people from the agricultural industry and take part in wool industry work placements. “I am looking forward to the opportunity not only to gain experience in the veterinary industry, but also network and learn from people in all areas of agriculture and animal production,” Amelia said. MORE INFORMATION Applications for 2018 Horizon Scholarships open on 1 November. See www.rirdc.gov.au Amelia Gibson 32 ON FARM
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