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Beyond the Bale : March 2018
WELCOMING OUR YOUNG GRADUATES TO THE WOOL FAMILY AWI is delighted to announce the three graduates that have been chosen to take part in the inaugural 2018 AWI Graduate Training Program. The calibre of candidates we received was outstanding, and it was an extremely rigorous process for our graduates to get through to the final stage. Congratulations to our successful graduates, who started at AWI this month. ELLIE BIGWOOD Ellie was born and raised on a Merino sheep farm in the Great Southern region of WA. She has just graduated with a Bachelor of Science, majoring in Animal Science and Biological Sciences at Murdoch University. Ellie was the recipient of a $3,000 scholarship from the Australian Government to study aspects of the agricultural supply chain in China. BEN MADGWICK Ben grew up on properties throughout the Liverpool plains of NSW and spent his formative years assisting his family in wool production. Ben has graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Design Computing and, while studying, has maintained employment related to his studies to develop his skills in the digital/ marketing space. BLAKE CHANDLER Blake has just graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Agriculture Economics. While completing his degree, Blake immersed himself into agriculture. Obtaining casual employment with Hassad Australia – an international agribusiness – he spent some time in rural NSW working on Merino farms and learning about the wool industry. Woolgrowers and sheep producers are invited to attend LambEx 2018 in Perth, WA, in August. More than 800 delegates are expected to attend LambEx, which will include informative and inspirational presentations, trade displays, entertainment and networking opportunities. For the first-time since its inaugural event, LambEx 2018 will return to Perth, Western Australia, on 5-7 August, with Australian woolgrowers and the Australian sheep and lamb industry invited to attend. The event is shaping up to be one of its best-ever, with an exciting program featuring a star line-up of international, Australian and local speakers who will present on a wide-range of topics within the sheep and lamb industry. Internationally recognised CEO for The Center for Food Integrity in the US, Charlie Arnot was recently announced as a keynote speaker, discussing the importance of building trust with consumers through shared values. His presentation will also cover the role technology will play across all facets of the industry in the future. “LambEx attracts more than 800 delegates and 70 exhibitors and is a great opportunity to promote WA’s world class lamb industry,” LambEx Chair Bindi Murray said. “All sectors of the lamb industry have come together to build on LambEx’s previous success and to ensure the Australian sheep and lamb industry continues its proud tradition of showcasing its industry. “Australian producers are world leaders in the production of wool and lamb and we’re excited to be able to grow the event and showcase our awesome and innovative Australian sheep, lamb and wool industry.” As a major event partner of LambEx, AWI will be promoting the role of Merinos within lamb enterprises and showcasing opportunities to sheep producers who might not normally associate with Merino or wool enterprises. As Merinos account for upwards of 75% of the national flock, it is crucial to promote the value Merinos contribute to the Australian wool and sheep industries as a whole, and their importance in rebuilding the national flock. AWI is sponsoring the LambEx 2018 GrandsLamb Dinner – an evening with great entertainment and fabulous food, which is sure to be a memorable experience for delegates. Early bird registrations for LambEx will open in March. The two main LambEx conference days are 6-7 August with registration and the official welcome to be held on 5 August, from 4pm until 8pm. Post conference tours are offered on 8 August. MORE INFORMATION Visit www.lambex.com.au or contact Event Organiser, Rebecca Jeisman, AgCommunicators on firstname.lastname@example.org or 08 8332 3277 to find out more. Woolgrower and LambEx Chair Bindi Murray at the event’s location, Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. ON FARM 47
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